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Whitesboro discontuing all donations Friday
November 13, 2019, 6:52 pm | Source
WHITESBORO — The village will stop receiving donations for flood victims at 3 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.And until then, only winter outerwear will be accepted.Those in need of winter clothing can visit the village office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.The last day people can pick up clothing will be 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Anything left in the village office after that will be donated to [...]

MVHS's Oneida office closes for the day
November 13, 2019, 6:29 pm | Source
ONEIDA —The Mohawk Valley Health System has closed the MVHS Oneida Medical Office at 131 Main St., suite 103 for the rest of today due to maintenance.This includes the St. Elizabeth Lab and dialysis services at this office.Patients with appointments have been notified of the closure.Patients may visit mvhealthsystem.org/lab for a list of other available lab locations or call the Oneida Medical Office at 315-366-3700 with questions about their [...]

IMPEACHMENT LATEST: Ukrainians perplexed by impeachment hearings
November 13, 2019, 5:16 pm | Source
Ukraine is playing a starring role in historic U.S. impeachment hearings — but Ukrainians themselves seem more worried about a divisive government plan for land reform.

Thanksgiving travel rush likely to shatter records
November 13, 2019, 4:42 pm | Source
Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, a 4% increase over last year.The busiest days figure to be the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day. The lightest day? That’s expected to be the holiday [...]

Brindisi named to House Armed Services Committee
November 13, 2019, 3:38 pm | Source
Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, has been named to the House Armed Services Committee, according to a Wednesday statement. Brindisi will be the only member of the New York delegation on the majority’s side of the committee. “In June, Brindisi secured $10 million for Rome Lab. Brindisi, a longtime champion of the Rome Lab, brought former United States Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to the facility in March. In April, Brindisi testified [...]

Boilermaker 5K race gets new lead sponsor
November 13, 2019, 3:25 pm | Source
The Utica National Group Foundation is the new title sponsor of the Boilermaker 5K Race, according to a statement.The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group.“A longtime supporter of the Boilermaker, Utica National, through its foundation, has served as the title sponsor and primary organizing body of the Utica National Kids’ Run, another popular Boilermaker event, since the Run’s inception in 1989,” a statement [...]

NY law raising age to buy tobacco, e-cigs goes into effect
November 13, 2019, 2:20 pm | Source
ALBANY — New York has now raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 years old, from 18.The law goes into effect Wednesday, Nov. 13.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to prevent addictive cigarette and vaping products from getting to young people.The New York Department of Health says nearly 40 percent of 12th grade students and 27 percent of high school students are now using e-cigarettes. They say the increase is [...]

New York residents can apply for winter heating assistance
November 13, 2019, 1:20 pm | Source
BINGHAMTON — Utilities are reminding customers in New York that enrollment for heating assistance is open for this winter.The Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes. The utilities NYSEG and RG&E reminded customers Tuesday that enrollment for New York's HEAP program is now open.Eligibility and benefits are based on income, household size and other factors.Information about how to apply for HEAP in [...]

Today in history, Nov. 13
November 13, 2019, 1:03 pm | Source
Images of historic news events on this date in the past.

'Sad day' or 'scam'? What to watch at impeachment hearing
November 13, 2019, 11:44 am | Source
WASHINGTON  — A "solemn day" or a "showtrial"?Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.With the bang of a gavel, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff opens the first hearings Wednesday into Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden's family. Big questions loom, including how strongly officials connected what [...]

Police blotter for Nov. 12, 2019
November 13, 2019, 10:34 am | Source
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Boil water advisory due to New York Mills water main break
November 13, 2019, 10:25 am | Source
As of late last night Mohawk Valley Water Authority maintenance crews were working to repair a large water main break on Henderson Street in New York Mills.Wednesday morning, the area was blocked off as crews continued to work. Additional information from MVWA was not immediately available.According to a statement, once service is restored the following areas will be under a boil water advisory for a minimum of 48 hours or until tests show no contamination: Henderson [...]

Community news for Nov. 12, 2019
November 13, 2019, 8:05 am | Source
ROMEElliott completes basic trainingU.S. Air Force Airman Jordan Elliott graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Elliott is the son of Janell Rizzo of Rome and a 2019 graduate of Rome Free Academy. REGIONAirmen [...]

Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth
November 13, 2019, 12:52 am | Source
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth.That means "sky" in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday.NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year's Day, 3 ½ years after exploring Pluto. At the time, this small icy world 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto was nicknamed Ultima Thule given its vast [...]

NY crafting plan to let candidates run with tax dollars
November 12, 2019, 11:53 pm | Source
ALBANY — A New York commission is facing a deadline to come up with a $100 million plan to allow political candidates to fund their campaigns with public dollars.The Public Campaign Financing Commission has until Dec. 1 to release its plan, which becomes law unless lawmakers return to Albany to overturn it.Lawmakers budgeted $100 million for a system that would match candidates' fundraising with taxpayer money in hopes of reducing the role of deep-pocketed donors [...]

Whitesboro residents vent flooding frustrations at meeting
November 12, 2019, 11:51 pm | Source
WHITESBORO — Village residents voiced their frustrations to elected officials Tuesday night during a Board of Trustees meeting, the first one held since the Oct. 31 flooding.The regularly scheduled meeting was held at the Whitesboro Fire Department to accommodate a larger number of attendants. It was still standing room only at the meeting, which was held in a meeting room on the second floor.“We need the federal government to come in with buyouts now,” [...]

'Utica is on the rise': RCIL celebrates new downtown location
November 12, 2019, 9:57 pm | Source
UTICA — Local officials turned a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new downtown Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) office on Tuesday into a celebration of what they called Utica’s renaissance.RCIL, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities to live and work in their communities, moved into two, newly renovated floors of the former Boston Store at 131 Genesee St. over the summer. Its old office sat on Columbia Street on the site of the planned Mohawk [...]

Brindisi challenges Spectrum on rising cable, internet rates
November 12, 2019, 9:21 pm | Source
NEW HARTFORD — U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, says Spectrum cable and internet customers in the region continue to get “burned" by the company.On Tuesday, Brindisi reviewed how he plans to “hold (Spectrum) accountable for what they are doing.”Standing outside the Spectrum store on Commercial Drive in New Hartford, Brindisi offered a status update on a bill he introduced in March, the Transparency for Cable Consumers Act. The bill [...]

UPDATED: Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook lawsuit against Remington go forward
November 12, 2019, 9:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms — based in Madison, North Carolina, and with a plant in Ilion — that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in [...]

Active shooter drills are traumatizing students, experts say
November 12, 2019, 8:47 pm | Source
Active shooter drills, which periodically occur at schools across the nation, might be doing more harm than good.Some even include actors playing gunmen and the sounds of simulated gunfire, according to NPR. That, experts say, is traumatizing many [...]

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