* Taylor fundraiser turns into meal giveaway
* Myers supports youth program
* Mello Testa endorsement
* Police agencies support McNamara
Taylor fundraiser turns into meal giveaway
Oneida County Legislator candidate Steven Taylor and his campaign volunteers recently decided to turn what was planned as a campaign fundraiser into a free giveaway of meals, he said.
Taylor and his campaign volunteers delivered between 25 and 50 meals to needy people after receiving calls for assistance.
Volunteers also served walk-ins at the Polish Community Club on Columbia Street.
Taylor took notes to determine what kinds of additional services could benefit the needy, including the sick and elderly.
If elected, Taylor said he will continue that kind of outreach.
Myers supports youth program
UTICA — Tony Myers, a Republican candidate for the Second Ward seat on the Common Council, lauded the city’s new program that allows youthful offenders to participate in community service rather than spending time in jail.
The program will let some juveniles perform light maintenance work, rake leaves, shovel snow and assist in setting up for public events, Myers said. It is a positive approach to help parents correct the negative behavior of their children, he said.
Myers faces incumbent Common Council member James Zecca, D-2, on election day.
Mello Testa endorsement
UTICA — Mello Testa, the Republican candidate for Common Council president, received the following endorsements: Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce; CSEA AFSCME Local 1000, AFL-CIO; and Central and Northern New York Building and Construction Trades Council.
Police agencies support McNamara
WHITESBORO – Representatives from several law enforcement agencies across Oneida County gathered in Whitesboro Tuesday morning to support Scott McNamara’s candidacy for county district attorney.
Police unions for nearly 15 police agencies have all endorsed McNamara as the Democratic candidate because of “his ability to work with a variety of multi-faceted police organizations, all of which look toward Scott for his expertise and guidance,” said Mark Dembrow, Troop D delegate for the New York State Police Investigators Association.
“These endorsements aren’t just simply given out – they are earned,” Dembrow said. “He has shown the uncanny ability to lead and mentor an extremely competent staff in their efforts to prosecute societal predators.”
McNamara thanked the agencies for their support and said, “We respect one another, and we trust one another. Together we are an experienced team.”
McNamara’s Republican opponent, attorney David Longeretta, said he is not surprised by the police unions’ support of McNamara, who was appointed district attorney by state Gov. Eliot Spitzer earlier this year.
“Come November, I’ll be seeking the endorsement of all the residents of Oneida County, which includes all the police officers of the county, and I’ll be looking forward to working very, very closely with all of our law enforcement officials,” Longeretta said.