David Gordon, the former county legislator who announced a bid last week for the Republican nomination, issued a statement after Picente’s announcement Wednesday calling the incumbent a “career politician” who has never held a job in the private sector.
Gordon blamed Picente for the nano fabrication center in Marcy that has not attracted an anchor tenant beyond Danfoss Silicon Power, though the project was primarily promoted through Empire State Development, and said the 2013 agreement with the Oneida Indian Nation is a bad deal and linked Picente through it to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Picente has often cited it as a key to holding down taxes.
The county has budgeted $17 million from Oneida Nation it this year.
“As county executive, I will push for term limits. This includes a 2-term maximum for the position of County Executive. We don’t need career politicians running our county,” Gordon said..
“We need fresh ideas from our people who have chosen to stay and make a life here. We need to keep our young people involved in the process and give them the opportunity to succeed. Anthony Picente has had his time, it’s time for a new direction,” he added.
Picente’s campaign declined to respond to Gordon’s statement. In his announcement Wednesday, Picente did not mention Gordon.