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Broome Exec: Sales Tax Revenue Shortfall “Alarming”

Broome County officials are scrambling to deal with a major shortfall in sales tax revenue.

County budget director Marie Kalka says an austerity plan has been implemented to address the problem

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Datta Leaving Post Of Broome Deputy County Executive

One of Broome County's two deputy county executives is about to leaving the post.

Bijoy Datta plans to depart from county government to become deputy campaign manager for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor

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Roger Neel/WNBF News [April 24, 2014]
Roger Neel/WNBF News [April 24, 2014]

Broome County Exec Undergoes Cancer Surgery

A statement released by Broome County officials indicates County Executive Debra Preston's cancer surgery in New York City "went very well."

Preston last month announced she had been diagnosed with lung cancer

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Roger Neel/WNBF News [April 24, 2014]
Roger Neel/WNBF News [April 24, 2014]

Broome County Executive Debra Preston Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Broome County Executive Debra Preston has announced that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.  Preston said following two months of tests the final diagnosis came on Tuesday.  She said Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City will determine and schedule treatment procedures

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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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