The Oneida Daily Dispatch

Local and breaking news from the Oneida Daily Dispatch covering Oneida County and surrounding areas in Central New York.

The Oneida Daily Dispatch

Picente: 'Pass the turkey, not COVID'
November 25, 2020, 5:00 pm | Source
Utica, N.Y. — Oneida County has broken a record with 214 new COVID-19 cases reported on Nov. 24, 2020.

Property transfers in Madison County
November 25, 2020, 3:00 pm | Source
The following deeds were among those recorded in the Madison County clerk’s office from October 5 through October 16, 2020:

Snapshot: Holiday guided tours at The Madison County Historical Society
November 25, 2020, 1:15 pm | Source
Visit the Madison County Historical Society this December for our Holiday Guided House Tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The period rooms of the Historical Society are adorned with Victorian-themed decorations. Tours of the…

10 ways to have a safe Thanksgiving
November 24, 2020, 5:30 pm | Source
NEW YORK — The way people celebrate Thanksgiving this year may be a little different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But what hasn’t changed is the need to stay safe from cooking fires, which typically peak on this holiday.

Thruway Authority offers Thanksgiving travel tips
November 24, 2020, 4:00 pm | Source
NEW YORK — The New York State Thruway Authority offered important tips and advice for drivers who must travel this Thanksgiving holiday week as cashless tolling is now live on the Thruway’s ticketed system. The transition took place on Saturday,…

Two Utica teens arrested on attempted burglary charges at Remsen gun shop
November 24, 2020, 3:00 pm | Source
Oneida County, N.Y. — State Police in Remsen recently responded to a burglary in progress at TRB’s Gun Shop located on Plank Road in the Town of Remsen. Upon their arrival, two suspects were taken into custody for attempting to…

Local businesses recognized during virtual Oneida chamber award dinner
November 23, 2020, 10:15 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual award dinner virtually this year, bestowing three local businesses with distinguished awards.

Snapshot: Dunkin’ donates to Toys for Tots
November 23, 2020, 1:08 pm | Source
Dunkin’ today kicked off the season of giving by announcing a $15,000 donation from its Central New York franchisees to the Syracuse Tots for Tots holiday campaign. The $15,000 donation, which will be used to purchase new toys as holiday…

CarSmart: Ford's F-350 Platinum a do-it-all truck
November 22, 2020, 6:15 pm | Source
When towing is your target -- for that fifth-wheel camper or construction site trailer -- there really isn't much more to look at than Ford’s Super Duty F-350.

Questions and answers from the 'Car Doctor'
November 22, 2020, 5:00 pm | Source
Q. We recently purchased a 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T. The car means learning a whole new world of driving since our previous car was a 2001 Buick Century without all the new technology of the Honda Accord. During the summer…

Alan Chartock’s The Capitol Connection: Biden should find every way possible to honor Bernie Sanders
November 22, 2020, 1:15 pm | Source
I have interviewed Bernie Sanders many times. Those opportunities mostly came when he was a member of Congress but when he became a Senator, he moved uptown and except for a few opportunities, he didn’t need me and the public…

Noteworthy updates from Oneida Common Council meeting
November 21, 2020, 4:30 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — An Oneida Common Council meeting held Nov. 17 was brief, but with noteworthy updates. The main events that night were the police department's swearing-in ceremony and a final budget meeting held later that evening.

Beware of bogus collection companies that offer to settle tax debt
November 21, 2020, 3:45 pm | Source
NEW YORK — The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance alerted taxpayers to a variety of scam letters being mailed to New Yorkers that offer to assist in settling outstanding tax debt.

Madison County reports 83 active COVID-19 cases
November 21, 2020, 3:00 pm | Source
Madison County, N.Y. — Madison County officials have reported on COVID-19, taxes, and more over the past week.

Razor-thin margin could decide US House race in New York
November 20, 2020, 8:49 pm | Source
ALBANY, N.Y. — A rematch between a former Republican congressional member and the Democrat who ousted her from office two years ago has come down to a just a few dozen votes, with a judge likely to play a role…

Local libraries to receive project construction funding
November 20, 2020, 4:15 pm | Source
Central N.Y. — Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida) announced that over $700,000 in library construction funding will be awarded to libraries in her district. Projects include upgrading lighting, refinishing parking lots, improving HVAC systems, renovating children’s rooms and restrooms,…

Snapshot: Oneida County Sheriff's donates turkeys to Joseph’s Experience
November 20, 2020, 2:37 pm | Source
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was happy to provide ten turkeys to Dr. Mark Montgomery, the founder of Joseph’s Experience. These Thanksgiving turkeys will be given to families in the community who have children that are suffering. From left, Sgt.…

Madison County recognizes employees for their years of service
November 19, 2020, 7:15 pm | Source
Wampsville, N.Y. — Madison County has recognized its employees for their years of service.

