Don, members of the council relished the moment, to let their voice be heard. Many called for revitalization of the city, new library funding, and reform to our education system. The student panel joined Assemblymman Anthony Brindisi tonight at Rome Free Academy.
If you happened to see a young lady tagging along with Eyewitness News reporter Julia Rose Thursday, she's not a new hire. In fact, she's still in high school!
Cleanup crews remain on the scene of last night's fire at the Margaret Knamm apartments in Utica. The apartments are located at 33 Scott Street, between Genesee and Oneida Streets downtown.
The former Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce changed its name today as part of a re-branding effort. It's now the "Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, which the board says gives it a more familiar identity.
For the past few days lake effect storms have covered parts of the Mohawk Valley with snow. But just forty minutes north of Utica the Tug Hill region, has gotten more than twice as much of the white stuff. And that's just what the economy there needs.
Area seniors were in the holiday spirit and spreading holiday cheer Thursday. The Parkway Senior Center held its 9th annual Holiday Open House, Basket Bonanza and Craft Fair.
The freezing temperatures are not standing in the way of one woman with a message about animal abuse.
The president of the New York State Sheriff's Association made a special announcement at the Oneida County Board of Legislators meeting Wednesday afternoon. The Civil Division of the Sheriff's Office was awarded accreditation.
The apartment building is home to mostly the elderly. Some them were evacuated on stretchers. We are told there are no critical injuries but at least one person has been taken to the hospital.The extent of those injuries not yet known. Meantime, a shelter has been set-up at the first Presbyterian Church. As we mentioned earlier that is located just several blocks away.
The new nano-tech industries which come here will need special skills - and educators who possess them. Today, Utica teachers and librarians got together to discuss media literacy and digital citizenship at the Hotel Utica today.
One local organization is taking the extra step to help out those in need. With lake effect snow expected tonight, the Rescue Mission of Utica is prepared to help folks stay warm. It has already provided a big help for many with a roof over their head, even warm winter clothing.
Despite the freezing temperatures, a local animal activist is going to extreme lengths to get her message across. The founder of Lainey's Army is tethered to the side of a building in New Hartford and she will remain there for the next 100 hours.
We’re well into the month of December which means it is crunch time for holiday shoppers. An easy way to last minute shop…online. Experts are projecting online holiday sales to reach as high as 82 billion dollars. But not every last minute shopper is turning to their computer screens. Some are content shopping right here in the Mohawk Valley.
If you're planning holiday travel this year - you are certainly not alone. And winter weather can be dangerous for travelers as we just saw in the Bronx.
While most of us are lucky to be sending and receiving gifts some children at the House of the Good Shepherd have never had a Christmas wish granted. But this year many of them will come true thanks to employees Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield in Utica.
The Boys and Girls Club of Utica got a visit from some furry friends Tuesday afternoon. There was lots of snuggles and smiles but these dogs serve a serious purpose. The trained therapy dogs are used in elderly homes and schools to help people in a variety of unwanted or unexpected situations.
The busiest time of the year for FedEx, UPS, and the Postal Service is now underway. You may have faced long lines already but "ho-ho-ho" and sending gifts or greetings also means "job-jobs-jobs" across our area. But even with extra help there are some strict deadlines everyone needs to know about.
A local church is going the extra mile to keep folks warm this winter. Redeemer Church is Utica is donating jackets to those in need. The church is giving the jackets to its international campus students. Pastor of Students Mark Schilling says the goal is to serve the community anyway they can.
Central New York has seen a spike in animal abuse cases. You may recall the emaciated pit bull found on the street or the 12 dogs rescued from a home in Herkimer. Now some animal rights activists are saying no more abuse and some in more extreme ways than others.
The crash in Trenton this morning left one person dead - and shut down a main thorough-fare for much of the afternoon.The head on collision closed-off route 365 from Mappa Avenue to Mapledale Road for more than 5 hours.
Residents of St. Luke's Adult Day Health-Care program are hosting their annual "Ho-Ho Hotline." Children are invited to call Santa and chat with him for free now until next Friday, between the hours of 10 and 2.
The man who robbed a bank in Herkimer on Friday is still on the run. State and Herkimer Police have been following up on leads all weekend but have yet to find the man that security camera's captured robbing the First Source Credit Union.
Ice skates, sticks, hockey pucks and teddy bears, Utica College Hockey fans are now counting down the hours until Saturday night's big game at the AUD. It’s more than a game, it’s an event.
Nelson Mandela was an inspiration everywhere, including right here in Central New York. We’ve heard from older generations who were touched by his legacy, but young people throughout the Mohawk Valley are also reflecting on the great leader's remarkable ability to unite.
A bank robbery at Herkimer's First Source Credit Union today remains under investigation tonight. A bank employee tells Eyewitness News an unarmed man passed a note to a teller demanding money just after one o'clock.
Economic growth is prevalent throughout Oneida County this year, as the unemployment rate has continued to fall. The unemployment rate in the county is just above the national average, and business is booming for many local entrepreneurs.
