2019 News Archives

Posted: 12/05/2019

UTICA — The Oneida County Opioid Task Force held a summit at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Dec. 4 at which it announced its new structure and the utilization of recently-obtained grant funding.

The reorganization meeting brought together the Task Force’s members, partners and stakeholders and featured opening remarks from Co-Chairs...

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Posted: 12/01/2019

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has announced that all county offices will be closed on Monday December 2, 2019 due to the inclement weather conditions that are anticipated overnight and throughout the day.

Posted: 12/01/2019

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has issued a travel advisory effective immediately due to inclement winter weather conditions.

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Posted: 11/27/2019

Response to Halloween Flooding Damage Continues

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that he is extending the State of Emergency that he first declared on Oct. 31 after severe rainfall led to flooding that devastated portions of the county.

“I am directing all...

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Posted: 11/14/2019

Multiple Narcan Doses Have Been Required in Overdoses

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has received an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Spike Alert Notification of four non-fatal overdoses believed to be from heroin in the past 24 hours.

In the last 15...

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Posted: 11/08/2019

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced 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-...

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Posted: 11/07/2019

Shelter Available to All in Need

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today updated the county’s...

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Posted: 11/02/2019

State of Emergency Remains in Effect; More County Resources Being Deployed

With a State of Emergency still in...

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Posted: 10/31/2019

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has declared a state of emergency in Oneida County due to heavy rain and flooding.

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 of the...

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Posted: 10/30/2019

Internship Program Recognized by Genesis Group & CNY ATD

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the Oneida County College Corps Internship Program has been recognized by two organizations for the work it does to place local students on a successful career path.

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Posted: 10/25/2019

500 Volunteers Clean Up 105 Homes During 11th Annual Event

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that 500 youth volunteers cleaned up 105 homes for senior citizens last weekend during the 11th Annual Oneida County Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up.

Each year, the...

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Posted: 10/24/2019

Students Working on Murnane Field Improvements

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced a...

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Posted: 10/17/2019

Nearly 1,000 Job Openings Available from Multiple Industries; Work Attire Donations Piling Up

With Oneida County’s...

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Posted: 10/15/2019

Awarded by MVP Health Care for Innovation & Achievement

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced...

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Posted: 10/10/2019

Oneida County Career Event Set for Adirondack Bank Center on Oct. 21

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced a first-of-its-kind, large-scale career event called OneidaWorks...

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Posted: 10/04/2019

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. presented a 2020 proposed county budget and capital plan to the Board of Legislators on Friday that carried with it no increase in the property tax levy for the seventh year in a row.

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Posted: 10/02/2019

UTICA — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. signed the Oneida County Animal Abuser Registry into law today.

The online registry...

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Posted: 09/30/2019

Oneida County Health Department Services Will Reach More Residents

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Posted: 09/27/2019

Oneida County Working to Keep Pets & Families Safe

With World Rabies Day occurring on Sept. 28, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is urging residents to “Vaccinate to Eliminate” in order to keep their pets and families safe.

“World Rabies Day is a good opportunity to remind our residents to ensure their...

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Posted: 09/26/2019

Picente Appoints Ed Stevens to Position

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that he has...

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Posted: 09/16/2019

Awareness Raised as Part of Child Passenger Safety Week

As part of national Child Passenger Safety Week, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is urging parents to make sure their children are in the...

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Posted: 09/12/2019

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has received an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Spike Alert Notification of four overdoses believed to be from heroin that resulted in one fatality in the past 24 hours. Three of the four overdose victims had suffered previous overdoses in the past seven months. Since September 1,...

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Posted: 09/09/2019

Innovation Collective Will Grow Local High Tech Entrepreneurship

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced a new economic development initiative aimed at accelerating and growing the local high tech entrepreneurship ecosystem through innovation and collaboration....

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Posted: 08/30/2019

Nine Companies Purchased Equipment, Expanded Production & Retained Jobs

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Posted: 08/28/2019

First-Year Work Training Initiative Gives 12 Young Adults Valuable Experience

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today praised the success of the county’s first-year FreshStart work training program...

