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Anthony J. Picente, Jr., Class of 1984
Oneida County Executive

Anthony J. Picente, Jr.

Anthony J. Picente, Jr., is the 10th Oneida County Executive.  In January of 2015, he became the longest serving County Executive in the history of Oneida County.

County Executive Picente has provided leadership to Oneida County through difficult times. During his tenure as Oneida County’s Chief Executive he has improved the County’s financial outlook and credit rating. He has created budgets that have resulted in budget surpluses as well as operating surpluses.

He has focused on economic development in the county in areas of high tech, including Nano-technology, Cyber Security and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

He has also brought the community together with exciting initiatives such as Vision 2020, Oneida County Youth Council and others.

In 2013 Anthony Picente was instrumental, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Oneida Indian nation in reaching an historic settlement to long time disputes between the Oneidas, the state and the county. 

In 2014, Picente was elected by his peers to be the President of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). In this role Picente will be the lead advocate for New York Counties as they continue working with the State of New York for mandate relief as well as educating, representing and advocating on Counties behalf.  Picente has also recently been nominated to the New York State Power Authority Board of Trustees.

The Utica native attended Utica Public Schools and graduated from Notre Dame High School. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Utica College. He resides in Rome with his wife, Eleanor.