Oneida County lawmakers OK deal between county, state boards of elections

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UTICA — During a meeting of the Oneida County Legislature on Wednesday, the board approved an agreement between the Oneida County Board of Elections and the New York State Board of Elections that extends the term of a prior agreement tied to a previously secured Elections Cybersecurity Remediation Grant between the two parties.

“The original grant provided our County with reimbursement of up to $116,241.47 for expenses related to cybersecurity remediation and mitigation services from December 21, 2019 until December 31, 2021,” supporting documents attached for the resolution note.

“This amendment hereby extends the period of reimbursement for expenses incurred from December 21, 2019 until December 31, 2023,”  documents added.

The grant allows for reimbursement of county money spent on products and services related to upgrade and maintenance of election infrastructure.

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The county legislature also: 

• Approved the re-appointment of Richard Karam to the Upper Mohawk Valley Water Authority.

Karam’s current term was set to expire at the end of 2021, according to documents. Karam’s new term is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022 and will expire on Dec. 31, 2024.

• Approved both the Daily Sentinel in Rome and the Observer Dispatch in Utica as the official newspapers for both the county Democratic and Republican parties.

A video of the meeting can be seen online at: https://www.facebook.com/ONEIDACOUNTYLEGISLATURE

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