GOP’s Molinaro gets Picente endorsement

County UTICA -- Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro picked up the endorsement of fellow Republican and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Tuesday and met voters at a town hall in a downtown hotel. The Dutchess County executive made a campaign stop for the afternoon at Utica’s Delta Hotel by Marriott, formerly known as the Radisson, and was joined by Picente for a... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Board approves paving project to ease Strough parking woes

Education An approximately 70-space lot behind Strough Middle School will be paved to help address parking needs at the newly renovated 801 Laurel St. site. A $268,500 paving contract was awarded to Central NY Construction of Barneveld by the Board of Education at a special meeting this morning. Also at the meeting, the starting date for a new instructional elementary coach was adjusted... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Possible harmful algae blooms found on Oneida Lake

County Oneida County Health Department is encouraging the public to use caution, as there is a likely cyanobacteria — or harmful algae bloom on Oneida Lake. The Oneida County Health Department does not regulate any public bathing beaches on Oneida Lake, however, the agency is still advising the public to exercise caution as such blooms can be toxic and cause a variety of ailments.  4:00pm 09/19/18

Flu season coming on quickly, health department warns; officials say the time is now to get annual flu vaccine

County With flu season quickly approaching, the Oneida County Health Department is stressing the importance of being educated on prevention, and most importantly: getting a flu shot. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and to provide protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months-old and... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Utica man accused of raping two children

Public Safety A Utica man is accused of repeatedly raping two children under the age of 11 a decade ago, according to the county Child Advocacy Center. Desmond A. Jackson, age 30, repeatedly raped and sexually abused two young girls under the age of 11 for several years, ending in 2007, according to Det. Edwin A. D’Alessandro. The rapes took place at Jackson’s home in Utica. Authorities... 4:00pm 09/19/18
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Brindisi: Public would suffer from proposed health care merger

County Assemblyman and congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi called Tuesday for the U.S. Justice Department to block the proposed merger between drug store and pharmacy benefits manager CVS and insurance company Aetna, saying the resulting corporation would be too big too regulate and control too much of the health care system. Brindisi spoke at Parkway Drugs in Utica and said it... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Two charged as accomplices in DeWitt slayings

Public Safety DEWITT (AP) — Authorities say they’ve charged two men with being accomplices to a man who fatally shot two employees at a suburban Syracuse restaurant. Published reports said that Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says 47-year-old Ronald Green and 53-year-old Tracy Brown have been charged with second-degree murder. Fitzpatrick says Brown gave William Wood... 4:00pm 09/19/18

State begins weekly fall foliage reports

County Just like the flaming orange and red leaves themselves, the state’s weekly fall foliage reports are a sure sign of autumn’s arrival. While there have only been a few scattered leaves that have turned from green to gold in central New York, the leaves are turning to our north and the state is starting to let people know about it. Empire State Development officials today in... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Meetings — Thursday, Sept. 20

Meetings / Events Griffiss Local Development Corp. Board of Directors, 4 p.m. EDGE offices, 584 Phoenix Drive.  Oneida City Planning Commission, 7:30 p.m. Common Council chambers, City Hall,109 N. Main St. Floyd Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 8299 Old Floyd Road.   Trenton Joint Fire District Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Municipal Center,8520 Old Poland Road,Barneveld. 4:00pm 09/19/18

Phone calls about chronic pain relief just a scam, police warn

Public Safety Rome Police said robo-calls about a chronic pain phone scam have been heard in the city. Lt. James P. Boyer said the scam attempts to gain your personal information by claiming it can fix your chronic pain, and that they are already cleared through Medicare and Medicaid. The robo-calls also appear to have a local number, but they are really just part of an auto-dialer system,... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Baseball agate — Sept. 19, 2018

Sports Agate American League East Division W L Pct GB z-Boston 103 48 .682 — New York 92 58 .613 10.5 Tampa Bay 84 66 .560 18.5 Toronto 69 82 .457 34 Baltimore 43 108 .285 60 Central Division W L Pct GB x-Cleveland 84 66 .560 — Minnesota 70 81 .464 14.5 Detroit 61 90 .404 23.5 Chicago 59 91 .393 25 Kansas City 52 99 .344 32.5 West Division W L Pct GB Houston 95 56 .629 — Oakland 90 61 .596... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Sports calendar — Sept. 19, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...Scholastic girlsField hockey — Cortland at Clinton, 5; Camden at Whitesboro, 6; Oneida at Sauquoit Valley, 7.Thursday’s Schedule...Scholastic boysSoccer — Oneida at VVS, Proctor at RFA, 4:15; Holland Patent at Adirondack, Clinton at Sherburne-Earlville, Westmoreland-Oriskany at Mount Markham, Hamilton at Remsen, 4:30.Scholastic girlsField hockey — Little... 4:00pm 09/19/18

Oneida Community Mansion House offers free admission Saturday

Arts & Learning ONEIDA — The Oneida Community Mansion House will offer free admission to its museum to all patrons with a Smithsonian Institution voucher on Saturday, Sept. 22. Vouchers are available online for free. Guided tours of the mansion will be given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a special tour of the grounds focused on the complex’s architecture will be given at noon. Self-guided tours... 4:00pm 09/19/18

‘A People’s History of Utica’ Sept. 26

Arts & Learning UTICA —Brendan Dunn, an adjunct history professor at MVCC, will give a lecture entitled “A People’s History of Utica” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Other Side, 2011 Genesee St. The lecture will feature Utica’s history as a hotbed of radical labor politics and revolutionary activity. Dunn says he hopes to share these “visions of a different Utica and a better... 4:00pm 09/19/18

‘Books and Bordeaux’ event Friday

Arts & Learning NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Public Library will host “Books and Bordeaux” on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a silent auction of over 300 books with hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Admission is $15, and reservations are recommended. For more information on this or other New Hartford Public Library events, visit or call... 4:00pm 09/19/18