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Thursday, September 13, 2007 

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Picente To Meet with Abstract Companies To Discuss Fees Required to Rent Space

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today said that he will meet soon with local abstract companies to begin the process of resuming rent payments by the companies for space they occupy in the County Office Building .

“As an independently elected public official, the County Clerk has wide latitude to govern the operations of her department, however, offering public space for the use of private, for-profit companies without any type of a fee creates issues that transcend the operational issues of the Clerk’s department,” Picente said. “I have long made my position clear on this issue: Any private interest that rents space in county-owned buildings needs to be charged for renting the space. If the Office of the County Clerk is not in need of the revenue generated from this space, we will use it to offset other costs.”

Picente said that he expects the companies involved to be cooperative. “I plan to  explain my position to the abstract companies and I fully expect that we can arrive at an appropriate resolution. I understand that a business person is not likely to turn down an offer of rent-free space, but when we consider the best interests of the taxpayers, I believe that such an arrangement is not acceptable and cannot continue.”