Gene Cota, in center carrying white sign, leads striking Verizon workers who began picketing this morning at the Verizon garage at 5-7 May Rd. in Potsdam. Pickets were also planned in Ogdensburg and about 100 other locations throughout New York and New Jersey this morning. Approximately 45,000 Verizon employees went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. NorthCountryNow photo by Debbie Morgan. View story for more details.