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BREAKING: Cuomo wants to close three more NY state prisons

Governor Cuomo announced Friday that three state correctional facilities will close under the new state spending plan. "In my first State of the State address eight years ago, I said prisons are not a jobs program. Since then, I am proud to have closed more prisons than any governor in history," Cuo


Utica man accused of raping, getting mentally disabled minor pregnant, troopers say

UTICA, N.Y. -- A 46-year-old Utica man is accused of raping and impregnating a mentally disabled minor, according to New York State Police. Roger C. Herne was charged with second-degree rape and third-degree rape, both felonies, according to state police.


Madison County woman wins $1 million in scratch-off

CICERO, N.Y. — A big pay day is coming for a Madison County woman. She's about to become Central New York's newest millionaire. State lottery officials say a Bridgeport woman won $1 million on a "20X the Bills" scratch-off ticket.


Katko, Brindisi invite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit Upstate New York

WASHINGTON – Central New York’s two congressmen Friday invited Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to visit the region, urging him to consider the area for its HQ2 campus after the collapse of a deal in New York City.


Madison County receives grant to offer Heavy Equipment, CDL-B License training

WAMPSVILLE — Thanks to a grant from the NYS Department of Labor, Madison County will be offering two rounds of Heavy Equipment Training and CDL-B License training to unemployed or underemployed residents.


Albany County and Madison County achieve State Emergency Management Accreditation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Albany and Madison Counties have achieved accreditation as part of the Local Emergency Management Accreditation Program. First proposed in the Governor’s 2017 State of the State, the accreditation program is the first of its kind at the state-level for l


Herkimer County man faces child pornography charges, state police say

FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- A Herkimer County man is facing child pornography charges after an investigation into “inappropriate behavior" involving two Oneida County children, according to New York State Police.


Madison County Board of Supervisors urge Cuomo to eliminate cuts to municipal funding

Wampsville, NY – The Madison County Board of Supervisors has released a statement asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to eliminate the cuts to aid and incentives to municipalities funding. The governor’s proposed budget presents this cut as a painless way for the state to save $60 million. However, many mu


2 ducks die after Morrisville woman didn’t give them ‘proper’ food, water, police say

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. -- Two ducks were found dead and a woman was charged with animal cruelty Thursday after she didn’t give them proper food or water, according to New York State police.


Oneida County Sewer District Proposed Bill Increase

UTICA, N.Y. - The Oneida County Department of Water Quality has said that those in the Oneida County Sewer district will see an 11% Increase on their bill compared to their 2018 rate if proposals pass. The public can send written comments, submitted to the Department Of Water Quality and Water Polut


Madison County issues travel advisory and closes county offices early

Wampsville, N.Y. — Due to the winter storm and the expectation of freezing rain, Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood has issued a travel advisory for Madison County, beginning at 3 p.m. until 7 a.m. Feb. 13.


Ukrainian Pysanka egg painting with Madison County Historical Society

Oneida, N.Y. — The Madison County Historical Society invites the public to the society's art workshop series to decorate Ukrainian Pysanka eggs. Artist and educator Linda Evans will lead participants through the steps and techniques used to decorate eggs in the Ukrainian Pysanka tradition. All mater


New York state offers free fishing days February 16-17

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the first of several statewide free fishing days in New York will take place this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17. During these designated days, residents and visito


Ilion board OKs community garden plans

ILION — The group planning to start a community garden in Ilion is eager to start planting and the coordinator, Amanda Norton, received approval from the village board Wednesday to move ahead with the various plantings being considered.


Woman accused of animal cruelty

MORRISVILLE — A Madison County woman has been charged with improperly caring for fowl. State police said Clara A. Neil, 35, did not provide food and water to six chickens and two ducks. Troopers said the ducks were found dead on her Williams Road property. Neil was taken into custody on Thursday.


Police: 14,000 untaxed cigarettes found at Utica convenience store

UTICA, N.Y. -- A search of a Utica convenience store turned up 14,000 untaxed cigarettes. It happened at the Express Market on Eagle Street. Yonis Alharbi is facing several charges, including criminal tax fraud.


In Your Opinion: Clear barriers to Tesla in upstate New York

What do Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Porsche, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia and Mini all have in common? They are all cars produced by foreign companies with dealerships in upstate New York.


Small Business Development Center coming to Utica

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Small Business Development Center is coming to Utica. At a ribbon cutting ceremony MVCC, SUNY Poly, and the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center announced that the center is locating its operations at MVCC's Thincubator at 326 Broad Street.


Improvements at the Marquee Theater

It’s no secret. Big improvements are coming soon to the Marquee Theater in New Hartford. Going to the movies will be a whole new experience. Assistant Manager Luke Toukatly says not only will you be able to see images in 4K on the big screen, but there’s a whole lot more.


Will Utica renew Handshake City's lease come June?

UTICA, N.Y. -- Not-for-profit 'Handshake City" wants to keep holding events like 'Barks & Brews' and 'Downtown Getdown' from that vacant lot they spruced up next to the Genesee Street bridge in Utica. But their lease is up in June, and it looks like the city might not renew it.