Executive Fiala and Mayor Ryan Host Governor Spitzer's 1st Visit

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala and Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan met with Governor Elliot Spitzer Thursday afternoon as part of his first stop in the Greater Binghamton area since Spitzer took over the New York Governor's Office.

The Governor was traveling the state visiting with local families and local elected leaders discussing the major points of his budget proposal. Spitzer touted his aggressive property tax relief plan saying property taxes were the number one thing people begged him to change during the campaign. Spitzer says he heard the message from New Yorkers loud and clear and he hopes lawmakers also heard the voter outcry.

"Governor Spitzer, through his budget proposal has shown his commitment to the people of New York and through his visit to the Greater Binghamton area he is demonstrating his commitment to the people of Broome County," said Executive Fiala. "He gets it, he knows how to communicate it and he so staunchly believes in what he is doing I feel confident he is going to be able to make some real change in Albany.

Executive Fiala used her time with the Governor to push for additional flood relief for the people in Broome County who suffered through the June and November floods. She also talked to the Governor about his economic development plan for upstate New York and his budget proposal for healthcare.

The County Executive presented Governor Spitzer with a historical book "Partners All, a History of Broome County" by Broome County historian Gerald Smith. Fiala also gave Spitzer a copy of photographer Ed Aswad's book "Aerial Photos of the Flood of 2006."

In return, the Governor presented the County Executive and Binghamton Mayor with little cards which he says contains important points about this spending proposal.