Clinton, Oneida County, New York

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Clinton is a village in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 1,952 at the 2000 census. It was named for George Clinton, a royal governor of the colony of New York.

The Village of Clinton, site of Hamilton College, is within the Town of Kirkland. The village was known as the "village of schools" due to the large number of private schools operating in the village during the 19th century.



The Clinton High School, Middle School, and Elementary School are located towards the center of the village, as are the business offices for the district.

The village centers around a beautiful park where many community events take place. The Kirkland Art Center hosts many activities throughout the year including the KAC Road Race. Also, a local favorite, the Clinton Cider Mill located on Elm Street produces cider on site each Fall.

The Clinton Arena was home to the Clinton Comets of the Eastern Hockey League, which ended play at the arena in 1973. Portions of the movie "Slap Shot" were filmed at the famed Clinton Arena. Its hockey program is widely regarded as one of the best in New York State, despite the small size of the school. The team won back to back State Championships in 1995-6, and again in 2005-6. In 2005 and 2006, Clinton's Cross Country team won back to back scholar athlete state championships.

Clinton's boy's soccer program won their first Section III title in 2006. It is also noted that they are among the top contenders for the Tri-Valley League Championship every year. Clinton Track and Field is also well known in the area.

There is an annual Clinton Arts and Music Festival, created by Nick Katona (Melodic Revolution Records) in 2006. Classic local Clinton bands like The Jellyfish, and Eggnogg have regularly played this festival.


The first settlement occurred around 1787. The community became part of the Town of Kirkland in 1827, and the village was incorporated in 1843.

Past residents of note

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