Executive Fiala Delivers Fifth State of the County Address

(Binghamton, NY) Today, Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala delivered her fifth State of the County Address in front of the Broome County Legislature and a crowded Legislative Chamber. In her speech, Executive Fiala addressed current economic conditions and emphasized the need to focus on economic development and the consolidation of government services. She acknowledged the county’s prudent budgetary work and collaboration with the State and Federal governments to help weather current economic conditions.

“Our community and our economy are hurting, but they are not broken,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala in her fifth State of the County Address. “While cutting services is never an attractive option, neither is raising taxes on our hard working families. We are not there yet, but we have to be prepared for whatever this economic downturn throws our way.”
Executive Fiala also announced the work to reorganize local economic development agencies under “one roof”. The structure and further details of such economic development consolidation will be outlined by county officials in the coming months. In her address, Executive Fiala noted that local businesses and community members have been calling for such reorganization to minimize confusion of which services/ incentives are available and produced by each entity. The reorganization will combine economic development efforts more effectively, creating greater competition for new industries and targeting of marketing efforts.  
Beyond the consolidation and reorganization of local economic engines, Executive Fiala emphasized the need for consideration of other government service consolidation during tough financial conditions. She thanked members of the Legislature for their support of a recent application for a Shared Municipal Service Incentive Grant, submitted to New York State to study the amalgamation of local law enforcement agencies into a metro police force. Through initial study, the county identified significant savings that could be generated from the implementation of a metro police force.
“My administration remains committed to consolidation whether it is in the area of economic development, law enforcement, labor relations, tax collection, payroll and the list goes on,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “It is incumbent upon us to take advantage of (those) resources. That is what we have done and will continue to do as we seek out more efficient and effective ways to provide services to our residents.”
A full version of the State of the County Address along with department highlights can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.gobroomecounty.com/countyexec


02/18/2009 - 3:33pm