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Legislator Garnar Urges County Exec. to Veto Proposed Law

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Broome County Legislator Jason Garnar is calling on the County Executive to veto a law that will allow public officials to vote on their own pay raises when approving future union contracts.

The law would allow for non-union officials, such as the county executive, sheriff and legislators, to see the same pay raises that CSEA union workers would see in a given union contract. Garnar says that by voting to approve a union contract, legislators would in essence be voting to approve their own raises.

A hearing is scheduled for this Friday at 2:00 p.m. where the public will express their concerns about the potential raises. Garnar says the timing of the hearing is inconvenient, and most of the working public will not be able to attend.

Garnar also cites there are other county issues that should be resolved before raises are discussed.

Broome County Legislator Jason Garnar said, "In this time where you know we're having to raise taxes were cutting services, why at this time are we even thinking about giving elected officials a raise? Those are the types of things she would hear about if people in Broome County could actually attend the meeting which i think most people wont because of the time that it's being held."

Deputy County Executive John Bernardo released a statement staying in the past public hearings have been held in the morning during the day. He also notes that County Executive Debbie Preston decided on this particular time because she felt it would allow the most people to attend.

Garnar is urging Preston to veto the law as soon as possible.

Those unable to make the public hearing should call or email the county executive office at executive@co.broome.ny.us.