The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center has a new employee who is making a big difference. His name is Sky; he's a siberian husky with a heart for justice, and chew toys. He's been with the Child Advocacy Center for about 1 month and in that short time, he's already helped with nearly a dozen cases.
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The world continues to mourn and reflect on the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration everywhere, including right here in Central New York.
Winter outdoor enthusiasts have something to smile about. Val Bialis Sports Center in Utica is holding it's first ever Snowmobile Hill Climb this January. The Val Bialis President says snowmobile hill climbs are one of the fastest growing sports in the Northeast, and this event is expected to bring in hundreds of racers and hundreds of spectators to our area.
Police crews are looking into a strange case tonight involving a submerged vehicle in Schuyler. The black SUV was found submerged in the Barge Canal off Dyke Road today. T
There will be a lot more than hockey sticks and skates on the Utica AUD ice rink this weekend. The 9th annual New York Sash Teddy Bear toss is set to take place this Saturday during the Utica College Men's Ice Hockey game.
Nelson Mandela, the man who spent years in prison simply because of race and was recognized around the world as a living symbol of human rights, is dead. South African State Television announced the passing of the human rights activist and former South African President just after 5pm tonight. He was 95 years old.
At 10 am this morning, the Heritage Health Care Center received a bomb threat. But this threat wasn’t real. It was part of a drill to prepare for the real thing - the next big emergency.
Some Utica residents say the street lights on Genesee Street are not timed properly, and they say it can cause some major traffic jams. Eyewitness News visits with the city of Utica. Like everything else these days, officials say it all comes down to budget cuts. The city's Department of Signal Maintenance is responsible for over-seeing traffic signals throughout Utica, but one retired employee says times have changed, and the department isn't what it used to be.
The train that derailed near New York City leaving 4 dead and dozens more injured was driving into a curve at nearly three times the posted speed limit when it crashed on Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board says the train was clocked going over 80 miles per hour when it came to the 30 miles per hour curve. Data shows the engineer slammed on the brakes. But it was too late.
It's the time of year when we're asked to be generous, and give to those in need. But the Red Cross is asking you to provide something money can't buy, a donation of blood.
Nelson Mandela is dead. The man who spent years in prison simply because of race was recognized around the world as a living symbol of human rights. South African State Television announced the passing of the human rights activist and former South African president less than an hour ago. The former president of South Africa was 95 years old.
The State Preparedness Training center in Oriskany is undergoing new construction. Its part of the center's twelve million dollar cityscape project.The center is currently working on adding simulated stores, businesses, schools and more to develop a realistic training area.
Our Lady of Lourdes church is filled with mixed emotions tonight as locals remember and honor their loved ones. Lights of Love honors those who have passed on with a special candlelight ceremony. It is an opportunity for many to grieve about lost loved ones.
The Red Kettle Campaign has kicked off and WUTR is the official media sponsor! Take a look.
If you, or someone you know has served in the armed forces, you may be eligible for property tax benefits. Nearly 6,000 veterans live in Herkimer County and many aren't using tax benefits that are made just for them. That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. "I spent 18 straight months away from this valley, away from my home, we deserve what we get," says Leslie Crossett, Middleville VFW commander. Leslie served over 40 years and he says his veteran benefits are a means of survival.
Hundreds of children are being "adopted" for the holidays, but it may not be what you think. Kids Oneida, a non-profit who works with high-risk youth and their families, is making sure the holidays are special for needy children through their Adopt-A-Family program.
If a child goes missing how long should parents have to report it? That question is on the minds of some in the aftermath of the disappearance and death of baby Levon Wameling. Tuesday, a local lawmaker said he has the answer.
The deadly train accident this weekend in New York claimed four lives. Those we talked with say they feel rail travel is safe.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for many at Best Buy. With so much new technology this year, lots of brand new gadgets have been selling off the shelves.
First came Black Friday then Cyber Monday and today is being called "Giving Tuesday." It's a day where you're encouraged to stop shopping and donate to a non-profit instead.
The iconic gun-maker Remington Arms of Ilion has been awarded a $47-million dollar contract to produce more than 50,000 R4 carbine rifles for the Philippines armed forces, as we reported. The reality of what it all means to the Ilion community is beginning to sink-in today. As you may remember last spring, the NY-SAFE Act brought a lot of concern that Remington Arms would leave Ilion. Now, with this contract, some residents say the gun-maker is here to stay.
Planning for a loved one's elder care and final expenses can be overwhelming. That's why seniors and their families sat down today with an estate planner for a lesson in protecting life-time assets.
Some folks in Ilion have been collecting toys all year to make the holiday season bright for children. Holly Days Christmas For Children Incorporated is a small program designed to give toys to needy children throughout the Mohawk Valley. The group's president says all parents have to do is show proof of how many can receive 2 large gifts, two small gifts, and 2 stocking stuffers for each child. There is no limit per family; parents can get presents for every child in their household.
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