|Tuesday, September 19, 2017
|CLICK HERE to see the latest Madison County Sheriff's Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to see the latest Oneida Police Department arrest blotter in PDF format.
|Tour the Towpath Event: Cycle 36 miles of the
Erie Canalway Trail September 23rd to 24th
MADISON COUNTY PLANNING DEPT PRESS RELEASE
Celebrate the 200th year of the Erie Canal by bike and explore the longest intact portion of the historic Erie Canal at the 3rd Annual
Tour the Towpath event on September 23-24, 2017.
Tour the Towpath is a 36-mile supported, off-road recreational bike ride along the Towpath trail within the Old Erie Canal State Historic
Park from Rome to DeWitt, NY with an option to bike to the Inner Harbor in Syracuse (additional 10 mile ride). There are lots of
organized and spontaneous things to discover along the way including charming canal-side communities.
Tour the Towpath is a family friendly event and open to cyclists of all abilities. The Old Erie Canal Towpath trail is off-road, mostly
stone dust, and flat (it’s why this area was selected to start building the Erie Canal 200 years ago). Participants have two full days to
explore the park and all the area has to offer. Special activities during the event include a scavenger hunt along the route.
Riders will receive a map and guide to the many attractions, museums, restaurants, shops, and historic sites that they can explore in
the communities between Rome and Syracuse. All participants end at the World Canal Conference Kick-off Celebration at the Inner
Harbor in Syracuse with live music, food trucks, and entertainment.
“The ride along the historic Erie Canal is tree lined and very scenic. Participants literally ride on the towpath that mules once used to
pull the canal boats. It is not a race, far from it. At last year’s event the youngest rider was 6 and the oldest rider 87,” says Jamie
Kowalczk, part of the Old Erie Canal Community Working Group that puts on the event each year. She continues, “It is an organized
event but you pick what you stop and see whether that’s the working blacksmiths at the Chittenango Landing Museum or stopping into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota or hitting all the ice cream shops along the way. It is a great opportunity for a last
late summer adventure.”
Participants will overnight in the canal-side community of Canastota with music and entertainment scheduled. Erie Canal Brewery will be
doing a special pouring of their craft beers for participants over 21. Overnight riders may choose to either camp at the event’s
designated campsite area (included with registration), or purchase a room from a hotel in the village (extra cost, on own). Tour the
Towpath also offers a 1 day ride option for those looking for a shorter experience.
The cost for Tour the Towpath is $20 if registered by September 1, 2017. After September 1st the cost is $30. Kids are just $15.
Shuttle transportation is available for an additional cost; reserve space on shuttle during registration. Registration includes a detailed
map and guide, t-shirt, luggage transport, bike support, and camping accommodations. Many museums and attractions along the trail
also offer free entry to Tour the Towpath riders. For questions, please contact Jamie Kowalczk at (315) 366-2378.
This event is made possible by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Village of Canastota, and the Old Erie Canal Community
Working Group. Bike support is provided during the event by Syracuse Bicycle. Tour the Towpath is an official preconference event to
the World Canal Conference taking place in Syracuse.
To register or for more information visit www.TourtheTowpath.com
|The City of Oneida Common Council will meet in Council Chamber at
City Hall, 109 North Main Street on Tuesday, September 19th at
630PM. CLICK HERE to access the meeting agenda and resolutions
in PDF format. The public is encouraged to attend.
|September 17-23, 2017 is Sheriff’s Week in New York
State; Madison County Sheriff’s Office to Host Open
MCSO PRESS RELEASE
(Wampsville) Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed the week of September 17-23, 2017 to be Sheriff’s Week in New York
State. Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of sheriff in county government and in the
statewide criminal justice system.
Fifty-five of New York's 58 sheriffs are elected officials, accountable to the citizen voter every 4 years and responsible for the
complex operations of a sheriff’s office, which can include criminal law enforcement, traffic patrol, emergency operations, homeland
security programs, SWAT operations, civil emergency response, jail operations, correctional alternative management, and civil
litigation process. In Madison County, the Sheriff also is responsible for administering the Child Advocacy Center and the County’s
STOP DWI program.
To mark the occasion, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will host an Open House on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 AM
to 1 PM at the new Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Building on North Court Street in Wampsville. Undersheriff John Ball says that in
addition to tours of the new facility, various emergency vehicles including patrol cars, SWAT response truck and armored vehicle,
command trailer, secure inmate transport van, and other units will be on display. Safety Pup will be making an appearance as well,
with Operation SafeChild ID cards being issued. A K9 team will also be at the open house for you to meet and learn about their
role in law enforcement. Displays from the Sheriff’s Community Services Office and STOP DWI are also included.
Madison County’s Emergency Management Department will also participate in the event, and have free smoke detectors to hand
out to anyone needing them. You can also register for NY-ALERT while you are there. More information on NY-ALERT will be
available that day.
Despite changes in its function, status and powers during its long history, the Office of Sheriff has maintained a continuous
existence, preserved its distinguishing heritage, and continues to be an essential component in the criminal justice system, and
today, your Madison County Sheriff’s Office has evolved into a modern, professional, full-service law enforcement agency, manned
by fully trained police officers, using state-of-the-art technology and applying the latest and most advanced theories and practices
in the criminal justice field.
