City has ‘twofold’ plan to replace parking garage

Rome The city has a ‘twofold’ plan to handle parking after the demolition of the Liberty-George Street garage, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said Friday. After the garage’s demolition, surface-level parking on the site will be arranged. When the city finds a developer to repurpose the site, the mayor said, the plan is for the new structure to include “50 to 70” public parking spaces.... 4:10pm 10/20/18

Mohawk Valley Water Authority considering rate hike

County The Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA) board is considering a 2 percent rate increase that would take effect Jan. 1 for the 18 municipalities it serves in Oneida and Herkimer counties. A public hearing will be Monday at 5 p.m. in the MVWA board room at Utica City Hall on the third floor, 1 Kennedy Plaza in Utica. If approved, the rate change would equate to a water cost... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Old-fashioned fireplace saves home from burning

Public Safety TOWN OF VERONA — The old rock construction of a fireplace on Happy Valley Road helped keep a fire from spreading Thursday evening. New London Fire Chief Gene Carey said the fire started in the fireplace at the one-family residence at about 6 p.m. The family spotted the smoke and flames and evacuated the home, and called 9-1-1. Volunteers from six departments responded. Carey... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Truck driver gets three years probation for fraud

Public Safety A Lee Center truck driver who lied under oath and defrauded Worker’s Compensation out of nearly $8,000 was sentenced to probation. Roger M. Decker Jr., 48, was sentenced to three years probation, and was ordered to pay $7,875 in restitution, in Utica City Court Thursday on a charge of third-degree perjury, according to the state Inspector General’s Office. Authorities said... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Rome native helps save family on Taconic State Parkway

Public Safety TOWN OF YORKTOWN — There’s the right time. There’s the right place. And then there’s Rome native and New York City Police Officer Gary A. Tagliaferri helping to save a family of five on the Taconic State Parkway because he just happened to be passing by. Three children had been thrown from the one-vehicle rollover. Their parents were trapped in the overturned van, the mother... 11:30am 10/20/18

Psychiatric Center worker accused of wage theft

Public Safety TOWN OF MARCY — An employee at the Central New York Psychiatric Center is accused of skipping hours on his graveyard shift, according to a report by the state Inspector General’s Office. Authorities said Damion Walton, 41, of Oswego Street, Utica, used to work the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at the Psych Center, but he would either come in late or leave early on multiple occasions... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Debate Oct. 30 between Assembly 119 candidates

County A free-admission, open-to-the-public debate for the two candidates vying for the New York Assembly 119th District seat, Dennis Bova Jr., a Republican of Utica, and Marianne Buttenschon, a Democrat from Marcy, is planned for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Main Gallery of the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., Utica. The debate is being co-sponsored by the League of... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Unemployment rate declines in region

Oneida The local unemployment rate for the Utica-Rome area fell between last September and this September, according to the state Labor Department. For the 12 month period ending with September 2018, the non-farm job count increased by 300, or 0.2 percent, to 127,300 jobs, said the department. The private sector job count fared better, adding 700 jobs, or 0.7 percent, to reach 97,700... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Hours extended at Board of Elections

Oneida UTICA — The Oneida County Board of Elections is offering extended office hours for anyone wishing to obtain an absentee ballot for the General Election of 2018. The extended hours will be held on: Voters with questions can call the Oneida County Board of Elections at 315-798-5765. 4:00pm 10/20/18

Sports agate — Oct. 20, 2018

Sports Agate CROSS COUNTRY Tri-Valley League Championship Meet At Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Boys Team Standings: 1. RFA, 28; 2. New Hartford, 60; 3. VVS, 88; 4. Camden, 91; 5. CVA, 134; 6. Whitesboro, 144; 7. Notre Dame, 230; 8. Proctor, 243; 9. Oneida, 259. Individuals results: 1. Farmer, NH, 17:01.6; 2. McClendon, RFA; 3. Sletten, RFA; 4. Ferretti, RFA; 5. Seidl, Camden; 6. Wright, VVS; 9.... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Camden boys stun top-seeded Watertown IHC

Sports The Camden boys soccer team shocked top-seeded Watertown Immaculate Heart Central on Friday to move on to the semifinals of the Section III Class B tournament. The Blue Devils won, 1-0, in double overtime. Camden’s score came off a throw in by Luke Campbell. The ball bounced to Parker Scholl who played it to Zach Amo for the finish. Camden’s Josh Leos made 11 saves to secure... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Special service in Oriskany

Religion Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1117 Utica St., Oriskany will have a hymn sing for the worship service on Sunday, Oct. 21.   "We will join voices together to sing praises unto the Lord with favorite hymns."  All faiths are welcome to attend the worship service which begins at 9:55 a.m.  The church is handicapped accessible through the driveway entrance. 4:00pm 10/20/18

Cinema Capitol to host ‘out of this world’ double feature

Entertainment Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., is hosting a special “out of this world” double feature event on Thursday, Oct. 25. The night starts with the Lunar Launch Party inside the Cinema Capitol art gallery featuring The Rome Art Association’s “Lunar Exhibit” exhibit. This pre-movie reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Villa Verona Vineyard will conduct a wine tasting, specialty... 4:00pm 10/20/18

State to send $400,000 for UCP

Community Upstate Cerebral Palsy and Upstate Caring Partners are getting $400,000 in state funding from the State and Municipal Facilities Program for renovations and repairs throughout Oneida County, state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, announced Friday. With the funding, Upstate Cerebral Palsy will be able to perform work at facilities in Rome, Utica and Chadwicks including upgrading... 4:00pm 10/20/18

Jesus is the great unifier for all of us

Religion Are you feeling weary of division at the moment? I am. It is hard to be on Facebook, watch the news, or laugh with my favorite late-night television hosts. I am tired of the us-or-them mentality, the childish name calling and disparaging of the other, and the selective and opportunistic outrage of politicians from both major political parties and the people who follow these... 4:00pm 10/20/18