When everyone is running away.. they're the ones running toward the fires, floods, and shootings. Red Cross is implementing a new program to increase volunteerism in Central New York. They've an for...
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Turning Stone Resort &
Casino is getting ready to open its multi-million dollar entertainment
facility, Exit 33.
Officials say everything
is going as planned, but they are looking to hire more people. The Oneida
Nation is looking to fill over 100 part-time full-time positions ranging from
club managers to cooks.
"You just have to be
fun and outgoing. We don't really look for a lot of experience. We just want
people that have a fun attitude and are willing to learn," said Jerry Marrello,
Sr. Entertainment Operations Manager.
If you are interested, a
job fair will be going on until 8 p.m. Monday night in the Oneida Room at
The ink has barely dried on the agreement between New York and the
Oneida Indian Nation, but people are showing strong reaction already.
The agreement says it will give Oneida Nation exclusive gaming rights in
exchange for revenue sharing with county and state governments. Is it
jackpot or bust? Community members and lawmakers have mixed opinion.
Judy Bachmann is the chairman of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, and she has big concerns about the agreement.
says they lost! The court says the counties are entitled to their
money!" says Judy Bachman, chairman of the Citizens Equal Rights
Bachmann is referring to the Oneida Nation Supreme
Court case in 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the tribe
with regard to land claim issues dating back to 1974. She says she
doesn't know why the governor is getting involved now.
is not whether or not the Oneidas are going to get land. The issue is
whether there is federal oversight in the area," says Bachmann.
Bachmann says her biggest concerns in the agreement are the land claim issues because she says there aren't any.
think the reason they're using a land claim situation is because of a
federal law, Indian gaming regulatory act, that allows a Governor to
negotiate a compact to settle a land claim," says Bachmann.
land claim was settled. Its the phrasing of it. There are land issues,
there are land and trust issues, there are foreclosure issues on the
property," says Anthony Picente, (R) Oneida County Executive.
The County Executive says it's an agreement on revenue and land, and that no party is getting exactly what it wants.
have it both ways. Can't get money, can't get a settlement, can't move
on and still sue the Oneidas and still challenge those issues? That's
what a settlement is, like any other negotiation," says County Executive
But Bachmann questions the timing of the agreement. In
February, the Supreme Court postponed a decision to hear a case
regarding the Nation until it heard the Solicitor General's view on the
issue, and that view could be made public soon.
"I don't think it
should be pulled before the Solicitors' opinion comes in. I don't think
it should be pulled at all. If we go to court and we have our fair time
to argue this this and we lose, we lose. And if we go to court and we
have our fair time to argue this this and we win, we win," says
"I cant keep living in the past and if we lose, we lose
and the train has left the station on this deal and then we get
nothing. And would they rather have nothing? 100% of zero is still
zero." says County Executive Picente. Portions
the settlement will require New York State Legislative approval,
approvals by Madison County and Oneida County, Department of Interior,
the New York State Attorney General, as well as judicial approval. The
agreement is not effective until these approvals
The village of Whitesboro is about to celebrate its 200th Birthday. That's why some community members are holding a Bicentennial Parade and ceremony kicking off the celebrations on Sunday, June 9th.
"The reason we're asking the community is because it is their village, they'll be celebrating their 200th birthday as well. We wanted to really celebrate it with a huge parade and week-long celebration," says Dave Glenn, Whitesboro trustee and Bicentennial Committee member.
The Bicentennial Committee is seeking groups or
organizations interested in marching in the Bicentennial Parade on Sunday, June
9th. The parade starts at 1:30 PM and proceeds along Main Street from Watkins Street to the Village Green.
Interested groups can contact the committee by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Village Office at 315-736-1613.
The parade is sponsored by the Village of Whitesboro Bicentennial Committee and the Whitesboro Historical Society.
The grand marshal is Margaret Stephenson, longtime resident and former Village of Whitesboro Trustee.
Following the parade, there will be a ceremony and the dedication and unveiling of a new monument in the Village Green.