2017 News Archives

Posted: 12/27/2017

National Children Alliance Recognizes Center’s High-Quality Service to Child Abuse Victims

UTICA — The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center has been awarded reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.

As the accrediting agency for Children’s...

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Posted: 12/07/2017
December 7, 2017

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...

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Posted: 12/07/2017

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today that the Oneida County Youth Bureau and the Utica College Men’s Basketball Program have partnered for a free basketball clinic will take place on Dec. 9.

The clinic is for co-ed youth ages 8-17 and will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center at Utica...

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Posted: 12/04/2017

Oneida County hires law firms to investigate legal options

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the county has hired counsel to explore potential litigation in recovering the expenses incurred fighting the opioid epidemic.

Picente said the county has enlisted the Cherundolo...

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Posted: 11/20/2017

Global day of giving to be celebrated Nov. 28

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. raised awareness for Giving Tuesday today at an event that took place at Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and...

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Posted: 11/14/2017

Employees form ‘Human Blue Circle’ at County Office Building

Oneida County employees gathered outside of the County Office Building in Utica today to form a “Human Blue Circle” in honor of World Diabetes Day.

Dressed in blue — the color that represents diabetes awareness — the group encircled the Oneida...

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Posted: 11/09/2017

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the Oneida County Youth Bureau is accepting proposals from interested non-profit organizations and cities, towns and villages that would like the opportunity to provide youth-oriented programs that offer delinquency prevention, recreation and positive youth development...

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Posted: 10/31/2017

Multi-faceted approach includes $100,000 ‘farmer to consumer’ funding and ongoing implementation of Farmland Protection Plan

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County Legislator Keith Schiebel and representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County and the Oneida County...

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Posted: 10/26/2017

New Syracuse University Law Clinic Locations Announced for Utica and Rome

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today the expansion of legal aid services to local veterans through a partnership with the Syracuse University...

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Posted: 10/23/2017

650 youth volunteers served 110 senior citizen homes

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the 9th Annual Oneida County Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up saw 650 youth volunteers serve 110 senior citizen homes.

The county initiative is a partnership between the Oneida County...

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Posted: 10/13/2017

Coordinator Named, Survey and Forums Announced

Oneida County’s Livable Communities Project continues to move forward with today’s announcement of the hiring of a project coordinator, the release of two community-wide needs assessment surveys and a series of upcoming...

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Posted: 10/12/2017

Will include vehicle demonstrations, flight simulations and data collection

Oneida County has been awarded $2.5 million in additional task orders through its NASA contract with Griffiss International Airport.

The task orders — which are to be completed over the next year — each have unique objectives,...

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Posted: 10/05/2017

Proposed Budget Calls for No Property Tax Increase for Fifth Straight Year

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. unveiled his 2018 proposed county budget and capital plan on Thursday in an address to the County Board of Legislators.

The $407.8 million budget proposal included a balanced budget...

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Posted: 10/04/2017

Education, Cancer Screenings and Fundraising Takes Place throughout October

All October long, Oneida County will be taking part in a series of events for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will educate...

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Posted: 09/29/2017

NASA to Advise in Further Development of Drone Corridor and Other Unmanned Aerial Systems Projects in New York State

SRC Plans to Hire 1,000 New Employees in Next Five Years as a Result of Increased Industry Growth and Demand

State Investment in Burgeoning Drone Industry Complements "...

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Posted: 09/29/2017

New York State Invests $10.5 Million to Support 21,000 Square-Foot Aud Expansion, Critical to AHL's Decision to Host All-Star Game in Utica
All-Star Weekend Will Attract Thousands of Visitors to Oneida County and Highlight Utica's Revitalization to Global Audience


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Posted: 09/28/2017

On September 27, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced the 10-year, multi-million-dollar naming rights partnership between The AUD Authority and Adirondack Bank, amending the name of The AUD to the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The naming rights deal is the first in the history of the venue, which...

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Posted: 09/21/2017

Oneida Sherriff’s Office’s Contributions Honored

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has proclaimed the week of September 17-23, 2017 to be Sheriff’s Week in Oneida County.

Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the Office of the Sheriff in county government and in the...

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Posted: 09/19/2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvests Garden Planters; Educates Public

Vegetables that have been growing for months in planters at the Oneida County Office Building are now being harvested and provided to those who need them most.

