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Two Oneida County executive hopefuls debate, Picente not in attendance

Democrat candidate Michael Hennessy and Republican candidate Dave Gordon fielded questions during the Talk of the Town radio show on WUTQ.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 12:30 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Two candidates running for Oneida County executive faced off in a debate early Thursday morning.

Democrat candidate Michael Hennessy and Republican candidate Dave Gordon fielded questions during the Talk of the Town radio show on WUTQ.

Hennessy hopes to drop the sales tax, property tax, and invest in infrastructure as well as change the administration staffing by adding a youthful staff.

Gordon spoke about cutting Social Services, cutting government investments in private businesses, as well as cutting taxes and fixing the DMV.

Not present at this debate was Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. He says Dave Gordon has crossed the ethical line and has no interest in discussing anything with him.

“All this would have been brought up today if he had been here, but he didn't show up. I felt very strongly, even though to do this was probably not advantageous to me, but I felt the public deserved it,” Hennessy said.

“They're the ones that are going to have to weigh what this administration has done, and what they continue to do, and what we're proposing to do, and I think there's a drastic difference between the two,” said Gordon.

The primary for Oneida County executive is this coming Tuesday, June 25.

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