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Syracuse police brutality case comes down to credibility: ‘Reputations are on the line’

A jury will begin its deliberations today in a Syracuse police brutality trial. Officers Damon Lockett, left, and Paul Montalto, right, are accused of using excessive force to arrest Alonzo Grant, 57, outside his home in 2014.

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Photos: Albany Airport’s dramatic changes through the years

Albany International Airport opened at its current site in 1928 on farmland previously owned by the Shakers on Albany Shaker Road in Colonie. Continue viewing the slideshow to see historical photos of Albany’s airport over the decades.

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CNY Psychiatric Center Employee Charged With Wage Theft

An employee of the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy has been arrested on felony charges for wage theft and time abuse. The New York State Inspector General’s Office says 41-year old Damion Walton of Utica is charged with ten counts of offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny.

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Donald Trump raised $650,000 for Claudia Tenney, GOP in Utica visit

President Donald Trump hauled in more than $650,000 in campaign donations for Rep. Claudia Tenney and House Republicans when he visited Utica in August, according to new disclosure reports. Trump headlined a private fundraiser Aug. 13 at the Hotel Utic…

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Oneida County Kicks Off Books for Babies Program

The initiative will provide a free book to every newborn in the county through the Utica and Jervis Public Libraries and the Mid York Library System. Each Oneida County newborn will receive a tote bag at the hospital of their birth containing the New Y…

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Looks Like Snow is in the Forecast for the Utica Area

We may not even get those snowflakes! But, if you are someone who gets excited for snow or you have little ones, they may be excited to see a few white flecks fall from the sky. , is Wednesday night.

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New Hartford Police Arrest Woman for Switching Price Tags on Items

The New Hartford Police Department has arrested a woman following a report of larceny at the Walmart on Commercial Drive. According to police a woman was reportedly switching price tags on merchandise in order to purchase the items at a reduced rate.

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Town of New Hartford board meeting – October 10, 2018

The Tentative 2019 budget for the Town of New Hartford was one of the topics at the Wednesday, October 10, 2018 town board meeting. Here is a pdf copy of the full agenda.

Also discussed was the possibility of the 2019 New Hartford budget including charges to residents residing in the Village of New York Mills/Town of New Hartford for costs related to the operation and maintenance of the New Hartford Town Police.

Since 2003, the Village of New York Mills has not been taxed by the Town of New Hartford for costs related to New Hartford police; the Village of New York Mills instead opted to maintain their own police force and thus have been exempted under the provisions of Town Law 150.

However, Town Law section 150 only exempts villages from the costs of town police if the village maintains a police force with at least four full-time officers on an annual basis and under the rules of civil service.

Town Law – TWN § 150

“The compensation of such policemen shall be a town charge;  providing however, no assessment on property in any village within any town or partially within any town shall be made for the maintenance or operation of a town police department established after January first, nineteen hundred sixty, pursuant to this section if any such village maintains a police department of four or more policemen on an annual full-time basis, established and maintained under the rules of civil service.”

In recent years, the New York Mills mayor has not maintained the required number of full-time officers to allow the exemption from town taxes for town police services to continue.

With the increasing demand for town police services in the Village of New York Mills section of town year after year, the town must now begin to charge village of New York Mills residents who live in the Town of New Hartford to cover police costs that since 2003 have only been paid by Village of New Hartford and Town Outside the Village taxpayers.

Although during last night’s town board discussion of the situation, there was no adopted resolution, there also appeared to not be any opposition from any member of the town board in reaction to the town supervisor’s proposal to start taxing NYM village residents for town police protection. The town board is working on the details at this point, but it is expected that the 2019 budget will contain police charges to village taxpayers.

The Mayor has for several years been well-aware of his obligation to provide a minimum of four (4) policemen on an annual full-time basis in order to qualify for the exemption under Town Law 150. For several years, the town board has been patient and allowed the Mayor plenty of time to once again comply with the provisions of Town Law. However, he has failed to comply and therefore, like any other exemption, if you don’t qualify, the exemption cannot be granted.

With the increasing calls for the New Hartford Town Police to provide policing services to Village of New York Mills residents and the decision of Mayor Bialec to not maintain the number of full-time police required under Town Law 150 for exemption from taxation of town police operation and maintenance, the Town and Village of New Hartford taxpayers can no longer be expected, nor should they be expected, to shoulder the full cost of police services to include services provided to the residents of the Village of New York Mills who reside in the Town of New Hartford.

Below is the full video of the Town of New Hartford board meeting last evening:

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Salt City Waltz returns in November

The Salt City Waltz, a tribute to the rock group The Band that’ll feature the talents of dozens of local musicians, is returning to Syracuse on Thanksgiving weekend. The show will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood.

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Recreational Marijuana Listening Session Being Held In New Hartford

Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s office and other state officials are encouraging community members to participate in a listening session on recreational marijuana legalization. Citizens will have the opportunity to have their voices heard on this topic tonight at Holiday Inn Utica on Burrstone Road in New Hartford.

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