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Posted: 09/15/2017

Local governments come together to save taxpayers money

After months of collaboration between the cities, towns and villages of Oneida County, a county-wide Shared Services Savings Plan has been finalized that will save taxpayers money for years to come.

The Oneida County Shared Services Panel was overseen by County...

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Posted: 08/08/2017

Dear Mr. President,

The comments you recently made to the Wall Street Journal encouraging residents to leave Upstate New York were extremely disappointing and reckless.

I expect more from not only the President of the United States, but a fellow New Yorker. Especially considering you carried much of Upstate New York - including...

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Posted: 07/31/2017

“Eleanor and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Bernie Burns and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Bernie was a great friend who served Oneida County well as a Legislator representing parts of Kirkland and New Hartford for more than 20 years. His name was synonymous with Clinton, having dedicated much...

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Posted: 07/21/2017

County finishes in the 2017 Digital Counties Survey’s top 10

For the third year in a row, Oneida County has been named one of America’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.

Oneida County finished in the top 10 in the 150,000 to 249,000 population category in...

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Posted: 07/19/2017

County Executive frustrated by lack of emergency assistance to local flood victims

Frustrated by the lack of federal and state aid in the wake Oneida County’s recent flooding, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has urged federal leaders to loosen the restrictions on FEMA aid and reevaluate the way it is distributed.

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Posted: 07/14/2017

65 participated in Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute event

The winners of the Ninth Annual Oneida County Youth Bureau Sidewalk Art Contest have been announced.

The event took place July 13 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica. Sixty-five county youth participated through various agencies.


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Posted: 07/05/2017

Funding will assist municipalities, residents and small businesses

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced funding Wednesday morning aimed at mitigating and providing relief for the devastating effects of flooding throughout the area. The announcement was made at the Whitesboro Fire Department.


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Posted: 07/01/2017

 Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has declared a state of emergency in Oneida County due to the damage caused by yesterday’s flooding.

There is currently no imminent danger due to rain fall, however, in order to begin the process of potentially securing state and federal funds to deal with the damage and...

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Posted: 06/29/2017

County Executive praises joint effort to save 300 jobs 

“I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature — and commend the hard work of Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi — for securing the future of Vernon Downs and protecting 300 jobs in Oneida County. This is a prime example of what we...

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Posted: 06/22/2017

DSS caseworkers team up with Utica Police Department to provide assistance

The Oneida County Department of Social Services launched an outreach operation this morning to assess the needs of panhandlers throughout the City of Utica and help align them with the proper services.

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr...

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Posted: 06/21/2017

$1,275 donated through dress down day bracelet sales

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. presented a check to the American Cancer Society this morning representing money raised by county employees for colon cancer research and awareness.

During the month of March, county employees raised $1,275 through colon...

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Posted: 06/19/2017

2017 summer session highlighted by several new features

With Phase II of the renovation to the REA Wing at Union Station complete, the Oneida County Public Market has a new look for its summer session and several new features for visitors.


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Posted: 06/15/2017

The Oneida County Youth Bureau and County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. recognized six honorees today for their volunteerism and leadership contributions to the community.

The Youth Bureau’s inaugural Community Recognition Award Ceremony, which took place just prior to the Board of Legislators monthly meeting, honored five county...

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Posted: 06/07/2017

County Executive supports village decision, offers assistance
“I would like to congratulate the residents of the Village of Barneveld on their historic decision in yesterday’s vote.  The...

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Posted: 06/05/2017

All mayors and town supervisors invited to state-required meeting 

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that he has invited all of the county’s 46 city and village mayors and town supervisors to participate in a Shared Services Panel that has been required by New York State.

The fiscal year 2018...

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Posted: 05/25/2017

Lucretia Hunt, T.R. Proctor NJROTC overall award winners

The Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care and its Advisory Long Term Care Council presented its 2017 Older American Awards Thursday and recognized more than 60 individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community.

The Older...

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Posted: 05/16/2017

AUD, craft beer center and gaming facility to serve as epicenter of ‘The U District’

To view the presentation click here

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. laid out his transformative...

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Posted: 05/04/2017

23rd Annual Selective Law Enforcement Recognition Breakfast Takes Place at MVCC

The Oneida County STOP DWI Program honored local law enforcement members Thursday for their 2016 DWI enforcement efforts at the 23rd Annual Selective Law Enforcement Recognition Breakfast at Mohawk Valley...

