With his place on the Democratic line secured, Oneida County Executive Candidate, Michael Hennessy, is dropping his lawsuit against the county and its board of elections, which questioned the presence of some in the room when the validity of his petition signatures was being determined. Hennessy says he wants to focus on the campaign, and toward that end, on Tuesday released a five-point plan to improve the county's fiscal health. Among his goals: reduce county spending by 2% over several years, cut sales tax from 8.75% to 8.25% over the next four years and cut property taxes by 8% over the next four years.
"We have got to cut spending in Oneida County. Put a person who's worked in the private sector all his life," says Hennessy.
His opponent, Republican, incumbent Anthony Picente, Jr., says the view from outside the office is much different from the reality of the inside.
"Everybody can stand up and say they want to cut sales tax, everybody can say property tax. At the end of the day, you still have a government to run and you still have people with needs and you still have infrastructure and roads and bridges that need to be fixed," says Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, Jr.
One way Hennessy plans to fund his goals-defund Mohawk Valley EDGE, which he calls a failed endeavor, referring to the still-empty Marcy nano site.
"You can't build up the county executive's office and increase costs there and hire somebody to do the same job EDGE will do," says Hennessy.
Picente said there is more to EDGE than just nanotechnology.
"The successes of other businesses that continue to thrive in the county are a direct result of what EDGE has done, they include places like AIS, like PAR, like Conmed"
The two are expected to meet in a political candidates' forum the end of October.