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Edward Harris

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Utica, NY, United States

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  • Rochester D and C

Recent articles by Edward:

Community Foundation to residents: Sign the Mohawk Valley Equity Pledge

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is asking residents to take the newly announced Mohawk Valley Equity Pledge to help establish → Read More

Citing COVID-19 impacts, Rome mayor seeks more time for budget proposal

As the deadline to submit the budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year approaches, Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo is seeking to push that date back as her → Read More

Rome NAACP, police host voter registration event

ROME — The Rome NAACP and Rome Police Department hosted a joint event Wednesday that saw members of each organization hand out personal protective → Read More

Rome police investigating officer’s conduct at Black Lives Matter rally

Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach confirmed Thursday that an internal investigation is underway into alleged statements an officer made about a protester participating in a Black Lives Matter rally last weekend.The protest was sparked by racist graffiti and swastikas found Saturday written on a parked moving truck on First Street.Two rallies took place due to the graffiti over the last several days.… → Read More

Picente seeks more time for budget proposal amid county revenue woes

In light of issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. is asking the Oneida County Board of Legislators to → Read More

After 6 months, Vernon Downs reopens

VERNON — A line of people stretched outside the front of Vernon Downs Casino Hotel on Wednesday as the casino reopened for the first time in months. → Read More

New Hartford solar proposal takes next step

A proposed law is making its way through the town of New Hartford’s government — one that ultimately could help supplement town finances.Town Supervisor Paul Miscione said the town board held a public hearing Aug. 19 on a proposal to install solar farms, which requires a zoning change. The solar proposal was then passed along to the town’s planning board for further consideration.Miscione… → Read More

Improvements continue at New Hartford recreation center

This summer’s upgrades at New Hartford’s recreation center, part of a three-year capital improvement plan, is expected to wrap up later this month, Town Supervisor Paul Miscione said.Work underway includes exterior cosmetic work, including addressing rusted doors, and the installation of new windows and a new speaker system.An inside wall by the bleachers left up following a past expansion at… → Read More

New quantum computing center in Rome celebrates opening

The Innovare Advancement Center in Rome celebrated its grand opening this week, albeit virtually.Originally dubbed the Open Innovation Campus, the $12 → Read More

$20M secured for flood buyouts along Sauquoit Creek

WHITEBORO — Former Sauquoit Street resident Tammy Patterson said she was awash with emotions Thursday morning after finding out about a $20 million → Read More

UPDATED: $20M secured for flood buyouts along Sauquoit Creek

WHITESBORO — Former Sauquoit Street resident Tammy Patterson said she was awash with emotions Thursday morning after finding out about $20 million in federal funding set aside for property buyouts for Whitesboro and Whitestown residents affected by flooding along the Sauquoit Creek.Patterson said she and her husband’s home sustained $60,000 in damages during the regional flooding event that… → Read More

Schumer: $20M secured for flood buyouts along Sauquoit Creek

WHITESTOWN — Whitesboro and Whitestown residents affected by flooding along the Sauquout Creek have been tossed a lifeline in the form of up to $20 million in federal funding for property buyouts, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Thursday.The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) and the Town of Whitestown reached an agreement to provide the… → Read More

Whitesboro seeks federal grant for flood buyout program

An informal village meeting was held Monday night in Whitesboro where Mayor Bob Friedlander talked about potential grant money available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that could allow for a home buyout program for homes damaged during Halloween flooding.The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) announced on August 24 the availability of… → Read More

Oneida County adjusts school patrol program with virtual learning in mind

The Oneida County Board of Legislators recently amended the county’s Special Patrol Officer (SPO) program implemented for county schools in late 2018.With the program, school districts agreed to split SPO costs with Oneida County, which committed $500,000.At a meeting earlier this month, however, the Board amended the program to have the county only pay the 50% if students were in school for… → Read More

Regional council cites child care, broadband among Mohawk Valley’s chief concerns

Child care and broadband internet access were among the main topics of discussion Wednesday during a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC).The virtual council meeting provided an overview of the proposed 2020 Regional Economic Recovery Strategy for the Mohawk Valley region in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The MVREDC is the strategic economic advisory… → Read More

Regional council cites child care, broadband among Mohawk Valley’s chief concerns

Child care and broadband internet access were among the main topics of discussion Wednesday during a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC).The virtual council meeting provided an overview of the proposed 2020 Regional Economic Recovery Strategy for the Mohawk Valley region in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The MVREDC is the strategic economic advisory… → Read More

Oneida County initiative aims to attract remote workers

A new Oneida County employment initiative announced Monday is looking to draw remote workers to the region.Dubbed Reconnect Oneida County, the program → Read More

Gyms in Oneida, Herkimer counties eager to reopen

With the release of guidelines Monday allowing gyms across the state to reopen next week, local gym owners are eager to get started.The guidelines — ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stem the spread of coronavirus — include a 33% capacity limit as well as requirements for face coverings at all times, 6 feet of separation and mandatory equipment cleaning. Gyms also are required to submit to an… → Read More

Gyms in Oneida, Herkimer counties eager to reopen

With the release of guidelines Monday allowing gyms across the state to reopen next week, local gym owners are eager to get started.The guidelines — ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stem the spread of coronavirus — include a 33% capacity limit as well as requirements for face coverings at all times, 6 feet of separation and mandatory equipment cleaning. Gyms also are required to submit to an… → Read More

County finances ’sad’ state of affairs

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. called the county’s finances "pretty sad" and said he has not ruled out the possibility of needing to borrow money just to pay the bills.It is not all doom and gloom, however, as Picente did note some rays of sunshine when it comes to the county’s finances.The county receives sales tax payments a few times quarterly and past payments have been down as… → Read More