The
Oneida NY
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NEWS

Bill Smullen to lead Clear Path for Veterans' expansion efforts - 7/13/2019
Arc of Madison Cortland puts clients first - 7/13/2019
42nd Vernon Center Old Home Day will be held from 930am to 5pm on August 3rd - 7/9/2019

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Woodstock 50 gets appeal date in Vernon, but will it be too late? - 7/13/2019
Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen - 7/14/2019
Trump's Nationwide Immigration Raids Fail to Materialize - 7/14/2019

SPORTS

Djokovic tops Federer in epic Wimbledon final - 7/15/2019
Syracuse Mets Take Series Against RailRiders - 7/14/2019
British Open predictions: Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm - 7/14/2019

OPINION

Why Trump's racist dog whistle won't work this time - 7/15/2019
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COMMUNITY LINKS

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United Way of Greater Oneida
Oneida City Center Committee
Oneida Public Library
Madison County Office for the Aging
Turning Stone Resort Casino
Oneida Improvement Committee
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Sherrill Kenwood Free Library
Oneida Community Mansion House
Monday, July 15, 2019
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State Police and Local Law Enforcement to
Crack Down on Seat Belt Use in State Parks
NYSP PRESS RELEASE

The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are partnering to ensure that
visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety.

“BUNY in the Parks” is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly
buckle-up their seatbelts while travelling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in
approved child safety seats. This year’s campaign will be held from Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Monday, August 12, 2019.

Since New York State became the first state in the nation to enact a primary seatbelt law, effective January 1, 1985, countless lives
have been saved.  The seatbelt compliance rate has steadily increased, and was at 93% in New York State in 2018. However, motor
vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration (NHTSA) reflects that, of the 794 children that were killed in fatal crashes in 2017, 37% were unrestrained.  The NHTSA
also found that among children under 5 years old, an estimated 325 lives were saved in 2017 by restraint use.

New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “We want the public to enjoy their summer outings but we want them to do
so safely. Motorists must remember that proper use of seat belts and child safety seats reduces the risk of injuries and save lives,
especially when it comes to our children.  The New York State Police, State Parks Police and our law enforcement partners will be
working diligently to educate motorists and enforce compliance to prevent needless tragedies and keep motorists safe.”

State Park Police Chief Mark VanWie said “The safety of our visitors is our greatest priority and through our partnership with the New
York State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide, we will continue to educate and enforce proper seat-belt usage, which
will help ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all motorists entering or leaving our NYS state parks.”

DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “New York has 180 state parks for
its residents and visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re driving on a highway to get to one of them or on a park road, always wear your seat
belt and make sure your children are properly restrained in a seat suitable for their age and size. Crashes can happen anytime and
anywhere, often when you least expect them, so always be safe and keep buckled up whenever a car is in motion.”

This initiative coincides with one of the peak times that visitors travel to state parks throughout New York State, and the goal is for
motorists and their families to arrive and depart safely.   Increasing seatbelt use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash
related injuries and fatalities. Ensuring motorists adhere to proper child restraint laws will, no doubt, protect the lives of many that
cannot speak for themselves.

During the 2018 BUNY in the Parks campaign, State Police and State Park Police issued more than 3,700 total tickets. That included
2,107 tickets for child restraint violations, and 764 tickets for adult seatbelt violations.
Highlights of New York State's occupant restraint law:

In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged
16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up.
Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restraint when riding with driver who has a junior license or
learner permit.

Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must
comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the
restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt.

The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to
three driver license penalty points for each violation.
Oneida Man Arrested for Burglary
in the Town of Lincoln
MCSO PRESS RELEASE

Lincoln, NY - On July 11, 2019 at 5:17 AM, a Deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Oxbow
Road in the Town of Lincoln for a report of a burglary not in progress. The homeowners reported that while they were asleep, someone
entered their residence, garage and utility trailer and stole several items which consisted of a .270 bolt action rifle, multiple credit cards,
electronics and several tools. The homeowners also reported that their pickup truck was stolen from their driveway. The deputy on the
scene put out a bolo (be on the lookout) for the stolen truck.

At 7:55 AM, a sergeant with the City of Oneida Police Department observed the stolen vehicle on Mount Hope Avenue in the City of
Oneida parked on the side of the road. A male, later identified as
Timothy Christman, age 31 of Oneida, New York, walked from a
nearby driveway over to the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Christman had driven the stolen vehicle and
parked it on the side of the road.

Christman was searched and two checkbooks were found in his pants pocket. One of the checkbooks belonged to the victim from
Oxbow Road and the other was reported stolen from the City of Syracuse. The pickup truck was searched and several of the stolen
items were recovered from the truck to include the rifle and tools. Sheriff’s deputies took custody of Christman and towed the stolen
vehicle back to the Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Investigators continued the investigation and discovered before Christman was apprehended on Mount Hope Avenue, he
committed the burglary on Oxbow Road and then left two duffel bags of stolen tools and electronics at another residence in the Town of
Lincoln. The property in the duffel bags was recovered and identified as the stolen property from the Oxbow Road residence.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office charged Timothy A. Christman Jr. with Burglary in the 2nd degree (Class C
Felony) and 4 counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree (Class E Felonies). Christman was arraigned at the Town of Lincoln Court
where he was remanded to the Madison County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Christman is scheduled to reappear at
court on July 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM to answer the charges.
The City of Oneida Common Council will meet in Council Chambers at City
Hall, 109 North Main Street in Oneida on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 630PM.
CLICK HERE to see the agenda and resolutions in PDF format. The public is
encouraged to attend.
Owner of DJM Construction in Kirkville
Arrested by State Police on Grand Larceny
Charges
NYSP PRESS RELEASE

State Police arrested Daniel J. Mace, age 28, from Kirkville, NY for (2) counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree, a class “D” felony.

Mr. Mace, owner of DJM Construction, was charged with accepting over $59,000 in payments for construction jobs and never
completing any of the work on the projects.

Mace was arraigned in the village of Chittenango and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in the town of
Sullivan Court on August 20th at 1 p.m.