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Broome County Government Credit Rating Improves

A major credit rating agency has given Broome County government's financial situation a vote of confidence.

Standard & Poor's has raised the county's long-term credit rating from "A" to "A+."

County Executive Debra Preston said the improved rating will be helpful when the county borrows money in the future.

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Broome Exec Questions Planned Center Closing

Broome County Executive Debra Preston says the process of closing a treatment unit at Broome Developmental Center is leading to the release of dangerous people into the community.

Preston says she's sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo to express her concern about public safety

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Broome Arena Naming Rights Yet To Be Awarded

Three months after the bidding deadline, the naming rights to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena have not been sold.

County officials in October announced a plan to solicit bids to rename the 40-year-old downtown Binghamton facility

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Broome County Launches Natural Gas Website

Broome County government has developed a website billed as a "natural gas resource guide."

According to County Executive Debra Preston's office, the guide provides a comprehensive look at natural gas-related information and services.

In a statement, Preston said the website is meant to "answer people's questions about t

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Downtown Binghamton DMV Office To Open

The Department of Motor Vehicles Binghamton office has been relocated from the First Ward to the downtown bus station.

Broome County Clerk Richard Blythe says the office on Chenango Street will open for business Wednesday morning

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More Changes In Broome County Government

Two new department heads will be going to work for Broome County government next month.

County Executive Debra Preston has named Jamie Kelly director of the Office for Aging and James Tripp as director of the Office of Employment and Training

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Dozens Disqualifed From Broome Welfare Benefits

Broome County officials say several dozen people were removed from benefit programs over the past month.

The county Security Division implemented more than 100 administrative disqualifications during November as investigators looked into suspected welfare fraud

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Broome Executive Criticizes Union “Fear-Mongering”

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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Broome County Reports More Welfare Fraud Arrests

Ten additional arrests have been made as Broome County security officials work to prevent people from receiving public assistance funds to which they are not entitled.

County Executive Debra Preston said the latest round of arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on welfare fraud

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Broome Transit Union Fighting Privatization

The union representing 80 BC Transit employees is mounting a battle against any possible effort to turn Broome County bus operations over to a private firm.

Leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1145 say they're opposed to privatizing the county-run service

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