FAA To Postpone Air Traffic Control Towers

Picente urges FAA to take closer look at Griffiss Tower

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration according to the FAA.

Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office For Aging Announces Open Sign Up For 5th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up

Oneida County Youth Bureau and Office for Aging, today, announced that volunteers and participants can sign up for the 5th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up that will take place the weekend of Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st. The clean-up, which takes place during National Volunteer Week, is collaboration between the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, Oneida County colleges, school districts and youth organizations.

Road Closure Notification Pleasant Street, TOWN OF NEW HARTFORD

On April 1, 2013, Oneida County Department of Public Works will close Pleasant Street to through traffic due to the replacement of a box culvert over a Branch of Starch Factory Creek. The structure is at the end of its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. The replacement will allow for more efficient water run off making for safer roadway conditions.

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.