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New position for part-time community liason filled

By WKTV News

Utica, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida County now has a new Community Liason. District Attorney Scott McNamara appointed Patrick Johnson to the newly created position Monday.

Johnson, a Utica native, has been involved in conducting seminars on racial justice and race relations for various groups, businesses and governmental agencies in the greater community for a number of years.

He worked as creator and director of the New Life Institute, a program that involves individual and group mentoring of adults and youths on the subject of positive life choices.

The new position involves the following responsibilities:
- Conducting racial justice seminars with the participation of government employees and members of various racial and ethnic populations within the community.
- Overseeing weekly meetings that strive to educate youths who are at risk for becoming involved in the justice system about healthy and productive life choices, and
- Weekly meetings with offenders recently released from jail in order to reduce the risk of repeat offending and to help such persons find more positive directions for their lives in the future.

The position is part-time and is fully funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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