The Daily Sentinel takes a look at the key stories from 2021 that shaped our year.
1st – In the final round of court records for the 22nd Congressional District electoral contest between Republican challenger Claudia Tenney and Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, motions to recount more than 300,000 votes cast in the district that crosses all or part of eight counties.
2nd – (AP) – The New York Attorney General has joined calls for the state to relax partial immunity from prosecution and criminal prosecution it granted to nursing homes during the height of the pandemic of COVID-19 last spring.
3rd – Rome Police Department is considering several reforms regarding body worn cameras, internal accountability, mental health appeals and community interaction as part of the governor’s request to seek more collaboration with the community .
4th – The land which is part of the property of a new Dollar General store under construction on Turin Road, but which is not needed for the project, will be donated to the nearby Evergreen Cemetery association to be transformed into pet cemetery and pet memorial park.
5th – Despite comments from local residents stating that the city already has “too many car washes” and that two additional sites proposed by Hoffman Development Corp. Albany would compete with similar existing neighboring businesses, the Rome Zoning Council unanimously approved a special use permit for 1727, boul. Black river
6th –Republican challenger Claudia Tenney is now on track to be fully certified as the 22nd Congressional District race winner against Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi.
7th – Increasing their community engagement events, deepening their race-based education, and creating an annual policy review committee are some of the reforms suggested for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office . The county is asking for public comment and feedback on the plan.
8th – The Rome Art & Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., has appointed Jason Tockey as the new Executive Director.
9th – Price Chopper / Market 32 and Tops Markets have reached a definitive merger agreement that creates an alliance between the two grocery chains, almost doubling their collective footprint in the North East.
10th – (AP) – Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial opened on Tuesday with video showing the former president whipping up a rally crowd to march to Capitol Hill and “fight like hell” against his defeat in re-election, followed by footage of the deadly attack on Congress that came shortly thereafter.
11th – A letter from 50 parents and grandparents of students in the Rome School District was sent to Superintendent Peter C. Blake, saying they were “shocked and appalled” by his recent remarks that he believed the schedules were Hybrid learning will continue over the next school year.
12th – Statewide, numbers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to drop. Information from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Thursday said the statewide positivity rate was 3.54%, which was the lowest rate since Nov. 25.
13th – (AP) – Gov. Senior aide Andrew Cuomo told Democratic lawmakers it took months for his administration to release data on the number of coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents because officials “froze” for fear that the information “would be used against us”.
14th – Three aviators from the Rome laboratory (Captain William Dallmann, 1st Lt. Rufino Villena and 1st Lt. William Skinkle) are now part of the new United States Space Force (USSF) and are the first USSF guardians of the laboratory.
15th – WAMPSVILLE – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office plans to focus on mental health for its state-ordered reform.
16th – Now acquitted in his second Senate impeachment trial, Donald Trump is preparing for the next phase of his post-presidential life.
17th – About a week ago, at the end of a legal row to determine the winner of the 22nd congressional race, Oneida County executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. called for the removal of two County Electoral Council commissioners following a court decision counting the ballots in the race.
18th – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has joined Automation / Robotics on the list of projects for DFAS functions under review by the DFAS union for results, including potential impacts on employment.
19th – In light of revelations of a potential federal inquiry into the management of nursing homes by Governor Andrew Cuomo during the coronavirus pandemic, among other recent accusations, State Senator Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, continues to call for an investigation and legislative hearings to examine this issue and other COVID-19-related decisions made by the administration.
20th – Noting the high levels of public support for the relocations, the state’s Department of Education submitted two requests for federal exemptions from state assessment and accountability requirements.
21 –Representative Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, has been appointed by the House Republican Conference to the House of Representatives Small Business Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.
22nd – Just a year ago, most Americans had no idea what to expect. The coronavirus still looked like a foreign problem, even though U.S. officials were recording the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America reached a horrific milestone – 500,000 deaths from COVID-19.
23rd – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week that indoor family entertainment centers, such as arcades, laser tag facilities and trampoline parks, will be allowed to reopen statewide from March 26 to 25% of their capacity.
24 – VERONA – Following a fatal car crash over the weekend, officials confirmed on February 23 that they were reviewing traffic problems at the intersection of Route 365 and Blackmans Corners Road. A 95-year-old man died following a collision between two vehicles on Route 365 on February 20.
25 – National and local authorities have hinted at a bit of a return to normal as COVID-19 vaccine deployments continue and the post-holiday outbreak continues to decline.
26 – Christopher Russitano, 32, of Rome, has been charged after driving his SUV into the grounds of Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, according to law enforcement officials. MPs said Russitano’s vehicle struck several fences, poles and other objects inside the zoo; However, no visitors or employees were injured.
27th – Rome Health announced that AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, RN, Ed. D., NEA-BC, has been selected as President and CEO of Rome Health, effective March 1.
28 – ALBANY – Construction has begun on an $ 854 million project to modernize power transmission along a 93 mile 345 kilovolt line in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region.