Oneida holds swearing-in ceremony for promotions, appointments within police department
November 18, 2020, 8:15 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — Police Chief John Little was formally sworn into office at a ceremony after Tuesday's Common Council meeting at the Kallet Theater on Nov. 17. He was joined by fellow officers also being appointed/promoted within the Oneida City…

DiNapoli: Statewide local sales tax revenue declined in October
November 18, 2020, 7:00 pm | Source
NEW YORK — Local government sales tax revenue declined by 5.2% in October compared to the same month last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. October’s sales tax collections totaled $1.4 billion for counties and cities, or $74.4…

Madison County approves 2021 tentative budget with 4.99% tax levy increase
November 18, 2020, 5:30 pm | Source
Wampsville, N.Y. — Madison County officials have weighed in on the 2021 budget, county affairs, and COVID-19 during the holidays.

Madison County potential public COVID-19 exposure announcements to cease
November 18, 2020, 5:30 pm | Source
Wampsville, N.Y. — Madison County Health Department (MCDOH) will no longer be announcing possible COVID-19 exposure locations, such as stores and restaurants, in Madison County.

Snapshot: November Member of the Month
November 18, 2020, 1:28 pm | Source
From left, Elise Allen, The Oneida Commons, Kim Caro, Chamber President from Caro- Northrup Allstate Agency, Rachel Siderine, Chamber Treasurer from AmeriCU Credit Union, Linda Bailey, Chamber Board from Better Hearing of Madison County, and Wendy Matters, Chamber Board from…

Oneida Health Auxiliary’s Light a Light for Love Campaign begins
November 17, 2020, 4:00 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — The Oneida Health Auxiliary recently announced the kick-off to their annual Light a Light for Love Campaign that allows community members a way to publicly show appreciation for their loved ones or acknowledge the work of a…

McClowry named new principal of South Side Elementary School
November 17, 2020, 1:30 pm | Source
Canastota, N.Y. — The Canastota Board of Education appointed Vanessa McClowry on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as the new Principal of South Side Elementary School, which serves about 200 students in grades 2-3.

Hotaling Imports Inc. offering specialty toys at discounts this holiday season
November 16, 2020, 8:30 pm | Source
Sherrill, N.Y. — Searching for the perfect kids gift this holiday season? For the first time ever, Hotaling Imports Inc. is offering its specialty toys at great discounts right out of their warehouse in Sherrill.

Snapshot: Adults have four pathways to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma
November 16, 2020, 1:27 pm | Source
The BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education offers three of the four pathways at no cost to the student. Call at (315) 334 – 8000 and organizers determine where they can best serve you. The program has preparation classes with morning,…

State Police probe homicide at hotel in Rome
November 16, 2020, 2:17 am | Source
Rome, N.Y. — The New York State Police in Marcy is investigating a homicide that occurred at the Red Carpet Inn, 799 Lawrence St., in the outer district of Rome, on Nov. 15, at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Questions and answers from the 'Car Doctor'
November 15, 2020, 5:30 pm | Source
Q. A few years ago, I had the factory air conditioning on my 1970 Oldsmobile converted from Freon R12 to R-134a. This summer the air conditioner only blew arm air. My question is can I convert back to Freon and…

CarSmart: Mercedes-Benz puts the 'gee!' in luxury GT coupe
November 15, 2020, 4:15 pm | Source
Top-down fun in the sun is all the norm in the GT C.

Alan Chartock’s The Capitol Connection: The defeat of the would-be American dictator
November 15, 2020, 1:00 pm | Source
Thanksgiving is here.History will record the defeat of Donald Trump, the would-be dictator and corrupter of American democracy, as a turning point in this country. My neighbors, and all those people who were really afraid that this country was done…

Letter to the editor
November 14, 2020, 5:00 pm | Source
To the editor:

Uptick in COVID cases reported in Oneida and Madison counties
November 14, 2020, 3:30 pm | Source
Utica, N.Y. — Oneida County cases have been on the rise reaching the highest active case-total reported for the county to date. In just a single day cases rose by 108.

