I would like to respond to David Gordon’s press conference at the Town of Verona office complex yesterday, June 5, 2019. I believe Mr. Gordon’s understanding of government finance is minimal. The gaming funds he is proposing for the Town of Verona, although enticing, is just a political platitude and not based in reality of the situation. The Town of Verona is supportive of the present agreement with Oneida County and County Executive Tony Picente. We are moving forward as partners. The Town of Verona and the Oneida Indian Nation have never had a better relationship, and are working together on economic development projects, infrastructure, and tourism efforts.
The fact of the matter is that since being county executive, Tony Picente’s discretionary budget has actually decreased. The county debt limit is at 20%. All three credit rating agencies have said repeatedly that the county manages debt well. Its finances are strong which is why they have upgraded the credit ratings four separate times. Oneida County hasn’t raised the property tax levy in six straight years. Oneida County and the Picente administration have invested over $60 million in roads and bridges.
I know these facts because our Town Board and I continue to work closely with the Picente administration and with our local county legislators. Working as partners is the only way to overcome the many challenges we face and give the help that is needed to our constituents.
We need to continue these efforts, so please vote for Tony Picente on June 25.
Thank you for your consideration.
— Scott M. Musacchio,
Verona town supervisor