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Broome Executive Criticizes Union “Fear-Mongering”

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Broome County Executive Debra Preston isn’t pleased with the tone of union commercials raising concerns about the future of BC Transit operations. She says a request for proposals on the future of the bus system has not gone out.

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Preston says she doesn’t know when such a request will be issued.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Wednesday, the county executive said her administration is exploring how bus service might be provided in a “more efficient way.”

Preston said Broome County can’t “continue to increase fares and cut routes.” She said work is continuing on the draft of a request for proposals.

The Amalgamated Transit Union – which represents 80 BC Transit workers – has been running radio commercials criticizing any move toward possible privatization of the bus operation.

The spot starts with ominous-sounding music and a voiceover announcer warning: “The transit privateers are here.”

Preston said the union commercials amount to “fear-mongering.” She said her administration is looking at all options to control the cost of the transit service.

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