Cornell in our Community: CCE Provides Disaster Preparedness through EDEN
November 13, 2020, 4:30 pm | Source
The first thing that a new employee with Cornell Cooperative Extension realizes is that they have access to an incredible amount of information and research. There are resources such as Cornell Small Farms Program that can be matched with producers…

Snapshot: Griffo honors Buono with induction into NYS Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame
November 13, 2020, 2:06 pm | Source
State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-C-I-Rome, announced that New Hartford resident Tom Buono has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the state…

Oneida Health initiates precautionary visitation restrictions
November 13, 2020, 1:03 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — Oneida Health announced that effective immediately, all routine visitation at the hospital and extended care facility will be restricted as a precautionary measure due to the increased prevalence of COVID-19 in nearby communities. This also includes individuals…

Visitors restricted for the Mohawk Valley Health System due to COVID resurgence
November 13, 2020, 1:00 pm | Source
Utica, N.Y. — As the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in Oneida County has been steadily increasing this month, Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has been examining additional measures it can take to continue to keep its patients,…

LED streetlight conversion project underway in Oneida
November 12, 2020, 2:00 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — The City of Oneida is getting a whole lot brighter as a $700,000 LED streetlight conversion project is underway.

Cuomo orders end to late-night service at bars, restaurants
November 11, 2020, 11:40 pm | Source
NEW YORK (AP) — After months of loosening coronavirus restrictions, New York state took a step backward Wednesday, limiting the maximum size of private gatherings to 10 people and ordering restaurants, bars and gyms to close no later than 10…

Madison County pays tribute to veterans during WAVEM Veterans Day ceremony
November 11, 2020, 10:15 pm | Source
Wampsville, N.Y. — The Madison County WAVEM association along with officials, families, and residents celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the County Office Building.

State Police probe fatal Amish buggy crash in Madison County
November 11, 2020, 6:03 pm | Source
Georgetown, N.Y. — State Police in Morrisville is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Nov. 10 on State Route 26 in the town of Georgetown.

Madison County man arrested on federal drug and firearms charges
November 11, 2020, 6:00 pm | Source
Syracuse, N.Y. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of New York reported that Shawn Tompkins, 40, of Hubbardsville, appeared in federal court on Nov. 4 on a criminal complaint charging him with federal methamphetamine and marijuana distribution charges, and…

Madison County ends contract with Madison Legal Defense Bureau
November 11, 2020, 3:45 pm | Source
Wampsville, N.Y. — Via a letter sent Oct. 13, 2020, the Madison Board of Supervisors informed the Madison Legal Defense Bureau, which oversees the Madison Public Defenders office, that the county would not be renewing their contract in 2021. One…

Hamilton PCD offers new grant opportunity for farm and forestry-based businesses
November 11, 2020, 3:30 pm | Source
Hamilton, N.Y. — The Partnership for Community Development (PCD) is now accepting applications for Rural Business Technology Grants, a new micro-grant program utilizing technology to help farm and forestry-based businesses grow.

Oneida Nation Enterprises updates out-of-state COVID-19 screening requirements
November 11, 2020, 1:30 pm | Source
Central New York — Oneida Nation Enterprises (ONE) has updated its health and safety plan to include new screening requirements for out-of-state guests (excluding border states) starting Nov. 6, 2020.

State Police Investigating officer-involved shooting incident in Chittenango Falls State Park
November 11, 2020, 11:01 am | Source
Cazenovia, N.Y. — The New York State Police, at the request of Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood is investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in Chittenango Falls State Park.

Snapshot: Arc Madison Cortland launches COVID Cares campaign
November 10, 2020, 9:00 pm | Source
As the pandemic continues in the United States and throughout the world, local communities have banned together to aid businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the crisis. At the height of COVID-19, The Arc Madison Cortland was mandated…

Utica Zoo unveils Bright Nights for the holiday season
November 9, 2020, 10:15 pm | Source
Utica, N.Y. — To shed some light on the upcoming holiday season, Utica Zoo is introducing Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo, presented by Baird, which will launch on Friday, Nov. 27 from 5-8 p.m. and run each Thursday through…

John Little appointed as next Oneida police chief
November 9, 2020, 8:30 pm | Source
Oneida, N.Y. — The City of Oneida officially appointed Assistant Chief John Little as chief of police, effective Nov. 5. Little was previously acting police chief following former Chief Paul Thompson being placed on paid administrative leave in mid-September.

Snapshot: Carrie Large to join Friends of the Zoo as executive director
November 9, 2020, 2:30 pm | Source
Carrie Large, a longtime senior leader at ACR Health, has been named the new executive director of the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The Friends of the Zoo board of directors selected Large following a national search to fill…

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