2018 News Archives

Posted: 05/24/2018

Florence Wood, Bank of America Overall Winners

The Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care presented its 2018 Older American Awards Thursday at Hart’s Hill Inn, recognizing nearly 50 individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community.

The Older American Awards honor... Read more

Posted: 05/24/2018

More Than 30 Farmers Gather to Discuss Concerns, Find Solutions

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. led a forum Wednesday night in which more than 30 local dairy farmers discussed their concerns over their struggling industry and searched for ways to find solutions.

Following up on a pledge... Read more

Posted: 05/15/2018

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. and New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi today said they have written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, expressing their strong disappointment that the proposal from New York State, Amazon and other partners to participate in an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot Program... Read more

Posted: 05/10/2018

The Oneida County STOP-DWI Program today announced the law enforcement award winners at its 24th Annual Recognition Breakfast at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus.

The event — which is sponsored by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Foundation — is designed to honor individual officers and police agencies for their... Read more

Posted: 05/10/2018

Two-Year Allocation Will Help Pay Deferred Maintenance Costs

Oneida County will provide $300,000 to the Utica Zoo over a two-year period to help pay for deferred maintenance and rehabilitation costs that will enable the regional asset to achieve accreditation from the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Posted: 05/03/2018

Stellar Credit Ratings Once Again Issued by Fitch, Standard and Poors and Moody’s

Oneida County remains in high financial standing as stellar credit ratings have once again been issued by the three major national credit agencies.

Fitch again rated Oneida County AA for 2018, while Standard and Poors... Read more

Posted: 04/30/2018

Week-long Driver Safety Education and Enforcement Culminate in Baseball Classic 

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol kicked off their respective 2018 Teen Traffic Safety Week and No Empty Chair Campaign events today at Holland Patent High School.

A joint... Read more

Posted: 04/27/2018

Spring Clean-Up Takes Place This Weekend, Fall Clean-Up In October

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the Oneida County Youth Bureau and the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care will once again join forces for the 10th Annual Intergenerational Clean-Ups.

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Posted: 04/26/2018

The Oneida County Employee Wellness Fair - Coming Soon!

The Oneida County Wellness Committee is hosting an Oneida County Employee Wellness Fair on May 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oneida County Office Building 800 Park Ave, Utica.

We are seeking professionals who provide Health & Wellness... Read more

Posted: 04/13/2018

Building and Employees Go Blue, Pinwheels Placed & Caseworkers Recognized

Oneida County is doing its part to raise awareness all April long in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Oneida County raised awareness of efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in a variety of ways... Read more

Posted: 04/11/2018

Frank Furno Steps Down After More Than 14 Years of Service

After serving more than 14 years as Oneida County Public Defender-Civil, Frank Furno has retired.

“It truly has been my pleasure to work with the county administration, the other professional department heads and the dedicated workers throughout... Read more

Posted: 04/10/2018

$500,000 Committed for School Special Patrol Officers; Emergency Services Positions & New DSS Safeguards Created

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today several initiatives aimed at strengthening community safety.

The multifaceted approach was introduced last month during... Read more

Posted: 03/27/2018

Nearly $50,000 Allotted for Books for Babies and Summer Reading Programs & eBooks

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., along with the directors of the Mid York Library System, Jervis and Utica Public Libraries and Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, announced today that nearly $50,000 in... Read more

Posted: 03/09/2018

Ambrose Takes Over Oneida County’s Information Technology, Mail Room and Print Shop

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr, announced today that AnneMarie Ambrose has been hired as the new Director of Central Services.

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Posted: 03/06/2018

Gaming Revenue Remains Strong; Sales Tax Collection Up

The financial foundation of Oneida County continues to strengthen thanks to a steady and increasing stream of revenue from the Oneida Nation’s gaming earnings and sales tax collection.

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that... Read more

Posted: 03/05/2018

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month the Oneida County Office Building will be lit blue during the month of March. The Health Department is also sponsoring a dress down day on March 23 in which county employees are encouraged to wear blue jeans and purchase a blue bracelet for $5 with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s... Read more

Posted: 03/02/2018

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has declared a state of emergency in Oneida County due the effects of winter storm Riley.

After conferring with emergency officials, Picente made the declaration in order to preserve public safety and render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being and health... Read more

Posted: 03/02/2018

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has issued a travel advisory effective immediately and has announced that all Oneida County offices will be closed for business today.

With high snow accumulation levels expected in some areas and poor visibility and road conditions... Read more

Posted: 02/22/2018

Feb. 21, 2018

U.S Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Administrator Brock Long
500 C Street, SW
Washington D.C. 20472

Dear Administrator Long,

Recently you made a determination to deny New York State and Oneida County a disaster declaration for the flooding that... Read more

Posted: 02/21/2018

More than 1,000 Youth Volunteered Over 5,500 Hours in 2017

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that in 2017, 1,323 youth gave back 5,685 volunteer hours to the community through the Oneida County Youth Bureau’s Children Care Initiative.

“The Oneida County Children Care... Read more

Posted: 02/20/2018

New York businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from July 1 through July 24, 2017, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Starting today, SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at Union Station at 321 Main St. in Utica to answer questions about the... Read more

Posted: 02/12/2018

Rates to Fund Initial Upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Plant

Over the past 11 years, Oneida County Sewer District (OCSD) representatives, engineers and member municipalities have worked diligently to identify and implement a cost-efficient strategy to rehabilitate their aging sanitary sewer system.

Extensive camera... Read more

Posted: 02/07/2018

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has issued a travel advisory effective immediately and has announced that all Oneida County offices will close for business at 1:30 p.m.

With snow expected to continue falling throughout the afternoon, and poor visibility and poor road conditions expected, Picente is urging no unnecessary travel... Read more

Posted: 01/17/2018

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget presentation is the first step in a process that will span months. I will continue to take a hard look at this budget and the ways it will affect Oneida County. We need see emerging details in all parts of this budget, including tax policy as we deal with the effect the federal tax bill will have on communities... Read more

Travel Advisory for Oneida County
Posted: 01/13/2018

Oneida County Travel Advisory Lifted as of 1 p.m.

The travel advisory issued this morning by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will be lifted as of 1 p.m.

While the snow has tapered off, Picente still urges travels to exercise caution as temperatures will continue to dip and some areas of the county... Read more

Posted: 01/10/2018

As of Jan. 1, No Tobacco or e-Device Use Allowed at Any County Facility

As of Jan. 1, local law prohibits the use of tobacco products and e-devices on property owned or leased by Oneida County and is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.

The local law prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing... Read more

Posted: 01/08/2018

Chad Lawrence Assumes Position Effective Immediately

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that Michael “Chad” Lawrence has been appointed as Aviation Commissioner at the Oneida County Griffiss International Airport. Chad has been Deputy Commissioner since 2013.

“Chad has a lifetime of... Read more

Posted: 01/03/2018

Oneida County Health Department Advises Cold Weather, Winter Storm Prevention Tips

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Plan ahead by preparing your home and cars, prepare for power outages and dress warmly if outdoor activity is necessary. Check on older adults as well.

“As extremely... Read more