The minority leader of the Oneida County Board of Legislators has some harsh words for the County Executive and members of his own party.

Frank Tallarino opens a February 24, 2014 letter "regarding the conduct of the Minority Caucus" addressed to the members of that caucus by saying, among other things, "...[T]he County Executive has very little authority and control." He goes on to say that members of the party who work with Republicans should " prepared and able to defend (their) actions..." or risk election funding from the Democratic party in the future.

Picente responded on WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning.  We will update the story to include his response after 10:00am today.

Excerpts, along with the entire text of the letter, appear below.

Letter from Frank Tallarino to Democratic Legislators 02242014 excerpts (above and below)

Of particular interest to the Minority Leader is the Oneida Indian Nation agreement, the validity of which Tallarino has criticized.  An update on the agreement was made yesterday, March 11, 2014 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, and Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter.


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Cuomo, Picente, Halbritter Give Update on Agreement





Those who have spoken with WIBX in response to the letter have done so only off the record.  Some say this is nothing more than political maneuvering.  Others are questioning the statements being put in writing, citing it as evidence of a lack of leadership.  Republican members of the board have a 13-10 majority on the Board of Legislators.

Here is the full two-page letter:

Letter from Frank Tallarino to Democratic Legislators 02242014 page one of two
Letter from Frank Tallarino to Democratic Legislators 02242014 page two of two