YEAR IN REVIEW 2021: September – Two men from Ansville accused of murdering their brother


The Daily Sentinel takes a look at the key stories from 2021 that shaped our year.

1st – As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Oneida County Opioid Task Force unveiled a series of new initiatives to help the community cope with the opioid epidemic. The new initiatives range from a series of emergency Narcan boxes to be placed throughout the community to a “boots on the ground” response team for problem areas. The task force also launched a new website with resources for the community.

2nd – New York lawmakers voted to extend a moratorium on evictions for tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, has called on the Legislature to return for a “special session” in a bid to suspend evictions until January 15.

3rd – With the recent closure of Staley Elementary School, 620 E. Bloomfield St., due to flooding in August, school district officials must renovate many of the district’s elementary school bus routes.

4th – The City of Rome School District School Board unanimously approved a resolution saying damage to Staley Primary School, 620 E. Bloomfield St., would cost more than $ 4.3 million to repair at a special board meeting.

5th – The Oneida Carry was only one to four miles long. But the new $ 500,000 sculpture, which represents her, has traveled more than 2,000 miles, from Arizona to its new site in the 300 block of West Dominick Street.

6th – A wire and pull cable, 7500 Cold Point Drive, received a first dollar profit award from the Rome Region Chamber of Commerce in a groundbreaking ceremony at the manufacturer of tagged and bundled cables centered on the customer.

7th – Representatives from the State Education Ministry, Comptroller’s Office and Attorney General’s Office today met with officials from the City of Rome School District to discuss issues with the roof of the Academy Free of Rome, which has been repaired since it was reported to be on the verge of failure on the 20-year-old building this spring.

8th – Several area residents, as well as a study commissioned by the Adirondack White Lake Association, raised concerns about the application for a pink granite quarry during a virtual public hearing regarding the application for a Pink granite quarry near White Lake.

9th – Derek Jeter was just Derek Jeter on his special day – silky smooth. On a cloudy afternoon with 70s temperatures and a few drops in the air and adoring fans chanting his name, the former New York Yankees shortstop and captain was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after a long wait made necessary by the pandemic.

10th – A long-standing dilemma sparked a lengthy discussion for city councilors at their meeting – whether ice fees at the JF Kennedy Civic Arena have a chilling effect on youth participation in the Hockey Association for young people of Rome.

11th – At a dark event hosted by The Genesis Group at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Prayer Breakfast commemorated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and honors those affected by the tragic events. The event was an opportunity to come together to honor and remember the police, firefighters, emergency responders and the military.

12th – Rome Fire Lt. Brian Townsend was named this week’s Firefighter of the Year by the Oneida County Association of Fire Chiefs. Townsend, a 15-year veteran of the department, was honored for his rescue efforts in a boat collision on Fourth Lake in Herkimer County in September 2020.

13th – A hospital in upstate New York will stop giving birth later this month, in part because of employee resignations over the requirement that they be vaccinated against COVID-19. Six maternity staff have resigned from Lewis County General Hospital over the past week, exacerbating an existing staff shortage.

14th – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, as well as MP Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, met with members of the school district and their advisers last week at the Rome Free Academy – where lawmakers were able to see for themselves the impact of premature failure of the RFA roof.

15th – The Connected Community Schools Initiative, made up of two partner agencies Rome Alliance for Education (RAE) and Central New York Health Home Network (CNYHHN), intends to transform the old Town Hall at 207 N. James St. into a centralized location where several non-profit organizations can provide services and assistance to local residents.

16th –Amya McLeod, a junior at Rome Free Academy, has announced her verbal commitment to play Division I college basketball at Youngstown State. The 5-foot-6 guard cannot sign a letter of intent until November 2022. Youngstown State is in Youngstown, Ohio.

17th – The Rome Free Academy football team took a 15-8 lead over host Henninger High of Syracuse at half-time in Syracuse and used that to propel the team to a 30- victory 24 in the league for his first of the season.

18th – A man died after being shot with a shotgun in a marital dispute between brothers, law enforcement officials said. Accused shooter Matthew E. Westcott, 27, is in custody for murder, state police said. This is the first homicide in Oneida County outside of Utica this year.

19th – Republicans and Democrats on an independent commission tasked with drawing new political maps instead drew criticism when they failed to agree on what they should look like and released competing versions . The state’s loss of a seat in Congress based on the most recent census date – 27-26 – means that a district will disappear.

20th –A second brother has been charged in connection with the murder of James E. Westcott at the family home on Route 69 in Annsville, New York State Police said. Michael E. Westcott, 31, is accused of repeatedly stabbing James in the back of the head with a large knife after their other brother, Matthew E. Westcott, 27, was accused of shooting James in the face with a shotgun.

21 – The 25th Annual Madison County Hop Festival is a celebration of the past, present and future of the local hop industry. The event started at the Oneida Public Library with a film and presentations by local experts in the history of hops.

22nd – Sherwood L. (Sherry) Boehlert has died at the age of 84 at the Siegenthaler Center in New Hartford after a brief illness. Boehlert represented central New York in the House of Representatives for 24 years, becoming chairman of the House Committee on Science (now the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology).

23rd – For the fifth consecutive year, there will be no general increase in property taxes in the 2022 draft budget of $ 45.7 million for the City presented by Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo to the municipal council. The spending plan, which will now be scrutinized by city councilors who can, by charter, eliminate but not add spending to the budget.

24 – A fight between spectators during a Colts Pop Warner football match in Rome is the subject of an investigation by the police. As a result of the fight, tackle football was suspended in Rome for the remainder of the season, according to officials at Tri-Valley Pop Warner.

25 – City councilors have expressed overwhelming support for a 0% increase in property taxes for the fifth consecutive year in the proposed municipal budget of $ 45.7 million for 2022, which also calls for no increase in property taxes. waste, sewage and water. Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo presented the fifth budget for her administration to the municipal council.

26 –Oneida County Manager Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced that $ 200,000 in microenterprise grants and $ 750,000 in Cares Act grants are available through Mohawk Valley EDGE for small businesses and businesses. start-ups in the region.

27th – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $ 36 million in federal funding for mental health treatment and research centers statewide of New York through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

28 – After having had to take a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, firefighters in Rome will reopen the central fire station for school visits as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

29 – As part of the ongoing efforts to immunize residents against the coronavirus, Oneida County Director Anthony J. Picente Jr. has announced that booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available to residents eligible from this week in two counties. sites operated.

30th – A $ 40 million modernization of the New York Central Psychiatric Center’s Office of Mental Health and the Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center campus in Marcy is underway, according to an announcement from Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.


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