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Posted: 08/26/2019

Oneida County Partners with AFRL, GI and SUNY Poly in $12 Million Research Center

ROME — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced the development of the...

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Posted: 08/16/2019

Joins U.S. DOT & State Police for ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that county law enforcement agencies are partnering with the U.S....

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Posted: 08/13/2019

Position Will Establish Agricultural Curriculum through CCE

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced a new educator position that will establish agricultural curriculum in local schools.

“Having an...

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Posted: 08/09/2019

Offices Available by Phone; Services Still Being Provided

Due to this morning’s fire at the Adirondack Bank Building...

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Posted: 08/05/2019

Expressions of Interest for 4,200 Square-Foot Space Being Accepted

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J....

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Posted: 08/02/2019

Free Vegetables Offered for August’s ‘Tasteful Tuesdays’

Oneida County is harvesting an abundance of fresh produce...

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Posted: 08/01/2019

Oneida County Emphasizes Importance of Vaccinations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and Oneida County officials are reminding residents that vaccinations are not just for children. From babies to senior citizens, vaccinations can protect people of all ages from serious...

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Posted: 07/31/2019

Document Will Assist in Developing Plans & Policies

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today unveiled the “Agriculture-Friendly Oneida County” municipal planning guide, a document that will aid local towns in developing comprehensive plans and policies, establishing...

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Posted: 07/29/2019

Stoplead.org Set Up as Resource Center

Oneida County has released a documentary highlighting the far-reaching and permanent effects of lead...

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Posted: 07/24/2019

The 11th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest was hosted by Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute on July 18.

The kids had a perfect weather day to create all types and styles of inspiring artwork. Children in the age categories of 5-7 years-old, 8-10 years-old, 11-13 years-old and 14-18 years-old had the opportunity to draw a positive image on...

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Posted: 07/18/2019

The Oneida County Health Department is reminding residents to take precautions during extreme hot weather.

Extreme heat can trigger...

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Posted: 07/16/2019

“I’m pleased with the decision of the Town of Vernon Planning Board to uphold the town codes officer’s decision denying Woodstock 50 a permit. As I’ve said earlier, inadequate planning and a dangerously truncated timeframe made having this event...

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Posted: 07/08/2019

Hundreds of Teens Participate in Work Readiness Day at MVCC

UTICA — Hundreds of teens participated in Work Readiness Day at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica Campus today to kick off the 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program.

This year, the county is placing approximately 460...

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Posted: 06/18/2019

2,000 Expected to be Assisted Through Annual Program

The Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care will begin distributing coupon...

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Posted: 06/17/2019

Internship Program Places 190 Students with 47 Employers in 2019

The Oneida County College Corps Internship Program has continued to steadily grow over...

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Posted: 06/14/2019

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.: “Vaccinations are essential to the health of every resident in Oneida County. We must do all we can to stop preventable diseases from gaining a foothold in our community, so I am happy to see that...

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Posted: 06/13/2019

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today called for the reform of the practices of animal rescue facilities located within the county.

“The situation that occurred recently at the animal...

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Posted: 06/11/2019

$4.2 Million Saved Since 2008

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Comptroller Joseph J. Timpano today announced the refunding of $12.9 million of outstanding bonds this year, for a total cash...

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Posted: 06/10/2019

What do you feel are the top health issues in Oneida County? How would you rate local health care services? The Oneida County Health Department wants to hear your opinion on these and other health-related issues.

The Oneida County Health Department, Mohawk Valley Health System and Rome Memorial Hospital are conducting a health needs...

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Posted: 06/07/2019

Thirteen Honored for Community Contributions

UTICA — Ten youth and three adults were honored today for their positive impact on the community at...

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Posted: 06/01/2019

Residents Will Not Be Charged for Using Paper

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that Oneida County will opt out charging residents the 5-cent fee that New York State is imposing on paper bags as part of the statewide ban on single-use...

