Vernon Downs features harness racing and more

VERNON — The Vernon Downs casino and hotel continues carve out a niche for the entertainment venue that’s best known for harness racing and gaming machines. The man behind the rebirth of Vernon Downs 10 years ago is Jeff Gural, who is chairman and CEO of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, which brought Vernon Downs out of bankruptcy in 2006. The facility has undergone a... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Victory dealership drives to success

Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram looks to continue growing at its 5827 Rome-Taberg Road site in 2017 with increased inventory and service capabilities. This year also will mark the opening of a newly built dealership in Hamilton that is under the same ownership. University Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, on Route 12 in Hamilton, is expected to open by late February pending final state... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Brown & Brown Insurance meets varied insurance needs

Brown & Brown Insurance has been providing customers with coverage for more than three-quarters of a century. The independent insurance intermediary through its licensed subsidiaries provides a variety of insurance products and services to corporate, public entity, institutional, trade, professional, association and individual clients. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., 1:00pm 02/17/17

Event raises $10,758 for Breast Care Center

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife, Susan, recently gifted $10,758 to the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Cente. “We are extremely grateful to Mayor Palmieri, Susan, the City of Utica staff and everyone who donated to and attended the Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,” said Nancy Butcher,executive director of the Cancer Center. “Our patients and their families... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Utica College profile

Also, the school operates the Robert Brvenik Center for Business Education in the Clark City Center, Genesee Street, downtown Utica. There are two additional sites for the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing: one in Liverpool and one in St. Petersburg, Fla. Top executive: Laura Casamento, president Services offered: Higher education, offering bachelor’s, masters and... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Rome Federal Credit Union expands services

Need a bank loan to buy a new car or spruce up the homestead? Turn to the Rome Federal Credit Union on Seneca Street, the city’s oldest credit union. Opened in 1936 for employees of Revere Copper and Brass, Rome Federal Credit Union now services anyone who lives,works, attends school or worships in the city, providing financial help like savings and retirement accounts or... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Herkimer College profile

Top executive: Cathleen C. McColgin, president Services offered: Students can choose from more than 40 associate degree and certificate programs in the areas of art, business, communication arts, criminal justice and law, education, health care and service, liberal arts and sciences, and STEM. The Internet Academy offers 19 degree programs and three certificates, as well as... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Rome Area Chamber of Commerce profile

Leadership: Michele Salisbury, chairman; Franca Armstrong, first vice chairman; Lauren Birnie, second vice chairman; William K. Guglielmo, president. Mission: As a business promotion organization that is funded by dues-paying businesses, organizations, professional firms and individuals, the chamber provides members the opportunity to promote their products and services... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Ombudsmen advocate on behalf of nursing home residents

The Resource Center for Independent Living works to ensure individual rights and freedoms for those residing in local long-term care facilities in the area through the state Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Navigating the long-term care setting can be complex for residents and their loved ones, the RCIL says, adding that many are unsure of this transition and are not well... 1:00pm 02/17/17

J.B.’s helps fight winter’s snow

Mohawk Valley residents have a friend in the fight against inclement weather caused by winters in Central New York. J.B.’s Small Engine Works, Inc., 2236 Route 5, Schuyler, has marked 33 yearsof snow removal and winter weather help. If local residents need help with snow, they come to see company President John K. Bord Jr. and his experienced staff. Their expertise and... 1:00pm 02/17/17

Rome Memorial Hospital profile

1500 N. James St. Top executive: David W. Lundquist, president/chief executive officer Services offered: General medical/surgical, pediatric, intensive care, obstetric, long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and senior behavioral health care, primary and specialty care, plus a full array of outpatient services. Service area: Rome and the surrounding communities in Oneida... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Haircuts offered at factory barber shop

For the former Rome Strip Steel company, part of its transition to Worthington Industries has included adding an on-site barber shop. At the shop, “employees can get a haircut on company time for $8,” said Worthington Director of Corporate Communications Sonya Higginbotham. The company’s barber shops date back to the 1960s when Worthington’s founder, John H. McConnell, “got... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Health Foundation picks new president

