2017 News Archives

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... Read more

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.

“This... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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.

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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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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.

The... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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.... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more