Broome Works, but part of the logistics of holding a job can be a challenge in Broome County.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

That’s one of the take-aways from Broome County Executive Jason Garnar’s annual State of the County address given at the former Sears store at the Oakdale Mall. 

The Democrat, while touting economic development and job opportunity, acknowledged the recent closing of daycare centers throws up a big barrier to families looking to maintain employment.

The annual address also highlighted the strengthening of the county’s finances with an increase in the reserves, a reduction in property taxes and improvement in Broome’s standing on the state’s fiscal barometer.

Garnar says there were also gains over the past year in improving public safety with the addition of security officers, emergency dispatchers and prosecutors.

The speech was given at formerly vacant retail space at the mall, which, in a matter of weeks is to be occupied by Broome County Workforce Development and some social services offices.