With the tulips in Washington Park as a backdrop, Albany County Legislature Chairman Dan McCoy announced Thursday, May 12, he will run for county executive.
Surrounded by a number of county Democrats and his family, McCoy talked about the importance of unity and the thought process he went through to come to the decision to run.
Let me begin by saying today's announcement is a result of an incredible journey that I have taken through decades of public service, he said.
McCoy said the need for a better and more effective government played into his decision to seek the county executive position. He said the government in Albany County needs to be innovative, and make available opportunities and "unmatched" service.
"When I look at my children, I try to imagine what the Capital Region will look like in the next 20 or 30 years," he said. "Is our government doing all that it can to ensure their economic future? Is our government providing a quality of service that is effective as possible? Is our government open and rising above petty politics?"
McCoy highlighted the presence of high-tech businesses in the area, and said Albany County should be the center of Tech Valley. This would help to bring in more jobs by attracting global companies, he added.
He also placed some of the focus on area municipalities and said local governments should be aware of what is going on in other towns and work together. He said another priority of his is to control the spending in Albany County, pointing to the fact the county reduced its budget by $30 million, dropping from $630 million to $600 million.
McCoy also said he would look to work with those local leaders in providing shared services among the county. He said this could bring in millions in savings.