Broome County’s chief law enforcement officer was out meeting with and feeding the public Thursday evening.
District Attorney Steve Cornwell hosted a free community cookout at George W Johnson Park in Endicott.
People got the chance to eat hot dogs and hamburgers while getting to know Cornwell and other prosecutors.
Cornwell says the program is designed for residents to meet staff from the District Attorney’s office, learn about its programs, meet their neighbors and enjoy free food.
He says that it’s important for public officials to talk with people and understand what is important to them.
“It’s great to meet the people that you serve and for the people that you serve to meet you. The other prosecutors and local police officers will be here as well. So we can start building that relationship and let them know a little bit about what we do and see the human side of each other,” said Cornwell.
Cornwell says he has been doing these community cookouts for three years now.
He says there are normally a few hundred people that come to each one.
Cornwell will be hosting two more cookouts later on this summer.