The Daily Sentinel takes a look at the key stories from 2021 that shaped our year.
1st – Wilfredo Cotto Jr., 40, of Rome, was charged with the fatal shooting at the Red Carpet Inn in November.
2nd – As the hotter days of summer approach, pool owners may have to pay more for maintenance this year due to a shortage of chlorine tablets. According to national reports, a fire at a chemical plant in Louisiana in August was attributed to the shortage.
3rd –Wilfredo Cotto Jr. has pleaded not guilty in the first half of his virtual arraignment in county court. He was charged with one count of second degree murder and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon.
4th – The Honor America Days in Rome, Woodsmen’s Field Days in Boonville and the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts will all be canceled this summer.
5th – Copper City Community Connection is hosting a rally to help garner support for the reopening of senior centers in New York City. Well into the second year of the pandemic, and local officials say little to no advice has been given by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as to when and how senior centers can reopen.
6th – What started as a packed house for the regular Ava Town Planning Council meeting turned into a rally in the rain that ended soon after the crowd grew unruly – with members of the public intervening and interrupting a presentation on the construction of a proposed campground and retreat.
7th —Sylvan Beach Amusement Park will open for the 2021 summer season.
8th –Rome native Marcus Nelson made history in his new hometown of Needham, Mass., Winning a seat on the city’s board last month. Nelson, 34, is one of the first people of color to serve on Needham’s Select’s board of directors in his 310 years.
9th – State Route Storage in Lee has received planning approval to build an additional 32 units and will begin construction on necessary renovations.
10th – The Rome Board of Education has made plans to replace the roof of the Free Academy of Rome, which officials say literally falls off the building.
11th – AAA predicts that gas prices will rise further this week in response to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies about 45% of all fuel to the East Coast.
12th – Those who pass the city’s waste treatment complex along Highway 49 in the southeast corner of the city, may have noticed an increase in construction there. According to city officials, the project to improve Rome’s anaerobic digester and combined heat and power generation is in full swing.
13th – ALBANY (AP) – Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can get the COVID-19 vaccine in New York City with immediate effect.
14th – Members of the Rome Common Council unanimously approved a resolution to sell part of the former Wright Park Manor and Woodhaven properties to Rome Industrial Development Corporation.
15th – The Air Force has completed its assessment of the site of relative risk from potential groundwater contaminants for the former Griffiss Air Base to support environmental restoration work.
16th – New Hartford resident Eric Bochene has been arrested by the FBI on four counts, accused of participating in the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on January 6.
17th – (AP) – Colgate football coach Dan Hunt leaves to “settle personal issues” following an “unspecified violation of university policy not involving students”.
18th – The lack of qualified staff and a heavy workload brought on by the closures that were necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted Oneida County Clerk, Sandra J. DePerno, to temporarily close her Department of Human Rights office. motor vehicles at 301 W. Dominick St.
19th – Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri announced that “after careful deliberation and communication with public health officials and event planners, and after reviewing recently announced state guidelines regarding fairs and festivals, the city will not be hosting a 4th of July parade or fireworks this year. “
20th —Following a meeting between Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and members of the Toccolana Club board of directors, officials have decided to cancel this year’s World Series of Bocce event.
21 – In a joint announcement Thursday, the mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and the mayor of Utica Robert Palmieri officially reopened their respective town halls as well as the centers for the elderly, from June 1.
22nd – American Senses Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Friday that Griffiss International Airport will receive just over $ 2.1 million in federal funding for the construction and extension of taxiways and to install the lighting of traffic lanes.
23rd – The prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses has increased steadily over the past few years, and this year is gearing up to follow that trend, according to federal health experts.
24 – Rome is set to receive $ 12.07 million in federal COVID recovery money, and Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said on Monday that the city must first determine its revenue losses during the pandemic before further funding can be allocated.
25 – In letter to state health ministry commissioner Howard Zucker, state senator Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome urges health ministry to formulate regulations that would allow essential caregivers in nursing homes.
26 – Landowners in the White Lake area of the southern Adirondacks are concerned about a pink granite quarry project.
27th – Those who appreciate the great outdoors can expect local campgrounds to open for Memorial Day weekend. The beaches will also be operational again.
28 – As the faltering economy struggles to regain its foothold after severe stumbles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, news headlines have been made by employers clamoring for staff.
29 – The driving safari of the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango has opened its doors to the public.
30th – This week marked Deputy Chief Constable Kevin M. Simons’ last shift and also his 32nd birthday with the Rome Police Department.
31 – The New York Power Authority announced Friday the expanded reopening of its John S. Dyson New York energy zone from May 31.