Candidates priorities differ if elected county executive

Voters will decide Tuesday whether incumbent Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, or challenger Michael Hennessy, will lead the county for the next four years.

Posted: Nov 5, 2019 6:48 PM

Voters will decide Tuesday whether incumbent Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, or challenger Michael Hennessy, will lead the county for the next four years.

Picente has been the executive of Oneida County for the past 13 years. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines in the 2019 race.

He says if re-elected he will strive to maintain financial strength in the county, push forward with economic development projects like Cree and the downtown Utica hospital, and continue to work on public safety issues like the opioid epidemic.

Hennessy opposes the downtown hospital project, and says it will not move forward if he is elected.

He says he will focus more on job creation with better wages, cutting county spending by 2 to 3 percent, and improving infrastructure in the area.

Hennessy served three terms on the Oneida County Board of Legislators from 2005 to 2011. He is running on the Democratic, Libertarian and Serve America Movement lines in the 2019 county executive race.

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