Former Broome County Executive Preston scheduled to be arraigned on Monday

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - After being arrested earlier this week, former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary announced on Friday that Town of Conklin Judge Marshall Ayres has recused himself from presiding over the case, and says Binghamton City Court Judge William Pelella has been assigned to the case.

Fazzary was assigned as a special prosecutor in the case, as Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell has a conflict of interest with the case.

Fazzary says Preston is now scheduled to be arraigned in Binghamton City Court at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24th.

Preston was arrested and charged with three counts of official misconduct earlier this week.

The charge is a misdemeanor and carries the maximum penalty of one year in jail.

The charges stem from Preston's alleged misconduct while she was the Town of Conklin Supervisor from 2003 to 2011.

Fazzary accuses Preston of unlawfully obtaining a credit card in her name and in the name of the Town of Conklin, and using the credit card to make purchases for her own personal needs.

Fazzary says Preston also used the credit card after leaving the Town of Conklin to become the County Executive for Broome County, and after specifically being told to no longer use the credit card.

The credit card scandal broke just a month before Election Day, when Preston lost her seat to current Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.


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