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Utica, NY, United States

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Brindisi: Bianca’s Law would impose new social media regulations

UTICA — U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, announced legislation to hold social media companies accountable in memories of Bianca Devins during a → Read More

Utica Common Council reviews convenience store ordinance

The Utica Common Council took two more looks at an ordinance that would require neighborhood retail businesses to apply for a license to operate during → Read More

Donated trees planted in Roscoe Conkling Park in Utica

UTICA — A dozen trees have been planted in Utica’s Roscoe Conkling Park this month after donations from members of the community.The trees surround the playground near the city’s recreation center along Oneida Street and Memorial Parkway. They were planted by the Central New York Conservancy, which has planted more than 40 trees in the area this year.The family of Dr. Saul Finer, of New… → Read More

Downtown Utica parking plan OK’d for environmental review

The Utica Common Council moved Wednesday to approve an environmental review of a downtown parking plan.The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) → Read More

Utica Common Council OKs environmental review for downtown parking plan

The Utica Common Council moved Wednesday to approve an environmental review of a downtown parking plan.The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) → Read More

Utica’s police reform committee takes shape

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri announced his appointments to the city’s police reform advisory committee Monday.The 18-member committee, created to → Read More

Adirondack Railroad cancels Polar Express for 2020

The Adirondack Railroad will not have its annual Polar Express ride this holiday season.Planning out the Christmas train ride — with 45 to 50 staff members per train and 500 to 650 passengers along with choreographed performances — is labor intensive to prepare, said Bill Branson, president of the Adirondack Railroad board of directors."Getting it ready takes months," Branson said.And with the… → Read More

NY-22: Brindisi, Tenney talk national conventions

The Republican National Convention wrapped Aug. 27, a week after the Democratic National Convention.Both played out despite pandemic restrictions with → Read More

Stanley theater opens soundstage for TV, film

With theaters and other interior entertainment venues closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Stanley Center for the Arts is looking for another means → Read More

Oneida County Board of Elections preps for November

Elections, like many other events and industries, are navigating uncharted waters amid the global coronavirus pandemic.The June primary elections were → Read More

New Italian spot opens in North Utica

UTICA — When you walk into Trulli di Turi on Auert Avenue in North Utica, the presence of Vita Marie Turi is everywhere.The great-grandmother of owner Nick Velardi is represented in pictures, her Singer sewing machine and a weekly pay stub of $18.50 in the entryway. Her immigration paperwork from Ellis Island and pictures of the first house the family owned — and still does — in Utica and the… → Read More

NY-22 race: Brindisi, Tenney ad blitz begins

Whether turning on the television or browsing social media, residents in New York’s 22nd Congressional District have been made aware it’s campaign season.With fewer than 80 days until Election Day, the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, and Republican challenger and former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney of New Hartford have begun to release advertisements on TV and online.Both campaigns… → Read More

Utica Common Council approves budget transfers

The Utica Common Council approved a series of budget adjustments from the past fiscal year during its meeting Wednesday.The five budget transfers are subject to review by the council due to a local law which requires majority council approval for any transfer over $15,000. Each transfer must be presented to the council as a separate ordinance.Among the transfers was $154,980 in unexpected… → Read More

Utica Common Council cracks down on fireworks

Following residents’ complaints, the Utica Common Council added a specific section on fireworks to the city code section on prohibited noises during → Read More

Fitness Mill to anchor new ‘Live It!’ complex in Utica

UTICA — With plans for a spring 2021 opening, the Live It! Downtown complex on Oriskany Street in Utica held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.The multi-use building, anchored by a new, larger Fitness Mill gym, is being constructed on the site where a flooring manufacturer, then car parts store, once stood. The city demolished the old building and prepared the site, which sold to… → Read More

New Fitness Mill breaks ground at Oriskany Street site in Utica

UTICA — With plans for a spring 2021 opening, the Live It! Downtown complex on Oriskany Street in Utica held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.The multi-use building, anchored by a new, larger Fitness Mill gym, is being constructed on the site where a flooring manufacturer, then car parts store, once stood. The city demolished the old building and prepared the site, which sold to… → Read More

Vandalism at Utica container park prompts call for donations

The community group Made in Utica is seeking donations Sunday after containers at the Handshake.City container park were vandalized with spray paint.The → Read More

Brindisi: Survey shows NY-22 has slowest internet speeds in state

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi. D-Utica, says a survey on broadband access that garnered answers from across New York’s 22nd Congressional District → Read More

Valley View Golf Course ahead of last year’s revenue

Name one thing worse for a golf course than a global pandemic: Bad weather.Valley View Golf Course has generated $167,000 in revenue as of June 30, said → Read More

Utica construction zone sting nets 16 traffic tickets

UTICA — Speeding or distracted drivers in the road construction area on Route 5S may have found themselves on the wrong end of a traffic stop → Read More