2018 News Archives

Posted: 12/21/2018

Access to be Expanded Further in Spring

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that free public WiFi access is now available in portions of Union Station in Utica.

The Oneida County Information Technology Department launched the WiFi signal Friday morning, and it is...

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Posted: 12/11/2018

Sustainability Action Plan Reviewed with Oneida County Dairy Farmers

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. led a forum Monday night in which the county’s Dairy Farmer Sustainability Action Plan was reviewed by more than two dozen local dairy farmers at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oriskany.


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Posted: 12/10/2018

Cady Assumes Position Effective Immediately

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that Patrick D. Cady has been appointed as Director of Probation effective immediately.

“Pat Cady has been an integral part of our Probation Department for 24 years and has made many valuable...

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Posted: 12/06/2018

Tomidy Leaves Behind Lasting Legacy

Oneida County Probation Director David A. Tomidy is retiring after 45 years of esteemed service.

Tomidy, 68, served the County Probation Department at every capacity during his career, receiving many accolades for his efforts to help members of the community rebuild...

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Posted: 12/04/2018

Urges State Leaders to Facilitate Upstate Downstate Partnership

In light of Amazon’s future headquarters in New York City, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has called for a collaboration between Amazon and the county’s nation-leading Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site at Griffiss International...

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Posted: 12/03/2018

Picente Announces SPOs Will Protect All 10 Utica Elementary Schools

Utilizing funding made available by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., the Utica City School District will soon join seven other school districts that have County Special Patrol Officers securing their buildings.

As part of...

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Posted: 11/29/2018

New RapidLite Tool Now Complementing Emergency Call System

The Oneida County 911 Center is now complementing its emergency calling system with a tool that receives fast and accurate location data through 911 calls made from mobile devices.

The Oneida County Department of Emergency Services began using...

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Posted: 11/21/2018

Picente Named Top ‘Real Man’ as County Goes Pink All October

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. presented a $4,225 check to the American Cancer Society today for the funds Oneida County raised in the fight against breast cancer.

The money was raised through a series of employee dress...

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Posted: 10/24/2018

$125,000 Already Awarded to Two Local Companies

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today, that $350,000 in grant money is available to help startup and existing companies in the county provide new job opportunities.

The Oneida County Program Income Grant program is designed to...

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Posted: 10/23/2018

630 Volunteers Clean 120 Homes During 10th Annual Event

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that 630 youth volunteers cleaned up 120 homes for senior citizens this past weekend during the 10th Annual Oneida County Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up.

Each year, the Oneida County...

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Posted: 10/17/2018

Joint Effort to Install Security Cameras Latest in Effort to Improve Experience

The Oneida County Department of Motor Vehicles has taken another step in improving security measures at its Utica office that will increase safety and assist local law enforcement to combat illegal activities ranging from fraud to...

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Posted: 10/16/2018

Oneida County to Pay Over $500,000 to Send Students to FIT

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has requested that New York State reexamine its process for charging counties for its residents to attend community colleges statewide.

In a letter to SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, Picente...

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Posted: 10/15/2018

Library Initiative Officially Launches at MVHS

Beginning today, every Oneida County newborn will receive a free book. Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. officially kicked off the Books for Babies program Monday at Mohawk Valley Health System’s Faxton Campus.

Designed to engage parents in the...

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Posted: 10/05/2018

Proposed Budget Calls for No Increase to Property Tax Levy

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. unveiled his 2019 proposed county budget and capital plan on Friday in an address to the County Board of Legislators.

The $419.6 million budget proposal included a balanced budget with no increase in...

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Posted: 09/10/2018

Picente Announces 28 Special Patrol Officers Now Covering Six School Districts

With the new school year now underway, returning students and their parents can rest assured that several districts across Oneida County are now safer places to learn and flourish.

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr...

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Posted: 08/30/2018

Multi-Layered Attack Aims to Alleviate Strain of Industry Crisis

As a result of the Oneida County Dairy Farmers Forum he conducted in the spring, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. introduced a Dairy Farmer Sustainability Action Plan today that will help combat the crippling industry crisis at a local...

