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Graffiti mars stand in Oneida

County ONEIDA — Graffiti on the Oneida Little League concession stand has left several Oneida residents shocked and angry as the stand, located at Maxwell Field on East Sands Street, has been covered with swastikas and the initials KKK. The swastika was the emblem for the Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) party in World War II-era Germany while the KKK represents the organization Ku Klux... 4:10pm 07/31/15

Couple among those who oppose Rail Trail construction

County ONEIDA — Mike and Kelly Strauss of Birchwood Drive have joined several of their neighbors to sign a petition opposing the construction of a section of the southern part of Oneida Rail Trail. The petition asks that the half-mile section of the trail not be built because of privacy and a variety of quality of life issues. The petition also asks that adjacent property owned by... 4:00pm 07/31/15

State offers cash for rail, port improvements

County State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll has announced the availability of $17 million for critical improvements at rail and port facilities throughout the state. Applications for grant money from the Passenger & Freight Rail Assistance Program are being accepted for projects that support railroad and port capital improvements. Driscoll said, “This $17... 4:00pm 07/31/15

Picente says county shouldn’t have to pay for damage from runaway train car

County The train crash at Union Station in Utica is expected to cost more than $1 million, and County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. wants those responsible to foot the bill. Not the 13-year-old who accidentally released the train car’s brakes, Picente said, but the official agencies that are responsible for rail track safety.  “There was significant danger to our citizens and... 4:00pm 07/31/15

Hinckley alerts added to system

County REMSEN — Water level changes at Hinckley Reservoir will be added to the state Canal Corp.’s notification system. The state agency has told state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, that its existing “Notice to Mariners” notification system will soon include Hinckley. These notices, sent via email or test message, provide updated information about canal openings and closures,... 4:00pm 07/31/15