The Observer-Dispatch is the largest newspaper serving the Utica-Rome metropolitan area in Central New York, circulating in Oneida County, Herkimer County, and parts of Madison County. Based in Utica, New York, the publication is owned by GateHouse Media.

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherTerry Cascioli
EditorRon Johns
Founded1817, as Utica Observer
Headquarters221 Oriskany Plaza, Utica, New York, United States
Circulation28,063 Daily
35,845 Sunday
(March 2013)[1]
Sister newspapersThe Telegram
The Times


Lewis Hine, Pasquale Lolara, Ercola Guallilo, Jerry Paciello, Frank Graciana, newsboys, Utica, New York, 1910
Newsboys for one of the precursors of The Observer-Dispatch in 1910, photographed by Lewis Hine

Eliasaph Dorchester founded the weekly Utica Observer in 1817.[2] The Observer became a daily newspaper in 1848 and, after several mergers with other newspapers, became the Observer-Dispatch in 1922. That was also the year the paper was purchased by Frank E. Gannett, who founded the Gannett Company. Gannett owned the newspaper until 2007, when it was purchased by GateHouse Media.[2]

For a time, two daily papers were published – the Daily Press in the morning and the Observer-Dispatch in the afternoon, and those newspapers were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1959 for an investigation into local corruption. The two newspapers merged into a single, seven-day morning publication, the Observer-Dispatch, in 1987.[2]

The company added digital delivery of news and information in January 2000 with the launch of It began online video publication in 2006.

In 2004, the Observer-Dispatch purchased the Mid York Weekly newspaper, serving Hamilton, New York, and seven weekly Pennysaver publications, which are mailed throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties. In Herkimer County, the Observer-Dispatch competes with its sister newspapers, The Telegram of Herkimer, and The Times of Little Falls.


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Contact Us". Retrieved May 23, 2012.

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Anthony Brindisi

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Before entering Congress he was a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the Utica-based 119th Assembly District. Prior to his election to the Assembly in 2011, Brindisi served on the Utica School Board and practiced as an attorney.

Central New York

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Born in Mastic near Moriches, Long Island, New York, Floyd attended the common schools, and was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1824. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825, and commenced practice in Utica, New York. He served as clerk and prosecuting attorney of Utica, New York from 1829 to 1833. He founded the Utica Democrat (later the Observer-Dispatch) in 1836. He was appointed judge of Suffolk County.

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Prior to his election to the Senate, Griffo served as Oneida County Executive, as well as the Mayor of Rome, New York. Griffo is a Republican.

Marc W. Butler

Marc W. Butler (born January 21, 1952) is a former Republican member of the New York State Assembly for the 118th Assembly District, which includes Herkimer County, Fulton County and the northeastern portion of Otsego County.Butler received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from State University of New York at Potsdam. He worked as a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch from 1976 to 1986, and was a corporate communications specialist for Utica National Insurance Group from 1986 to 1995. Butler was a Newport Village Trustee and also served as Deputy Mayor of the village. He then served two terms in the Herkimer County Legislature, where he was elected Majority Leader in 1993.He was first elected to represent 113th Assembly District in 1995. Due to redistricting, he was elected to the new 117th Assembly District in 2002. Butler won the November 2008 general election with 71 percent of the vote and ran uncontested in the November 2010 general election. He did not seek reelection in 2018.

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In addition to the village of Herkimer, The Telegram covers several communities in Herkimer County, including the villages of Frankfort, Ilion and Mohawk.

The Times, a daily newspaper serving the city of Little Falls in Herkimer County, is also published at The Telegram's Herkimer offices. The two papers also share a publisher and an editor. The two papers merged on August 3, 2015. The new paper is the Times Telegram.

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