FAA urged to name S.U. as drone ‘center of excellence’

County U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer wants the Federal Aviation Administration to designate a university-based “center of excellence” in unmanned aircraft systems that includes Syracuse University. Upstate, including Griffiss International Airport, is already part of an FAA-approved national test site for remotely-piloted aircraft, more commonly referred to as drones. More than 40... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Questions fly at hearing

County Oneida County continues to seek a solution to a $700,000-plus problem at Griffiss International Airport. That’s how much is owed by tenant Midair USA for overdue hangar rentals and other charges. This issue, and others like passenger service, landed in the midst of members of the county Board of Legislators Ways & Means Committee Thursday when they reviewed next year’s... 4:00pm 10/25/14

2015 Ride for Missing Children sign-ups start soon

Meetings / Events The Ride For Missing Children-CNY is diligently working on plans for the 2015 Ride. While the 2014 Ride was cut short due to inclement weather, organizers intend on accomplishing the full route in 2015. Riders and Volunteers can register at www.therideformissingchildren.com in mid-November. “There are a few changes to this year’s registration process,” John Nabors,... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Pair face charges for teen’s tattoo

Public Safety WEST LEYDEN — Two men are facing charges for giving a teenager a tattoo without his parents’ permission. Sheriff’s deputies said the 16-year-old was tattooed earlier this month at the home of Jason A. Shilling, 29, of 4752 Mud Lake Road, West Leyden, with the help of Jack L. Underwood, 25, of Virginia. The boy’s parents found out and reported the underage tat to law enforcers.... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Hanna pushes for travel ban from West Africa

County Rep. Richard L. Hanna has renewed has call for a travel ban from West African countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus.  On Thursday, a fourth Ebola case was diagnosed in the United States, a doctor in New York City who had treated patients in Guinea. On Friday, Hanna repeated his support for travel restrictions. “We should immediately implement a temporary travel ban from... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Rate hike proposed for Mohawk Valley Water Authority

County A glass of water could cost Mohawk Valley Water Authority customers a little more next year. A proposed rate increase of nearly 3 percent is in the pipeline. The authority will hold a hearing on the 2.8 percent rate hike proposal Monday at 5 p.m. at Utica City Hall. It would take effect Jan. 1. If approved, the rate change will equate to about $9.96 a year in higher water... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Parish Mission starts Nov. 1 in St. Paul’s

Religion “Spirituality for Relationships” is the theme for the fall Parish Mission at St. Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford St. starting Nov. 1. Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFMCap, will be at all weekend Masses at St. Paul’s and St. Joseph’s with abbreviated talks following the 9 a.m. Mass. He will lead the retreat from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 3-6. Nightly topics are: Monday —... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Church honors pastor at dinner

Religion DURHAMVILLE — A group of folks from the Durhamville Baptist Church  traveled to the Black Stallion Restaurant in Vernon to honor their Pastor Rob Casler this past Sunday.  October is Pastor Appreciation Month. During the morning service Sunday School Superintendent Sandra Reed shared “warm thoughts and comments.” Wendy Berg read scripture and the church congregation all... 4:00pm 10/25/14