"One way I plan to make government more effective is to pursue shared services agreements," he said. "We can share services within counties and in departments across local borders. From snowplowing to emergency communications, we can do more."
He spoke of his decision to join the military out of high school, an experience he said "defined my life and career." Serving in the military with overseas tours, including one in Baghdad, taught him how to be a leader, he said. He was elected to the County Legislature in 2000 and became chairman in 2010.
"Great leaders understand personal sacrifice, they also understand compassion; great leaders they also understand how to cooperate," he said.
McCoy said his decision is a family one, and a lot of sacrifices are being made in his bid for this elected position. While there had been weeks of speculation that he would announce his candidacy, he said there was a reason for the delay.
"It was tough," he said. "That's why I waited until now to make the announcement. I waited until after the deadline. I'm a career fireman. I have 10 years in the city of Albany, I'm giving up my pension, I'm making the sacrifice I did for my country. I'm giving up a lot of stable things to take a chance at running."
He said with problems in the county such as a lack of money and double-dipping by politicians, he felt it was the right time to make these sacrifices.
Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan, who attended the announcement, said she has worked a lot with McCoy since she has been supervisor, and she has confidence he will do a good job as executive.
"He's always been very supportive," she said. "We work in a collaborative way. He understands the issues, and we share a lot of common values of what we think is important to do as elected officials."