Year End Oct.
1st — The Rome Main Streets Alliance is putting about $350,000 into a pair of buildings on the 400 block of North James Street as a starting point for its rehabilitation efforts in the neighborhood.
2nd — Cool breezes and rain-spitting clouds didn’t deter area residents and visitors from celebrating autumn’s arrival at Saturday’s 18th annual Fall Arts Festival in Boonville.
3rd — County Executive candidate Rodger Potocki debuted his "Prosperity Plan" this morning in Utica. "The most urgent concern facing Oneida County is the scarcity of new well-paying jobs," he said. "We must create an environment that encourages their creation."
4th — Property tax rates will rise by 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation in Rome’s inside district and go up by 27 cents in the city’s outer district, according to Mayor James F. Brown’s proposed budget for 2012. Water and garbage rates will be unchanged, but sewer rates will be up next year.
5th — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today proposed a 2012 budget that calls for 13 layoffs and a 2 percent property tax levy increase, plus some cuts in programs and services. In Rome, Jervis will get $201,459.50, same as the Utica Public Library. People who go to the Rome DMV office at 301 W. Dominick St. will find it closed on July 1.
6th — A price tag of up to $25.4 million for Strough Middle School renovations would cost average homeowners less than 2 cents a day if a referendum for the project is approved, says Rome school Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons. Strough’s enrollment includes about 800 students in grades 7 and 8.
7th — Peak autumn color in the lower Adirondacks is coinciding with the long Columbus Day weekend — and the prediction of sunny days with temperatures in the 70s.
8th — Trying to manage a tough financial predicament, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. proposes to start funding the county’s sponsor share for Mohawk Valley Community College separate from property taxes. He’s relying on an accounting maneuver to avoid exceeding the state’s 2 percent tax cap on property tax increases.
9th — With clear skies and a beaming sun, throngs took advantage of "Indian Summer" by viewing the spectacular fall foliage and visiting apple orchards, pumpkin patches and other local attractions during what might have been the last hurrah until spring.
10th — County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has put the brakes on his plan to close the Rome DMV office next year. Flanked by city and county officials as they stood outside City Hall this morning, Picente announced the DMV office at 301 W. Dominick St. is no longer slated to close July 1 as a cost savings measure.
11th — As a potential statewide legal storm brews over whether teacher evaluations should be public, the heads of the Rome school board and teachers union oppose their disclosure despite a court ruling that could set a precedent.
12th — Natural gas customers of National Grid should see a drop of up to 8 percent in the cost to heat their homes this winter, the utility said today. Another recent trend in energy savings, the pump price of gasoline, is expected to bottom out around Thanksgiving and continue through the new year.
13th — Should the county continue to plow state roads under an agreement that pays the county based on time and materials? Majority Leader David J. Wood, R-28, Rome, told the Republican legislative caucus Wednesday that he’ll vote against the 2012-13 agreement when it comes before the Board of Legislators. He was the only lawmaker to oppose the agreement.
14th — About 70 people including several local officials met today in Syracuse to focus on statewide preparations for another possible round of federal cuts at defense-related installations, including Rome lab. Among points made at the start of the meeting were estimates of $2.6 billion in military-related activities in the greater Central New York region and beyond including such sites as Fort Drum near Watertown.
15th — In order to spice up the elementary school presentations for Fire Prevention Week, several Rome firefighters produced and starred in their own short video. The clip is an introduction to a live-action demonstration at the schools, and has been personalized to each individual school.
16th — William J. DeAngelis, 62, of Mount Laurel, N.J., riding Moose River white-water was killed when his kayak went over a ledge and into a "hydraulic hole" near the Iron Bridge area between McKeever and Port Leyden on Sunday afternoon.
17th — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Oneida Indian Nation to review a 2010 federal appeals court ruling that threw out the Oneidas’ land claims. The Oneidas say the state illegally purchased land in Central New York in a series of transactions in the 18th and 19th centuries.
18th — Aircraft traffic at Griffiss airport is ahead of last year and may be approaching new heights. Meanwhile, aviation fuel sales are flowing slightly ahead of last year for January through September. In the first nine months of 2011 there were 45,354 landings and takeoffs. This figure is 2,482 below for all of last year with three months still left this year. The 2010 tally was 47,836.
19th — The county’s public market at Union Station in Utica has received a $68,641 federal grant to fuel future growth with the expectation that it will become a year-round operation.
20th — SIRTE, Libya (AP) - Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people in an uprising that turned into a bloody civil war, was killed today when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.
21st — A half-century old entertainment venue in Verona announced it is up for sale. Owner Gene Cole confirmed that the Utica-Rome Speedway on Route 5 is on the market. The attraction wrapped up its 50th season last month. The asking price for the half-mile clay track and the surrounding 114 acres is in the range of $2 million.
22nd — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand expressed confidence Friday in the prospects for defense-related government facilities at Griffiss park, following her first tour of the Eastern Air Defense Sector. "I don’t think we’re vulnerable at all," Gillibrand, D-NY, said when asked how vulnerable the military sites in Rome may be in light of discussions in Washington, D.C. involving potential major federal cuts nationally.
23rd — A four-seat aircraft with one person aboard made a safe belly landing about 1:30 p.m. today at Griffiss airport. Pilot Bradley M. Czerkies of Clinton was not hurt. The 1967 Mooney M20C was returning to the airfield when there was a landing gear malfunction, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
24th — Travis Shampine, 19, of Felts Mills, Jefferson County was charged with fatally shooting one of his hunting companions, Arnold Camidge, 55, Sunday, in the Town of Denmark, after firing at what he believed to be a deer. Deer season opened Saturday.
25th — It is not part of the 2012 budget, but cash-strapped Oneida County could be looking at keeping more sales tax revenue in the future as a way to manage difficult budget years.
26th — Turkey dinners provided to the needy of the community by Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross through its Thanksgiving Basket program were on the chopping block this year due to loss of a key corporate donor, Fidelis Care of New York. But Chapter Executive Victor J. Fariello Jr. said Mayor James F. Brown’s office is helping to find funding and resources needed to keep the program going.
27th — The Common Council has authorized Rome to seek as much state money as it can get from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council. At its meeting Wednesday where the applications were authorized, the council also gave the go ahead for a $660,000 state grant program to put a parking lot and more boat docking along the canal.
28th — Residents in elevated areas of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties awoke to the first dusting of snow this morning. Black ice was reported by drivers in some locations. At Griffiss airfield, temperatures dipped to a low of 24 degrees at 6:53 a.m.
29th — County Board of Elections is taking steps to do a faster job at collecting and tabulating ballots on the night of Nov. 8. To avoid a "three-peat" of problems, the two elections commissioners are making some changes in how the approximate 114 voting locations are staffed, raising the pay of poll watchers and adding monitors who will visit poll sites during the day to see how things are going.
30th — Ariadna "Ada" Tarnowski, 84, was killed when her home on Ablett Avenue, about a block north of Main Street in Whitesboro, exploded Saturday night. The explosion launched her body into a neighbor’s driveway, where it was discovered buried in debris more than an hour after the blast. The shock wave from the explosion was felt four to five miles away, authorities said.
31st — The Rome Rescue Mission has come to the rescue of the Thanksgiving Basket program formerly administered by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Due to a lack of corporate donations, Chapter Executive Victor J. Fariello Jr. said the program was in jeopardy of closing down for what would have been its 30th year.