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Posted: 05/30/2019

Additional 260+ Oneida County Employees Registered for June

Free Narcan training sessions offered by Oneida County...

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Posted: 05/29/2019

Kits Available from Health Department in June

UTICA —The Oneida County Health Department is offering county residents help in reducing the mosquito population around their homes and properties.

Beginning June 3, county...

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Posted: 05/24/2019

It’s Time to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap for ‘Don’t Fry Day’

Oneida County officials are urging residents to enjoy the outdoors, but be safe in the sun as the Memorial Day weekend kicks off this Friday, which is also designated “National Don’t Fry Day.”

“As we finally get to enjoy the...

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Posted: 05/23/2019

Carole and Ed Grove, Rome Wesleyan Community Church Overall Winners

The Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care presented its 2019 Older American Awards Thursday at Hart’s Hill Inn, recognizing nearly 50 individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community....

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Posted: 05/16/2019

Awareness Raised for National Women’s Health Week

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, Oneida County officials are urging women to make their...

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Posted: 05/13/2019

Oneida County is participating in national Mental Health Awareness Month in May through informational programs and free depression screenings.

...

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Posted: 05/09/2019

Employees Donate $1,710 to Kelberman Center

Oneida County spent April and a portion of May doing its part to raise awareness of Autism and its employees donated money to help the Kelberman Center of Utica...

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Posted: 05/06/2019
450 Youth Volunteers Served the Homes of 100 Senior Citizens
 
UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the 11th Annual Oneida County Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up saw 450 youth volunteers serve the homes of...
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Posted: 05/03/2019

The Oneida County Opiate Task Force and the Oneida County Department of Health are working to expand the availability of Narcan by making trainings available to county departments, community agencies and the public at large.

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is administered...

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Posted: 05/02/2019

UTICA — The Oneida County STOP-DWI Program today announced the law enforcement award winners at its 25th 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...

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Posted: 04/30/2019

2018 Fiscal Year Finishes in the Black; 2019 Credit Ratings Remain High

Oneida County remains in high financial standing as its 2018 fiscal year ended in an operating and budget surplus and stellar credit ratings have once again been issued by the three major national credit agencies for 2019...

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Posted: 04/29/2019

April 27 to May 4 is National Infant Immunization Week

Oneida County is urging parents to offer their children the power of protection by vaccinating their children during this National Infant Immunization Week...

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Posted: 04/26/2019

Outdoor Events Scheduled in Rome, Sherrill and Boonville

In celebration of National Screen-Free Week, the Oneida...

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Posted: 04/24/2019

Week-long Driver Safety Education and Enforcement Accompanied by Baseball Classic

NEW YORK MILLS — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol kicked off their respective 2019 Teen Traffic Safety Week and No Empty Chair Campaign events today at New York...

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Posted: 04/18/2019

Overdose Response Team Utilizing Wide-Ranging Arsenal in Attack

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. was joined today by partners from law enforcement,...

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Posted: 04/16/2019

Pinwheels Placed, Caseworkers Recognized & Building Goes Blue

UTICA — Oneida County is raising awareness all April long in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Today, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. was joined by other county and advocacy officials in placing “...

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Posted: 04/09/2019

Picente Joined by Maciol & McNamara in Announcing New Law

UTICA — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. was joined by Sheriff Robert Maciol and...

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Posted: 04/04/2019

City of Sherrill Serves as Program Pilot

SHERRILL — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today unveiled an...

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Posted: 04/01/2019

National Public Health Week is April 1-7

A community cannot thrive unless its residents are healthy and safe, and this week, Oneida County is highlighting the important role of the individuals who work to provide programs and services to protect the lives and...

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Posted: 03/28/2019

Oneida County Partners Take Action; Situation Stabilized

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today that the steps taken by the...

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Posted: 03/25/2019

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team has received an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Spike Alert Notification of 21 heroin overdoses that resulted in five fatalities over the past 10 days, primarily in the cites of Utica...

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Posted: 03/19/2019

Continued Collaboration with Community Partners Identifying Issues

Oneida County’s ranking in two key areas has...

