First Niagara to close 17 branches, but local banks spared from list

Business First Niagara Group has announced it will close 17 branches early next year — none in Oneida County — as part of its plan to streamline services. “Across the financial services industry branch traffic, and the number of transactions handled per branch, are declining and self-service transactions are increasing. First Niagara is no different,” said Mark Rendulic, First Niagara... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Mayor stands by Codes cut

Rome An offer by the Common Council to find other savings in the 2015 budget in order to avoid cutting an assistant building inspector was rejected by the mayor, who said Wednesday that he’ll stick to the plan to reduce positions. Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr. and a host of department heads met with the council regarding the proposed job cut in the Code Enforcement Office and a $7,218... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Pair accused of fighting at RFA arraigned

Public Safety Two students accused of fighting at Rome Free Academy were arraigned in City Court on Tuesday. Amber R. Smith, 16, of 322 W. Thomas St., and Zenia R. Wishart, 17, of 305 Cortland Ave., were both released on their own recognizance by Judge John C. Gannon on one count each of disorderly conduct. Smith’s case was adjourned to Jan. 9, Wishart’s case to Nov. 19. Police said the two... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Craft Fair Saturday in Smith Post

Meetings / Events The American Legion Auxiliary, Henry P. Smith Unit, will host its eighth annual Christmas Craft Fair Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 325 Erie Blvd. Event vendors include woodworking, scroll work homemade candy, hand sewn items, Christmas ornaments, and a bake sale. Also featured are free photos with Santa. Proceeds from the event benefit veterans programs the group participates... 4:00pm 10/30/14

City nets $54K in auction

Rome The city’s first online auction through a contracted firm netted at total of $54,460.78 in sale prices. The online auction of no-longer-needed items ran through Tuesday. The city is using the services of Roy Teitsworth Inc. of Geneseo. The auction service has a one-year contract. Items that went for at least $1,000 were: 4:00pm 10/30/14

Movies — Oct. 30, 2014

Meetings / Events Rome Cinemas: “Nightcrawler” (R) 7. “Saw: 10th Anniversary” (R) 8:30. “Alex & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (PG) 4:45. “Annabelle” (R) 4:35. “Best of Me” (PG-13) 4:40, 7:20.  “Book of Life” (PG) 4:30, 6:45. “Fury” (R) 4:10, 7:05.  “Gone Girl” (R) 4:50, 8. “John Wick” (R) 5:10, 7:40. “The Judge” (R) 7. “Ouija” (PG-13) 5:20, 7:30.  Marquee Cinemas, New Hartford:... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Knights can finish up on three-game winning streak

Sports The Rome Free Academy football team will be trying to finish its season on a three-winning game winning streak tonight, while Oneida and Adirondack look towards extending their seasons in playoff games on Saturday. The Black Knights will return to Tom Hoke Field at the Stadium tonight for an interclass battle against visiting Fulton of Class A at 6 o’clock in what will be both... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Above Standards sings in Unity Hall Saturday

Entertainment BARNEVELD — Above Standards returns to the historic upstairs theater at Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkamp Ave., at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for Above Standards at Unity Hall are $10 in advance. Tickets at the door will be $12 or $10 for Unity Hall Foundation members. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Unity Hall website at www.unityhall.com. “Standards” is the... 4:00pm 10/30/14

Election Day dinners, bake sale slated

Entertainment Several dinners and a bake sale are scheduled for Tuesday, Election Day. They include: Floyd — The Floyd United Methodist Church, 8398 New Floyd Road (Route 365) holds its annual Ham Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes ham, scalloped potatoes, beans, squash, applesauce, coleslaw, rolls and homemade pies or apple crisp with ice cream. Prices are $9 for adults, $4.50 for... 4:00pm 10/30/14