Oneida county executive Anthony Picente took a trip to the White House this week to discuss local issues with White House staff.
More than 100 elected officials throughout New York State attended a conference at the white house.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says this is the first time in the 12 years, since he's been county executive, that the White House has reached out to local county leaders.
He says some local issues he discussed were the opioid epidemic, education, infrastructure, among many other topics. Picente says having the opportunity to visit the White House allowed him to make important connections at the federal level that could be useful in the future.
He says after connecting with other state county executives, he's looking forward to working with them in the future.
"Party doesn't matter… It's about, working together, and we do that very well, and I’m proud of that. And that's why, I know only four of us went down there for this, and hopefully the next time some more can, and we can go down as a block."
The conference is a part of an effort from the white house to improve the relationship between both the federal and local government.
Picente says he hopes that more conversations like this can happen between local and federal officials in the future.
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