Picente Declares State of Emergency

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today declared a State of Emergency in Oneida County as County government and all of its local municipalities are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Irene.

There have been reports of flash flooding throughout the County, which has led to blocked storm drains and surface street closings. Basements in residential neighborhoods are flooded as well as some downed tree limbs from high winds.

It will take days for the flood waters to recede and for public works crews to clear debris and fully assess the damage.

Community Walking Project Enters Final Phase

In the ten weeks since they began, the ninety-seven participants taking part in the “A Better Me: Fit, Healthy and Happy” fitness program sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department have cumulatively walked the equivalent of 39-hundred miles while learning about the benefits of proper nutrition and the prevention of diabetes and obesity, according to Dr. Gayle Jones, Oneida County Director of Health.

Partnership’s Efforts Address Health Needs of HeadStart Children

Oneida County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP), in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA), will partner with other community agencies to provide medical and dental screenings and services for children enrolled in the HeadStart Program , Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

News Advisory

What: The New York State County Executives Association will be meeting Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in Oneida County to discuss 2012 County Budgets, the State’s property tax cap law, and the need for meaningful mandate relief at the county level.

Workforce Board Receives $169,204 State Grant To Continue Tri-County Wage Subsidy Prg

Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Alice J. Savino today announced that the WIB.  Has received $169,204 in supplemental funding from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to continue the operation of its highly successful Wage Subsidy Program aimed at helping public assistance recipients in the tri-county area with barriers to employment find and retain employment.

Saranac Soft Drinks USA Luge Slider Search Coming To Utica August 20th

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that for a 3rd consecutive year, USA Luge will conduct Slider Search Clinics in Utica August 20th. This year’s Slider Search is being sponsored by Saranac Soft Drinks. This one day only Slider Search will give young Oneida County (11-14) athletes the opportunity to experience the thrill of the fastest sport on ice while being trained under the guidance of 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin of Remsen.

Picente: Microenterprise Grant to assist CNY Pipeworx, LLC to begin operations in Stittville

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. announced today that Central New York (CNY) Pipeworx, LLC, has received an Oneida County Microenterprise Grant in the amount of $15,000 to assist with its expansion into geothermal technology sales & service. The Oneida County Microenterprise Grant program, administered by Mohawk Valley EDGE, utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) funding through the NYS Office of Community Renewal.

Picente Urges Caution to Seniors During Heat Wave

During the course of the next few days, Oneida County as well as the rest of the Region will be facing extreme temperatures and very high heat indexes.

“Unfortunately, dangerous increases in body temperatures are more likely to occur in the elderly,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. He went on to say, “I urge seniors, and all residents, to follow the precautions listed below and do your best to stay cool.”