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Posted: 08/16/2018

“Governor Cuomo’s statement today is disappointing, sad and wrong.  He owes this state and nation an apology.  America is, has always been, and by the grace of God will always be great and exceptional.”

Posted: 08/14/2018

“Yesterday, Oneida County was honored to have President Trump visit the cities of Rome and Utica.  A copious amount of planning went into coordinating this event and making sure everything went off without a hitch.  I would like to thank all of the local agencies for their outstanding efforts including Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and...

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Posted: 08/06/2018

Oneida County Has Assisted a Dozen Municipalities’ Efforts to Recover From Last Summer’s Flooding

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the county has paid more than $600,000 to a dozen municipalities to assist in their clean-up efforts from the flooding event of July 2017.


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Posted: 07/13/2018

1,100 Youth Participate in Event, 80 in Finals at MWPAI

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has announced the winners from today’s finals of the Youth Bureau’s 10th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.

This year, 1,100 youth ages 5-18 years-old...

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Posted: 07/10/2018

County Will Pay Additional $200 per Mile Due to Harsh Winters

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today an increase of $200 per mile in additional payment to municipalities that have snow plow contracts with the county due to the harsh conditions of the past two winters.

“We have...

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Posted: 07/02/2018

More than $500,000 Awarded by Central New York Care Collaborative

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today, that through collaborative efforts facilitated by the county, $538,893 has been awarded by the Central New York Care Collaborative to improve the healthcare of the local refugee...

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Posted: 06/29/2018

Elderly, Children & Pets at Highest Risk

With 90-degree weather forecast for the weekend and into next week, and the heat index possibly reaching over 100 degrees, Oneida County is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to remain safe under extreme heat conditions.

“When temperatures climb...

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Posted: 06/29/2018

Emergency Services, Information Technology Assessed at Latest Meeting

The Oneida County Shared Services Panel met for the third time this year on Tuesday evening, and discussed several options for the consolidation of public safety and information technology services.

The meeting was once again overseen...

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Posted: 06/19/2018

Issue Recognized Worldwide in June, County Fights Year Round

As Elder Abuse Awareness Month is recognized worldwide, Oneida County is doing its part to raise awareness of the issue throughout the community and combat the problem year round.

Since 2006, the World Health Organization has recognized June as...

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Posted: 06/18/2018

Eleven Honored for Community Contributions

Eight youth and three adults were honored for their positive impact on the community at the inaugural Oneida County Youth Awards Dinner.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Oneida County Youth Bureau and the winners were anonymously selected by a...

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Posted: 06/13/2018

Bara Assumes Position Effective Immediately

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that Raymond F. Bara Esq. has been appointed as Public Defender-Civil effective immediately.

“Ray has extensive experience in various arenas of law and has served both the government and people of...

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Posted: 06/12/2018

I’m very disappointed in Senator Bonacic’s statement today while attempting to rush a gaming bill through both chambers of the legislature. Comparing Native Americans to illegal betters is wrong on every level. At best it is factually incorrect and at worst it is coded racism in an attempt to discredit the partnerships communities like mine...

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Posted: 06/07/2018

Fahy-Box Moves from Interim to Permanent Head of Social Services

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has appointed Colleen Fahy-Box as Commissioner of the Department of Social Services effective immediately.

Fahy-Box had been serving as interim commissioner since November 2017.


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Posted: 06/04/2018

Offices Moved From 10th Floor of County Office Building to Ninth Floor for Asbestos Abatement

As of June 4, the offices of the County Executive, County Attorney and the Board Of Legislators have been relocated from the 10th floor of the Oneida County Office Building in Utica to the ninth floor as part of an...

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Posted: 05/25/2018

Flags Distributed to More than 75 Oneida County Locations In Honor of Memorial Day

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that 34,140 American flags purchased by the county have been placed at veterans’ gravesites at more than 75 different locations in honor of Memorial Day.


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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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