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Protesters Rally Against Senior Meals Provider, Heroine at Courthouse

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Two groups of protesters showed up at the Broome County Courthouse Thursday night.

One was rallying against a controversial provider of senior meals.

The other was protesting against the county's treatment of heroin.

Broome County recently proposed turning senior meals programs over to Aramark, a company many say has a controversial reputation.

Senior citizens and community members held a rally to protest against that decision before heading to the courthouse for the hearing tonight.

"We're here because of the Aramark company that is supposedly supposed to be delivering foods to our residents and evidently they've got a reputation for delivering spoiled, rotten foods," said senior citizen resident Mickey Ray.

Another group at the courthouse tonight is upset by the county's handling of the heroin problem.

One woman even took the stand to say her son died because there weren't enough beds for treatment.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston weighed in on both of these issues after the hearing.

"I would never ever want any company that I didn't think would provide comparable or better meals," said Preston.

Regarding heroin, Preston said,"I'm hurt that these people are continually saying that I'm not doing anything and that I don't care. I do care because I don't want to see any of our young people overdosing. I don't want to see that. And as far as not having enough beds, we are working on that."