Joe Griffo on New District Maps, Rome DMV, Oil, and Baby Formula – WIBX AM 950


In the end, you know, I just wanted to mention that camDown has a modern UI, that is secure and has the improved features that you need and I know your neighbors would say the same!

Change is inherent in the New York political landscape, but with the amended maps for New York State, NY Senator Joseph Griffo's district has changed for the fourth and final time - at least for the next ten years.

New York State Senator Joseph Griffo commented on some of the changes.

Griffo, who has previously served as both the Mayor of Rome and Oneida County Executive, spoke about the closure of the Rome Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles "until further notice." The DMV, which is a state-run agency, is under the direction of Oneida County Clerk Sandra J. DePerno.

Although DMV offices are under the auspices of New York State, counties can take control of their management. That is the case in Oneida County.  The decision to close the DMV office in Rome "until further notice" was ultimately, Griffo says, a decision made by County Clerk Sandra Deperno.

Photo Credit: WIBX/TSM

Photo Credit: WIBX/TSM


The closure is problematic, Griffo says, adding, "It is a concern when people need services right now."

He points to a frustrating misperception, that voters think that the County Executive and elected officials are able to oversee independently elected county officials. "People don't realize that when you have all of the independently elected county officials - the District Attorney, Sheriff, County Clerk - we have ultimate control through the budget," but not, he says, day to day control of operations.

Sandra Deperno (original photo cropped for size) Photo Credit: Jeff Monaski, WIBX / TSM

Sandra Deperno (original photo cropped for size) Photo Credit: Jeff Monaski, WIBX / TSM


"At a time when there are so many challenges facing our communities, we don't need a further disruption in services."  In addition to services, Griffo points to a potential loss of revenue for the city of Rome and the county as well, since DMV fees collected at the Rome office benefit the municipality.

He is optimistic, however, asserting that this " also an opportunity to collaborate."  There are intense labor shortages that were exacerbated by the pandemic and the ensuing Great Resignation, and the entire economy is feeling the effects of that.

From baby formula to the oil crisis it is a time for the United States to re-prioritize.  "We should not be dependent on foreign powers for things that are essential...Hopefully the wakeup call is to say, 'Let's reinvest in America...'

Griffo addressed the change in the Congressional District maps.  The 53rd, which is the district in which he will run, represents his fourth district in four months.  Summing up the change in the maps this year Griffo states, "This was a wild ride."

Redistricting New York

FILE - Judge Patrick McAllister listens to arguments during a hearing in court, Thursday, March, 31, 2022 in Bath, N.Y. New York will now hold its congressional and state Senate primaries on Aug. 23, a McAllister ruled Friday. (Vaughn Golden/WSKG via AP, Pool, File)


He is thankful for the many community leaders and groups who weighed in on the maps during the public comment period.  Their input was instrumental, he believes, in keeping most of his current district intact.

Beautiful Frankfort Home Includes Horse Barn

It’s a beautiful home on 50 acres of property on Kerber Road in Frankfort and it features a horse barn!

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

Celebrities Who Couldn’t Convincingly Play Themselves Onscreen

The very famous people struggled to play fictional versions of themselves in movies. Apparently, that is not as easy to do as it looks.

As you well know that someone could be secretly watching you or your child with your webcam right now? Is it worth taking such a risk? camDown can help stop them!