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Samantha Madison

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Utica, NY, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

Pens, pencils and smiles

ROME — As the summer comes to an end and families start thinking about buying supplies and sending their children back to school, two Rome residents already are collecting supplies.Not for their own children, but to give away to any child who may not have everything he or she needs when the school year starts.Nazie Adolfi and Bryan Brockway are preparing for their third school supply drive,… → Read More

Rome men strive to send kids back to school with proper supplies

ROME — As the summer comes to an end and families start thinking about buying supplies and sending their children back to school, two Rome → Read More

Owners of CharlesTown site owe more than half-million in back taxes

CharlesTown Mall LLC has not paid taxes in Utica since 2011 and was taken off the tax rolls in the town of Frankfort in 2017 because it had not paid since → Read More

Utica, Rome readying for fight against zombie properties

Mayors of Rome and Utica are welcoming progress and change when it comes to burdensome zombie properties.State funding awarded to both cities in July will → Read More

Rome's Capitolfest 17 welcomes child star from early days of film

Capitolfest 17 is a film festival that shows shorts, talkies and silent movies from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s in the way they were intended to be shown, said Capitol Theatre Executive Director Art Pierce. → Read More

Officials discuss next steps with former CharlesTown Mall

UTICA — Officials from the city of Utica and the town of Frankfort met Thursday to discuss the future of the former CharlesTown Mall site. → Read More

Utica council sets public hearing date

UTICA — There will be a public hearing for the discontinuance of parts of two streets that sit within the footprint of the proposed downtown hospital.The legislation, if passed, would discontinue parts of Cornelia Street and Sayres Street, convey the property to the Mohawk Valley Health System and then remove the streets from the city’s official map.The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 18… → Read More

After death of Bianca Devins, Brindisi seeks tighter social media standards

UTICA — A few days after 17-year-old Bianca Devins was killed in early July, members of her family still were receiving messages with graphic, → Read More

After Utica teen's death, Brindisi seeks tighter social media standards

UTICA — A few days after 17-year-old Bianca Devins was killed in early July, members of her family was still receiving messages with graphic, violent photos of her body.They were the same photos that had been posted online by Devins’ killer and circulated on social media by numerous people.“Many of these private messages said ‘Look at your daughter,’” said Frank Williams, Devins’s grandfather.… → Read More

Rome, Utica submit state funding applications

Each year, municipalities and organizations can apply for grants through the state's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) program.This year's → Read More

Drone developments benefit Rome, region

ROME — Over the last month or so, the unmanned aircraft systems test site in Rome has received a number of boosts from state and federal contracts, company partnerships and other investments.The progress those developments have made at the UAS test site at the Griffiss International Airport showing progress that helps the city and the surrounding area, said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.“There is a… → Read More

United Way steps up to help lunch program

UTICA — In realizing a lunch program that serves children in the community was going to be lacking this summer, the United Way of the Valley → Read More

Community Foundation grants bolster area nonprofits

A number of community nonprofits received more than $500,000 in grants during the second quarter of 2019 from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & → Read More

Brindisi, local officials call for stronger animal welfare protections

UTICA — Calling for more animal welfare regulations, local officials gathered at Stevens-Swan Humane Society on Wednesday to push for federal laws that would protect animals locally and nationwide.U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who is a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, discussed a recently passed bill he co-sponsored that would end horse soring if passed by the Senate. Soring… → Read More

Brindisi calls for stronger animal welfare protections

UTICA — Calling for more animal welfare regulations, local officials gathered at Stevens-Swan Humane Society Wednesday to push for federal → Read More

Rome police searching for body of suspected homicide victim

ROME — The Rome Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who they believe was killed and then placed in a → Read More

Schumer to USDA: Keep collecting honeybee data

MARCY — When a queen bee dies, followed by the entire box, beekeepers want to know what triggered the deaths and how to prevent them in the future. → Read More

Rome Notebook

Council passes two PILOT agreements The Rome Common Council on Wednesday unanimously passed two pieces of legislation that were tabled during its July 11 → Read More

Olbiston case appears in court

UTICA — With the roof of the Olbiston Apartments in Utica in a state of disrepair, the building's owner is having trouble securing funding to → Read More

Elevator at Michael Walsh Apartments not working again

UTICA — It’s been months since a young girl fell down an elevator shaft at the Michael Walsh Apartments in West Utica, but the elevators are still not functioning properly.They were working last week, but as of Thursday, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri verified that the elevators are not working again.After an inspection by the fire marshal, the city drafted and will serve owner Kasztl Walsh LLC… → Read More