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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

City approves $100,000 for marketing, rebranding campaign

Rome The city is hiring not one but two marketing firms to develop and implement Rome’s new marketing strategy and campaign. The total price tag will be $100,000. The Board of Estimate and Contract voted unanimously Thursday to hire the two firms based on a Request for Proposals made this summer. That request generated seven responses. “The City spent the last four months reviewing... 4:00pm 10/25/14

Paddlers can attend canoeing seminar

Meetings / Events WHITESTOWN — A canoeing and kayaking seminar will be presented by the Utica Sail and Power Squadron Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Second Street. The seminar kit includes a workbook for note-taking and reference and “The Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook” by Shelly Johnson and “Introduction to Paddling – Canoeing Basics for Lakes and Rvers” by the... 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

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