UTICA, N.Y. - Former Oneida County Legislator Dave Gordon wants to become the next Oneida County executive, and Monday morning he announced during a press conference that he believes current Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente should be removed from office now.
Gordon alleges Picente abused his power relating to a personal relationship.
Gordon is also saying the same thing about current Oneida County Legislature Chairperson Gerald Fiorini, saying that Fiorini abused his power relating to a personal relationship, and Gordon says both should be removed from office.
NewsChannel 2 is choosing not to share the details of the alleged relationships that Gordon revealed at his press conference because they are accusations that we have not been able to confirm.
Gordon does say he has proof of the relationships and how the two officials abused their power, but would not reveal what that proof is.
WKTV reached out for a comment from both Anthony Picente and Gerald Fiorini.
Picente released the following statement Monday afternoon, "Today, Mr. Gordon made unfounded and slanderous allegations that I will not dignify with a response."
Fiorini released this statement, “Dave Gordon made allegations against several Oneida County officials on Monday. I will not dignify his unsubstantiated comments with a response.”
Gordon is also calling for Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara to be removed from office.
Gordon says McNamara abused his power by talking to a reporter from WIBX radio this past Friday about a police report filed by Utica police officers in 2017, involving an alleged domestic incident between Gordon and his fiancée. That case was never prosecuted.
"I'm also calling for the resignation of Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara for his discussion of this sealed and dismissed case which was arbitrary and capricious on his behalf. He has abused his position of power in trying to defame, slander, and libel my character, which goes against the fundamentals of the office which he holds,” Gordon said.
McNamara released the following statement to News Channel 2, in response to Gordon’s allegations:
"I did NOT release any sealed reports or documents to the media on the case my office prosecuted regarding a domestic violence case in which Gordon was the defendant. As for any discussions I have with the media, the public that elects me and who I represent, and most importantly the victims and witnesses in our cases; I have the right and authority as a publicly elected official to defend my office and explain our actions as to why we would not fully prosecute a domestic violence case. That is what I did in this case. I find it interesting that Gordon is running to be a county executive and one of the first things he does in his campaign is to make false and misleading claims against the District Attorney. In my humble opinion this speaks volumes on his competency and stability to hold such an important office in our county."
Gordon says he will be presenting his cases against all three officials to the New York State Attorney General's Office, as well as federal investigators to look into the allegations that he has made.