One year ago today, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. declared a State of Emergency in Oneida County, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Throughout the past 12 months, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has received overwhelming support from businesses and residents alike. Whether it be Personal Protective Equipment, food, or just well wishes, the countless donations from Oneida County Business and Community Members, has not gone unnoticed. All donations received, were distributed to members in all divisions: Road Patrol, Corrections, Civil, and Courts.

During these hard times, it is apparent that our Community has come together and has created such a positive impact on not only our Office but each other; we are incredibly proud to serve this County.

These are just a few of the Businesses and Organizations that have assisted us in the past year.

Otis Technology, New York State Tool Co., Blue and White Bow Mission, Candella's Farm & Greenhouses You Pick Strawberries 9256 River Rd Marcy, NY, Ford Motor Company, New York State Sheriffs' Institute & Summer Camp, Lowe's Home Improvement, The Josephs Experience, Rome Lions Club, BNY Mellon, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc., Kierpiec Kreations, 315BACKSTHEIRBLUE, Faith in Christ Fellowship Church, Mountainside Medical Equipment, Inc, A&P Master Images, Bridgewater Fire Company and Ambulance, Shake Raffle & Roll, Axon, Stash Away Quilt Shoppe, LLCBrindisi, Murad, Brindisi & Pearlman, Utica Mack Inc., SOLEDIER SOCKS, Center For Family Life and Recovery, Inc., Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, Hot Off the Brick NY Style Pizzeria and Deli, Villa Verona Vineyard Winery & Bistro, Warrior Foundation, and Peterson Properties Team at KW Mohawk Valley.

As we continue to move forward through these unprecedented times, we also continue to reflect. To those who lost loved ones throughout this Pandemic, we are sorry for your loss. To those who may have lost jobs and to those who are struggling, support is out there, please reach out. To all Essential workers, we continue to appreciate your dedication. To all members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, THANK YOU! We are strong and resilient, and we will win this battle with COVID-19.

Although conditions have improved, please remember these most important items:1. Wear a mask2. Wash/Sanitize your hands3. Practice Social Distancing 4. Vaccinate - Once you are able

Robert Maciol - Oneida County Sheriff