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Broome County Unveils New Website

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Seven months after an Albany Think Tank gave Broome County's website an "F" the county unveiled a site Tuesday officials say has a new look and new information.

The upgrade took six months to complete and the cost of the website was about $30,000 dollars and was paid for using the hotel/motel fund.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and county legislator Jason Shaw say the new site will be easier to navigate and will incorporate Facebook feeds.

"This just needed to be done. The other one was stale, it was old and this I think will help and it brings us up to date because we need to get as much information out to the public as we possibly can. If you look at our old website, it just wasn't there," said Debbie Preston, Broome County Executive.

Legislative Minority Leader Jason Garnar is criticizing the new site.

He says there are few improvements that couldn't have been made in-house without spending taxpayer money.

Garnar also takes issue with Preston linking what he calls her political Facebook page to the front page of the county's website.

In response Deputy County Executive John Bernardo said, "Input from people with clear political agendas is of little value. We do however value the input we’ve received thus far from the general public."

You can see the site at www.gobroomecounty.com