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Posted: 03/18/2019

Office for the Aging & Continuing Care Initiative Focuses on Elder Financial Abuse

UTICA — The Oneida County...

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Posted: 03/14/2019

Health Department’s Main Focus for National Nutrition Month

The Oneida County Health Department is using National Nutrition Month to focus on improving...

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Posted: 03/12/2019

Aerial Testing Will Generate Harmless Smoke Plumes

ROME — A small unmanned aircraft will be operating over Griffiss International...

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Posted: 03/07/2019

Picente Announces Tomidy Will Assume Role Temporarily

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced today...

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Posted: 02/27/2019

County Summer Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J....

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Posted: 02/25/2019

Due to inclement weather, all Oneida County Offices are closed today.

The travel advisory issued by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. that went into effect Sunday morning, remains active until conditions improve. Picente urges no unnecessary travel on county roadways or lakes during this time.

Posted: 02/23/2019

High Winds and Snow to Hit Area Sunday

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has issued a travel advisory...

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Posted: 02/22/2019

UTICA — Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today announced David M. Catalfamo as Oneida County Director of Economic Development.

Catalfamo, a 20-year veteran of New York State government with extensive experience working in both the legislative and executive branches, has spent the last dozen years working as a communications...

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Posted: 02/20/2019

Over 13,000 Have Volunteered Nearly 34,000 Hours Through Children Care Initiative

UTICA — Over the past 10 years, 13,059 youth have volunteered 33,823 hours of their time to make their community a better place...

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Posted: 02/19/2019

Health Department Educating Public Throughout February

UTICA — The Oneida County Health Department has been spending February raising awareness of cancer prevention through several educational initiatives.

Many factors can contribute to a cancer diagnosis, but there are positive steps that can be taken...

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Posted: 02/12/2019

Due to inclement winter weather, all Oneida County offices will be closing at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12

Posted: 02/05/2019

Proactive Preventative Measures Prove Successful

The efforts of the emergency response team assembled by Oneida County to monitor and react to ice jams in area waterways has successfully led to the aversion of flooding.

An emergency response center was set up at the Oneida County 911 Center in Oriskany...

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Posted: 02/02/2019

Operation Center Set up at 911 Center; Equipment Deployed to Key Locations

Oneida County has set up an emergency response center to coordinate a team of local and state officials and staged heavy equipment along known flooding locations in order to prepare for potential flooding caused by anticipated ice jams...

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Posted: 01/29/2019

Dennis Davis to Lead New York State County Highway Superintendents Assoicaiton

The New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) elected Oneida County Public Works Commisioner Dennis Davis president at its annual winter conference and tradeshow in Saratoga Springs last week.

“Our association provides...

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Posted: 01/28/2019

“I completely agree with Gov. Cuomo’s action to directly deal with CSX and his call for the company to handle its obligation to the Village of Whitesboro, and I fully support pursuing legal action in order to force compliance,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “For far too long our pleas for CSX to fix its bridge have fallen...

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Posted: 01/23/2019

The Oneida County Office Building at 800 Park Ave. in Utica will be open for business on Wednesday after closing at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday due to repair work on the water main break at John and Oriskany streets.

Posted: 01/22/2019

Due to the water main break at John and Oriskany streets, the county office building in Utica will be closing at 2:30 pm today due to an anticipated water outage.

The building cannot be occupied until the water service has been restored. Additional information will be provided when available. This only applies to 800 Park Ave.
Posted: 01/19/2019

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has issued a travel advisory effective immediately.

With high snow accumulation levels and winds expected, poor visibility and road conditions are anticipated throughout the night and into tomorrow. Picente is urging no unnecessary travel in order to ensure the safety of residents.

The...

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Posted: 01/17/2019

Application Deadline June 12; Civil Service Test August 22

The Oneida County Department of Social Services is actively recruiting caseworkers to fill several vacancies.

The primary responsibility of a caseworker is to provide social work services for individuals and/or their families, including children,...

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