Cardone named new Oneida County Democratic elections commissioner

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CarolAnn Cardone, a deputy who had been serving in an acting capacity, has been named Democratic commissioner for the Oneida County Board of Elections.

The Oneida County Board of Legislators approved an appointment resolution Wednesday following the recommendation Monday by the county Democratic Committee.

She replaces Michael Galimo, who resigned effective Dec. 31 to take another job.

The term expires Dec. 31, 2020.

Elections commissioners, one each from the Democratic and Republican parties, oversee the operation of the Board of Elections, including registering voters, handling nominating petitions and other processes, and running primary and general elections. The base salary for the two jobs is listed in the 2019 county budget as $80,065.

Her Republican counterpart is Republican counterpart, Rose Marie Grimaldi, who was re-appointed in November. Her term also extends through the end of 2020.

In other matters Wednesday, legislators approved several contract renewals. Among them:

A consultant contract with The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety for a researcher with the Utica Police Department on crime intelligence with a focus on gun- and gang-related information. It’s supported by a state grant.

A lease of Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field in Utica from June 1-July 31 with Jug Sports LLC for Utica Blue Sox college wood-bat-league home games, for $9,000.

An agreement with the city of Utica to have code enforcement personnel inspect emergency shelter facilities for homeless people. Facilities are to include hotels and motels and uncertified facilities. It’s to cost $282,000 per year, though the county pays only about 41 percent with federal and state funds covering the rest.

Legislator Keith Scheibel voted against, on principle, he said, suggesting the county would serve homeless people better by spending the money on service providers. County Social Services Commissioner Colleen Fahy-Box told Scheibel and other members of the Health and Human Services Committee that the county could face fines and loss of funds without inspection.

Mohawk Valley Community College, using an efficiency-expert contractor, will study the work loads and work flow of social-welfare case examiners using a $101,000 federal grant connected to the national food-assistance program.

Renewal of a services agreement with the city of Rome for a police officer to continue to work with the Child Advocacy Center on child abuse.

A renewed state grant of $350,000 for a team to review deaths of children in county care.

A $22,320 lease with the North Utica Senior Citizens Recreation Center for a seniors outreach center.

Amendments to the capital project budget to reflect a larger grant than expected from the Federal Aviation Administration for the repaving of the Griffiss International Airport runway. The $10 million project to repair and upgrade the runway is being done in phases, with the federal grant covering $9.3 million.

Separate state grant renewals were ratified for indigent public defense, including one for odd-hours and weekend initial court appearances, and one for training defenders of non-citizen defendants, and one for general support of indigent representation. 

Acceptance of a two-year federal grant of $857,631 for improved emergency radio communications.

An agreement with The Neighborhood Center of Utica for an initiative to reduce the number of youth designated for foster care or institutional placement because of behavior. The cost of the one-year agreement is about $901,000, with the local share about $245,000.

The Sentinel and the Observer-Dispatch of Utica were designated official newspapers for county public notices.

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