Ball said “the Office of Sheriff is unique in the community, and the duties of the Office go far beyond the traditional role of “Keeper
of the Peace,” extending into many facets of public safety and service; including road patrol and police services, special patrols for
marine, snowmobiles and bicycles, narcotics and explosive detection canine teams, maintaining the county jail, providing security
in our public buildings and justice courts, overseeing the County STOP DWI program, operating the child advocacy center, and
serving and executing civil process for our courts.”
Free hot dogs will be provided by the Madison County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA during the event.
Madison County Child Advocacy Center to
Receive $183K NYS Office of Victim Services
MCSO PRESS RELEASE
(Wampsville – Aug. 9, 2017) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4 million in funding for 26 state-approved child advocacy
centers to enhance services provided to children who are victims of crime; Madison County is among the CACs that will receive
money to purchase and install video recording equipment, as well as to hire specially trained staff to interview young victims of sexual
and physical abuse.
Last year, OVS provided compensation to 4,667 children who were the victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect or the
subject of child pornography, the vast majority of which were for children who were abused sexually.
The two-year grant funding cycle coincides with the federal fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, 2017 and running through Sept. 30, 2019.
Madison County’s CAC is among 21 agencies and organizations that will receive the grant funding.
"This critical funding will help provide a safe haven for children who have suffered from abuse and help them take the first step on
the road to recovery," Cuomo said. "With this funding, child advocacy centers will be better equipped to partner with law enforcement
to bring the abusers to justice while offering effective emotional support services to child victims and their families."
Child Advocacy Centers allow multidisciplinary teams of law enforcement, child protective services professionals, prosecutors,
medical and mental health providers, and victim advocates to partner with center staff and respond to allegations of child abuse. This
collaborative approach helps to reduce trauma experienced by child victims, assists their families, provides necessary support
services and allows for thorough investigations to hold offenders accountable.
"OCFS commends this investment in Child Advocacy Centers, which serve 19,000 children and families annually,” said Office of
Children and Family Services Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. “While we wish there was no need for these centers, we
recognize their heroic efforts and the importance of children receiving services in their community in a child-friendly atmosphere.
“The coordinated approach the centers use in investigating and prosecuting child abusers spares children and their non-offending
family members from having to relive the experience over and over in retelling their stories."
Skilled professionals create an environment that provides children with a safe space to disclose abuse, reduces the number of times
they must tell what happened and helps children with their healing process. All centers also will purchase a variety of equipment to
facilitate those interviews and allow multidisciplinary team members to communicate in real time while cases are being investigated,
including video recording and conference call equipment, laptops, cell phones and smart boards.
"As a former prosecutor, I can speak to the complex and heart-wrenching nature of child abuse cases and how essential it is to have
services readily available to traumatized children and their families,” said Office of Victim Services Director Elizabeth Cronin. “Child
advocacy centers provide these critical services and this additional funding will allow those centers to ensure that interviews are
conducted by specially trained individuals in a manner and setting that is least intrusive to the child victims of physical or sexual
The funding will be used by Madison County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of the Sheriff’s Office, to expand its forensic
interviewing capabilities. The $183,767 award will fund the hiring of a specially trained child forensic interviewer and the purchase of
video-recording and forensic computer equipment that will support the interview process.
Established in 2008, the Madison County Children’s Advocacy Center (MCCAC) provides a comprehensive and collaborative system
response to the County’s most serious cases of child abuse – both physical and sexual. While a program of the Sheriff’s Office, the
MCCAC partners with a myriad of county agencies: Department of Social Services, District Attorney’s Office, Department of Mental
Health, Probation, the NYSP, Oneida PD, Canastota PD, Hamilton PD, Cazenovia PD and Oneida Healthcare Center. “Our program
works very hard to provide a sensitive, child-focused approach to these cases and offer a safe, trusting setting for children. The
goal is to determine the facts of a given situation while minimizing system trauma to these kids. This funding will allow us to fine tune
the child forensic interview services that we already provide. We are extremely grateful to have been chosen to receive this funding”
said MCCAC Program Director, Renee Smith.
Acting Sheriff John Ball noted “the work that is done at our Children’s Advocacy Center by a gifted and dedicated team cannot be
given enough credit or support. Daily, these professionals deal with the worst crimes – physical, sexual and mental abuse to our
children. This funding will enhance and expand our level of service to those child victims and the kid’s support network. It will greatly
enhance our already comprehensive investigations that lead to successful prosecution by our District Attorney.”
The Office of Victim Services worked with the state Office of Children and Family Services - which approves and funds child
advocacy centers - to determine how the funding could best support the centers' important work. OVS provides additional funding to
18 child advocacy centers to provide direct services to children and families; those centers are part of a network of 223 victim
assistance programs across the state that are funded by the agency.
The Office of Victim Services provides a safety net for individuals and their family members who have been victimized through no
fault of their own and have no other means of assistance. The agency can compensate individuals for medical and counseling
expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and support and other assistance.
Administered by the state Office of Victim Services, the grants are funded through the federal Victims of Crime Act and the state's
Criminal Justice Improvement account, both of which are funded through fines, fees and surcharges paid by certain offenders after
conviction in state or federal court. Those fines and fees also fund nearly all of the grants provided by OVS to its network of victim