Picente Named 1st Vice President of NYS Association of Counties

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. has been named First Vice President of the New York State Association of Counties. The announcement came at NYSAC’s annual meeting which took place in Syracuse.

As First Vice President, County Executive Picente is part of the executive committee which sets the direction the association takes in its advocacy efforts; specifically issues that Counties are effected by and how best to educate federal and state officials. In his role on the executive committee, the County Executive works with NYSAC officials on issues such as state and local fiscal concerns, mandate relief proposals and programs designed to reduce the costs of governing at the County level. He was also part of discussions in developing a new Medicaid fraud initiative.

“NYSAC is a strong advocate on issues affecting County government,” Picente said. “As County Executive, I have always fought to keep the cost of government low while providing quality services. In my role on the NYSAC executive committee, I have input as to what could inhibit this goal, issues such as mandate relief, rising pension costs, Medicaid reform. Because these issues are so important to county property taxpayers, my work with NYSAC is an extension of my efforts to restrain property taxes in Oneida County.”

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario said, “County executive Picente’s leadership - in Oneida County and for counties across the state - has been critical in raising awareness about the issues that affect counties and property taxpayers. We look forward to continuing to work with him as he moves up to First Vice President of our Board of Directors.”

The New York State Association of Counties is an affiliate of the Association of Counties, a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 Counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.