County Executive Picente Announces Intentions To Keep Griffiss Tower Open

County Executive Picente announced today he is actively pursuing options allowing the Griffiss International Airport Tower to remain open for business. On March 22nd the FAA announced it would close the FAA Control Tower at Griffiss Airport due to automatic budget cuts that were triggered by sequestration.   

Picente met with his airport team as well as the major tenants at Griffiss to discuss every option to secure a seamless transition from an FAA Control Tower to a Control Tower that remains open without federal funding. 

Oneida County Makes Official Appeal to Save Griffiss Air Control Tower

Picente working with state and federal legislators to pursue every option

Today, Anthony Picente delivered to the FAA an official letter of appeal laying out the specific reasons the Air Control Tower at Griffiss should remain open.  The FAA is considering one rationale for keeping certain towers open; National Interest. 

Picente and Dwyer to Announce County’s Position on Pistol Permit Records

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that he and Oneida County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer will further explain the County’s position on FOIL requests of pistol permit records.      

Time:  10:30 a.m.

Date:   Thursday February 28, 2013

Place:  Oneida County Executive’s Conference Room, 10th Floor,
              Oneida County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica.

Picente: Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Receives Extra Funding

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program has received a $30,000 increase in  funding provided by the New York State Department of Health’s Lead Primary Prevention grant and will use that money to increase inspections in the areas of Utica at the highest risk of lead poisoning.

Picente: County 911 Center Receives State Accreditation

In another measure of the outstanding work done at Oneida County’s 911 Emergency Operations Center, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the New York State Sheriff’s Association has bestowed its coveted accreditation upon Oneida County’s center.

Accreditation by the NYS Sheriff’s Association requires that 70 standards be met. Only 12 911 Centers in New York State have been able to achieve this standard.

Picente: Guard Aircraft Use Griffiss for Training

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that over the next several months Air National Guard C-17s will conduct periodic night training at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. 

Members of the 137th Air Lift Squadron, 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburg will be conducting  conventional and simulated night time tactical approaches to the Griffiss runway. The Guard unit is coordinating with Million Air Fixed Base Operators (FBO) for support activities during the period.

Picente Urges Oneida County-Based Students, Employers To Apply Now for College Corps Summer Internships

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County College Corps Internship Program is accepting applications from potential interns and employers. Last year, 145 interns worked at 51 Oneida County employers in the highly successful internship program.

County LPP Employs Tablets In Home Inspections

Picente: “Another ‘Tool in the Toolbox’ to Combat Childhood Lead Poisoning”

The Oneida County Lead Poisoning Prevention field staff is employing innovative technology solutions to increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of their home inspection activities, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.  The use of iPADs will reduce the time spent on each home inspection and improve communications with office-based supervisors, resulting in an increase in the number of home lead inspections that can be conducted.