Picente Calls for Action in State of the County Address
In his 2010 State of the County Address, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today called for changes and action to change how local governments work and address long-standing issues.
“The very simple, obvious conclusion is that we cannot continue to operate government in the 21st Century the way it was done even 10 or 20 years ago. It’s not working. There is too little efficiency and too much waste,” Picente said. “Consolidation is being studied but not adopted because the ideas are never quite perfect enough; bold infrastructure and community development ideas are stalled in details which are driven by the fear that what’s good for everyone may not be better than what is good for a few; and partnerships with the Oneida Indian Nation are never quite acceptable no matter what the terms because greed, bias and posturing get in the way.”
- Action to put into practice ideas that can consolidate services and lower costs.
- Action to throw away old grudges and differences and focus on solutions, not politics.
- Action to commit to partnerships that will weather successes and failures with a vision committed to moving forward.”
- Consolidation of 911 to allow the City of Utica the option of putting 12 police officers on the street and a quarter of a million dollars in savings to the fire department. It will also cut New Hartford’s annual spending by almost three quarter of a million dollars.
- End the duplication of services in public works services across Oneida County.
- Reduce the overall taxpayer cost of public safety in the town of Whitestown
- End the alienation of our largest employer and begin collecting revenue instead of piling up legal documents.
- Aggressively develop assets through one coordinated regional plan that will jump-start our economy when the global economic picture changes – including our airport, business parks, downtowns and colleges.