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Broome Co. Legislature to Discuss Future Public Hearing Times

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A public hearing on public hearings Tuesday afternoon at the Broome County legislature.

At issue is a proposed law that would keep public hearings from being scheduled for before 5 p.m. This comes in the wake of a public hearing for a controversial pay raise bill originally having been scheduled for 2 p.m. That bill was eventually withdrawn.

The idea of having hearings at a later time of day has the support of the Republican County Executive's office and democrats on the legislature. In fact, Legislative Minority Leader Jason Garnar would like to see public hearings start after 5.

"Many people get out of work in Broome County at 5:00, then they have to drive to the County Office Building. So they're going to need a little bit of time to get there after they ge out of work at 5:00," said Garnar.

"There's no point in holding public hearings if people don't show up. We encourage it. We certainly want people to show up and tell us what they're thinking because we don't have all the answers," said Deputy Broome County Executive John Bernardo.

Tuesday's public hearing on the timing of public hearings will be at 7 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Broome County Office building.