Former state senator, Oneida County executive charged with DWI

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ROME — Raymond Meier, who formerly served as a state senator and Oneida County executive, is facing drunk driving charges after he was arrested Saturday in Rome, according to the Rome Police Department.

Police said Meier was charged at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday with common law DWI and aggravated DWI, which indicates a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher, after almost hitting several vehicles. Additional details were not immediately available.

Meier served as a state Senator of New York’s 47th district from 1997 to 2007. Before that, he served as the county executive from 1991 to 1996. During his tenure as a state senator, Meier ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 against Michael Arcuri.

At the moment, Meier is a longtime supporter and volunteer with current Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr.’s reelection campaign, serving as an “honorary chairman,” according to Picente’s office.

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