The
Oneida NY
Observer
NEWS

Your Neighbor: C is 4 Cure helping lead fight to conquer cancer - 2/17/2018
Great Swamp Conservancy celebrates winter season despite warm weather - 2/17/2018
Happy2Assist named Oneida Chamber February 2018 Business of the Month - 2/17/2018

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Truck repairs, gear updates help fortify Oneida Fire Department - 2/17/2018
Oneida Library proposing $421,000 budget; vote set for March 6 - 2/17/2018
Tenney trashes Mueller’s Russia indictments — then admits she hasn’t read them - 2/17/2018

SPORTS

Syracuse men's basketball bounces back with huge win at Miami - 2/17/2018
Syracuse men's lacrosse shredded by No. 3 Albany, 15-3 - 2/17/2018
Watson takes one-shot lead at Riviera - 2/17/2018

OPINION

Congress, listen to the kids: Do something about guns - 2/16/2018
GOVERNMENT LINKS

City of Oneida
Madison County
Oneida County
City of Sherrill
Village of Canastota
Village of Vernon
Town of Vernon
Oneida Indian Nation
New York State Government
USA.gov
NEWS LINKS

Oneida Daily Dispatch
Madison County Courier
Syracuse.com
Utica Observer Dispatch
Rome Sentinel
NewsChannel 9 WSYR
WKTV
CNY Central
Spectrum Cable News
Weather.com
COMMUNITY LINKS

Kallet Civic Center
United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
PAC 99
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
Madison County Historical Society
Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Oneida Community Mansion House
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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NYS Comptroller Audits VVS Reserve Funds Policy and
Practices; School District Responds.  
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the Audit Report in PDF format.
State Police Arrest 120 People for
Driving While Intoxicated During
Super Bowl Weekend
STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE

(2/15/2018) The New York State Police today announced that troopers issued more than 7,700 tickets during a special
STOP DWI traffic enforcement period over Super Bowl Weekend.

During the campaign, which started on Saturday, February 3 and ran through 3:00 a.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018,
State Police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers. The
initiative was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and was also carried out by local law enforcement
agencies across the state.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Making the right choices when getting behind the wheel will
prevent needless tragedies. We have zero tolerance for dangerous and distracted drivers on our highways and we remain
committed to keeping our roadways safe for all. However, we urge all motorists to do their part by making safety their top
priority, driving sober, and putting away their smart phones.”

During this enforcement period, State Troopers arrested 120 people for DWI, and investigated 875 crashes, which injured
137 people. State Police did not respond to any fatal crashes during the weekend.

“We are grateful to our law enforcement partners for keeping our roads safe during the Super Bowl and every day,” said
Terri Egan, Acting GTSC Chair and DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner. “We urge all New Yorkers to plan how they will
safely get home before they celebrate. If you’re having guests over, ask them if they have a plan on how to get home
safely, whether it’s a designated driver, a taxi or a ride share. If they are unaware of it, let them know about the Have a Plan
app that can assist them. And if you see someone has had too much to drink, let them stay over or call them a ride
yourself.”

The Have a Plan app is free from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation and allows
you to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share, and review the consequences of impaired driving. You can even use the
app to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted drivers speeding and aggressive drivers across the State, and issued a
total of 7,733 tickets for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations.

Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued:

Speeding                    2,461
Distracted Driving     198
Seatbelt violations     198
Move Over Law         77

During last year’s Super Bowl enforcement State Police issued 4,098 tickets and arrested 110 people for DWI.
The Oneida Common Council will meet in Council Chamber, at City
Hall, 109 North Main Street on Tuesday, February 20th 2018 at
630PM.  The public is encouraged to attend.  
CLICK HERE to see
the meeting agenda and resolutions in PDF format.
Smoke Detectors Save the Lives of
Three Madison County Children
MADISON COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

“I heard the basement smoke detector going off and when I opened the basement door, I saw smoke and flames in the
basement”, stated the Town of Sullivan resident, whose house went up in flames last week.  Three children were sleeping in
a room in the basement with the door closed.  The mother rushed down the stairs to scoop up the children and usher them
to safety out the front door. Without these working smoke detectors, it might have been a different, tragic scenario of
children losing their lives.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the Bridgeport Fire Department was alerted by Madison County 911 for a reported
structure fire located in the Town of Sullivan.  Upon arrival, fire crews were faced with a working structure fire in the
basement extending to the first floor of the two-story home.  Due to the large volume of fire upon arrival, a transitional
attack was made from the exterior to knock down the major portion of the fire. Crews then went inside to extinguish the
remaining flames. There were no injuries.

Other critical factors that saved lives that morning were that the occupants closed doors upon exiting the basement space
to stop the spread of fire and they quickly dialed 911 to alert the fire department.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a home fire in
half.  This fire is a great example of how smoke detectors saved the lives of three children.  Almost three-quarters of
Americans do have an escape plan; however, fewer than half have ever practiced it (NFPA).  This Sullivan fire is a reminder
to everyone to have working smoke alarms and a regularly practiced escape plan.  

Madison County Emergency Management (OEM) provides free ten-year smoke alarms and free carbon monoxide alarms to
Madison County residents.   For additional information contact the Madison County OEM Fire Coordinator at doug.
shattuck@madisoncounty.ny.gov or 315-366-2258.