Educators express concerns over unfunded mandates, new requirements

Education Concern about unfunded mandates, involving state requirements whose costs are passed on to school districts, is among local reactions to proposed changes in education laws, says Board of Education President Paul Fitzpatrick. But there also is “a lot we agreed with” in the state’s proposed concepts for complying with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, said Fitzpatrick,... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Birnie receives Contractor of the Year award

Business Tim Birnie, chief executive officer of Rome-headquartered Birnie Bus Service, Inc., was saluted as the Contractor of the Year at the New York School Bus Contractors Association’s annual convention. “To be considered in the same category as previous recipients of the Contractor of the Year Award is a tremendous honor,” said Birnie of his receiving the association’s highest... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Man accused of stealing suitcase after chase

Public Safety TOWN OF LEE — A Boonville man is accused of stealing another man’s suitcase after chasing him near the Stewart’s Shop on Turin Road. State police said the victim was walking along Route 26 near Stokes Corners at about 1:15 p.m. Sept. 15 when 33-year-old Michael J. Gerace, of Boonville, came to an abrupt stop in his vehicle nearby. Troopers said Gerace got out of his vehicle... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Threat with wooden post leads to charge

Public Safety TOWN OF TRENTON — A 34-year-old man is facing a weapon possession charge for threatening another person with a wooden 4 x 4, according to law enforcement officials. State police said James R. Smith, of 8409 Posey Hill Road, threatened a person with a 3-foot-long wooden 4 x 4 during an argument in the road in front of his residence on Monday. Smith is charged with one count... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Oneida budget work focuses on development, safety and revenue

County ONEIDA — Oneida Mayor Leo N. Matzke has made three issues a priority for the city’s 2017 budget. His emphasis on economic development, safety issues and regaining income lost by the city will help him realize his vision for the city. “Mayors come and go,” Matzke, who is 10 months into his fourth term as mayor, said. “What I want to do is help prepare Oneida for the future.” 4:00pm 10/28/16

Residential requests on ZBA agenda Wednesday

Rome The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, with an agenda that includes three new residential requests. The five-member volunteer board meets in the Common Council chambers. Ron Kapfer, 6351 Lamphear Road, has constructed a 12-by-16-foot detached accessory structure — a storage shed — in the front yard of the property. Accessory structures... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Fort Stanwix DAR Chapter launches new program year

Rome The Fort Stanwix Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, the leadership of Regent Jennifer Evans, kicked off its 2016-17 program year with a Constitution Day event in September. The chapter’s traditional “Bells Across America “ commemoration was held Sept. 17 in partnership with the Rome Historical Society and Boy Scout Troop #11. Prior to the public... 4:00pm 10/28/16

Oriskany looks to advance to NFF championship game at the Dome

Sports The Oriskany football team will be looking to punch its ticket to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome on Nov. 6 as the Redskins take on Hannibal in a National Football Foundation semifinal playoff game on Saturday afternoon at Liverpool High School. Oriskany enters the 3 p.m. contest as the No. 2 seed while Hannibal enters as the No. 3 seed. The early game of the day at... 4:10pm 10/28/16

Canucks recall Zalewski from Comets

Sports VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks on Thursday recalled forward and New Hartford native Mike Zalewski from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. Zalewski has appeared in five games with Utica this season, recording an assist and eight penalty minutes. During the 2015-16 season, Zalewski appeared in 58 games for the Comets and ranked tied for fifth in points and tied... 4:10pm 10/28/16

Palliative care conference planned

Health NEW HARTFORD — A day-long conference about palliative and end-of-life issues will be held Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. “Provisions for the Quality of Life in Palliative Care” begins with registration followed by keynote speaker and author, Ann Neumann. She opens the day with an address titled “Lessons Learned (and not learned) from Four Decades of... 4:00pm 10/28/16