Politicians in Oneida County, particularly among the Republicans, are a bunch of puppets. We had heard that Mr. Picente would be the County Executive pick a month before prospective candidates were screened. This past week, Mello Testa, who had been quite obvious that he wanted to be Utica's next mayor, announced that he will be running for Common Council President instead -- because "his good friend Anthony Picente asked him to reconsider."
Now we have the New Hartford Republican Chairman telling a prospective councilman candidate that he could screen for the position if he wanted to, but that the candidate had already been picked. More of the same old same old -- but more blatant and out in the open than ever. Listen to the voicemail message on New Hartford Online Blog.
So far the local Democrats haven't proven to be any different, at times seemingly working hand-in-glove with the local Republicans (e.g., no one ran against Ralph Eannace for City Court Judge). Our "leaders" work for the well connected few -- and the result is that jobs and a quarter of our population have departed.
Only the voters can put an end to this nonsense. Cut the strings by saying "no" to these people at every opportunity.