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Preston Delivers State of the County Address

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston gave her State of the County Address late Thursday.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston gave her State of the County Address late Thursday.

Preston highlighted initiatives the county has taken under her administration including looking to build on Broome's newly adopted comprehensive plan, conservative budgeting and partnering with municipalities. She plans to make more efforts this year to combat blight and poor housing conditions and has proposed building a county-wide emergency shelter at the former Army depot in Hillcrest. Preston talked about future investments including building sewer and water line service along Airport Road in Union and Maine and reaching an agreement with the B.C. Transit union.

She also touched on Willow Point, which is the county-run nursing home in Vestal.

"As I've said many times before and I'll continue to say like an old broken record, our goal is not to privatize the nursing home, but we must explore alternatives to the way we are doing business," said Preston. "There's nothing wrong in seeing how we can do business better."

The county will soon be receiving the results of a study on how it can run its nursing home more efficiently. Democratic Minority Leader Dan Reynolds says he was glad that Willow Point was brought up.

"There has been some controversy over willow point nursing home and the county executive came right out and said her goal is not to privatize Willow Point, so we'll keep her to that promise. I think that's important that we continue to run that as a public facility," said Dan Reynolds.
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