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Posted: 04/28/2017

Oneida County’s Department of Aviation Hosts FAA UAS Test Site Meeting

For the first time ever, Oneida County’s Department of Aviation played host to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Technical Interchange Meeting this week at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome Campus.


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Posted: 04/27/2017

Recent strides made in the areas of education and transportation

With one of the classrooms for Mohawk Valley Community College’s newly instituted small Unoccupied Aerial Systems degree program as the backdrop this morning, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. updated the progress being made in his...

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Posted: 04/25/2017

Education events take place over the next week; Games this weekend

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., along with Oneida County STOP DWI Program and the Oneida County Youth Bureau, participating school districts, partners and sponsors announced today the details of the 2017 Teen Traffic Safety Week and STOP...

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Posted: 04/21/2017

Several events planned leading up to 10th Annual Walk for Autism

National Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about autism, promote inclusion and self-determination for all and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality...

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Posted: 04/20/2017

Spring clean-up takes place this weekend; Fall clean-up in October

UTICA — 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 9th Annual Intergenerational Clean-Ups.


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Posted: 04/19/2017

Fitch, Standard and Poors and Moody’s maintain high credit ratings; Negative outlook removed by latter

Oneida County’s stellar credit rating has once again been confirmed by the three major national credit agencies, all of which maintained their high assessments, and one of which removed its negative outlook....

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Posted: 04/10/2017

We All Can Play a Part in Building Community, Building Hope, Keeping Our Children Safe

This month and throughout the year, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, and Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in...

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Posted: 04/05/2017

UTICA – Employees of Oneida County donated $21,062.50 to the 2017 fundraising campaign of the United Way, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced Wednesday.

County employees raised the money by a number of means including payroll deductions, one-time contributions, dress down days, raffles and a bake sale.

“I am...

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Posted: 03/17/2017

“At this time we are learning more and more about the proposed federal budget every minute. We know this is a fluid process, and I obviously have concerns about funding levels for necessary programs, such as HEAP and home-delivered meals and what their fates might be. We are working diligently to nail down specific details. We will continue to...

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Posted: 03/15/2017

For Immediate Release

Due to the continuing winter weather conditions, all Oneida County Offices will be closed Wednesday March 15.

County offices were previously scheduled to open at noon today, but will now be closed for the entire day.

Please continue to check for updates on this evolving situation.

Posted: 03/09/2017

Several events to raise money, awareness take place throughout March

UTICA — The Oneida County Health Department is coordinating several events throughout the month of March to raise awareness and money for the fight against colon cancer.

The Health Department is sponsoring a dress down day on March 10 in which...

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Posted: 03/02/2017

Picente launches Twitter account in conjunction with event

For the first time ever, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.’s State of the County Address will be live video streamed on Facebook when he delivers the speech Thursday March 2.

The public can watch the address in its entirety on the new Oneida...

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Posted: 02/22/2017

Nearly 1,000 Youth Volunteered Close to 10,000 Hours in 2016

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today that in 2016, 990 youth gave back 9,751 volunteer hours to the community through the Oneida County Youth Bureau’s Children Care Initiative.

“Just as Oneida County supports our youth through...

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Posted: 01/24/2017

“I recently saw in national reports that global technology company Foxconn is interested in building a flat-panel display screen factory in the United States and is exploring the options that are available.  Because we have a site ready to go in Marcy with a $600 million commitment from New York State behind it, I immediately contacted a...

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Posted: 01/19/2017

Change included in governor’s executive budget

“This settlement agreement was reached by four parties after a long negotiation and for New York State and Madison County to now change that arrangement, without including the other two parties, is wrong.  I believe what is outlined in Governor Cuomo’s budget is a breach of that agreement...

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Posted: 01/12/2017

Picente calls speech ‘State of Syracuse’; Oneida County absent

“I’m extremely disappointed in the speech given by Governor Cuomo today which was clearly more of a ‘State of Syracuse’ then that of the region. Today, Governor Cuomo laid out an economic development plan for the City of Syracuse that invested in...

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Posted: 01/03/2017

“I'm beyond disappointed to see the Governor veto such an important piece of unanimous bi-partisan legislation. Not only would this bill have provided for a fairer form of public justice, as outlined in the Hurrell-Harring court settlement, but would've brought, long sought after,  true mandate relief. I'm also confused by the Governor's...

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