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has picked Nora OBrien-Suric as its new president. The senior program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation will succeed Ann F. Monroe, who retired at the end of 2016 after 13 years as president. OBrien-Suric will officially join the Health Foundation this month. “The Health Foundation is known for its commitment to... 1:00pm 02/10/17

MVHS offers advanced neuroendovascular care

The Mohawk Valley Health System announces a new Neuro-Interventional Services Office to provide advanced neuroendovascular care, a subspecialty within the field of vascular care that treats complex conditions of the brain such as stroke, aneurysm and arteriovenous malformations.  Since 2009, the St. Luke’s campus of MVHS has been the area’s primary designated stroke center and... 1:00pm 02/10/17

MVCC profile

Mohawk Valley Community College Two campuses: 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica,and 1101 Floyd Ave., Rome Top executive: Randall J. VanWagoner, president Degrees offered: 90 plus degree and certificate higher education programs  Area served: Mohawk Valley Number of full- and part-time students (fall 2016): 6,625 Employees: 417 Year started: 1946 Ownership type:  Public Main telephone... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Health-care system names CEO

A hospital executive from Tennesee has been named head of St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse. Leslie Paul Luke will oversee the Central New York health-care system that encompasses a 16-county service area. It has affiliations with Rome Memorial Hospital and Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville.  Luke will succeed Kathy Ruscitto, current CEO of St. Joseph’s Health, on Feb.... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Mohawk Valley Health System profile

1656 Champlin Ave.New Hartford Top executive: Scott H. Perra, president/CEO St. Luke’s campus – 370 acute care beds • Bariatric surgery program  • Emergency Department • Maternal child services  • Mohawk Valley Vascular Center  • Stroke Center • Surgical and ambulatory services  • Total joint orthopedic program St. Elizabeth campus – 201 acute care beds • Cardiac services... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Slocum-Dickson salutes doctor

NEW HARTFORD — Slocum-Dickson Medical Group has named Dr. Daniel Goodman as its Outstanding Physician of the Year for 2016. Each year, Slocum-Dickson acknowledges the efforts of a particular doctor on behalf of the group and its patients. Selection is based on contributions to the group, patients and community, as well as the quality of care provided. Goodman joined the... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Upstate University Hospital performed most kidney transplants ever in 2016

SYRACUSE — Upstate University Hospital’s transplant program performed 103 kidney transplants last year, surpassing the record of 80 performed in 2015. Additionally, Upstate performed three solitary pancreas transplants and three simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplants last year; the hospital restarted the pancreas transplant program in June. Dr. Rainer Gruessner, Upstate’s... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Tourism has big impact on county; visitor spending tops $1.3 billion

Visitor spending is big business in Oneida County. A study released by Empire State Development and the I Love NY; Division of Travel & Tourism reports that visitors spending in Oneida County totaled more than $1.3 billion dollars in 2015. Oneida County represents 62 percent of the Central New York Region’s travel and tourism sales. Visitor spending across the Central New York... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Mohawk Valley’s presence grows on world stage

Since 2010, the Mohawk Valley region’s exports have increased more than 8 percent, from just over $1.8 billion to nearly $2 billion. This strong growth is a result of a strengthening U.S. economy relative to the world economy, a growing regional economy, and the strategic initiatives of several regional partners whose goals are to promote trade and get local products into... 1:00pm 02/10/17

Diamonds can be a guest’s best friend

Three signature components of Turning Stone Resort Casino have again received AAA Four Diamond Awards. They are The Lodge, The Tower, and Wildflowers restaurant. The sprawling complex in Verona is the only resort in the Northeast with three AAA Four Diamond venues at one property. this distinct recognition is granted to less than 6 percent all AAA approved hotels and only 2... 1:00pm 02/10/17