Updated 09/12/2012 09:03 PM
Preston announces latest savings, Abdelazim questions use of facility
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced the latest savings Wednesday, which she says will net $100,000 annually. However, her opponent in the upcoming election isn't convinced it's the best way to save. YNN's Chris Whalen has the story.
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Since taking office in January, County Executive Debbie Preston has announced more than $1.5 million in savings. Wednesday, the trend continued as Preston announced plans to consolidate space for storage of records and voting machines.
"That will save Broome County approximately $100,000 annually. Until now, two facilities have been leased to keep up with storage regulations," Preston said.
The property at One North Floral Avenue in the City of Binghamton was previously home to Ramp Industries, but when the county foreclosed on the property last spring, Preston saw it as an opportunity for more savings.
"There's no need to continue to leasing space for the sake of conducting business as usual," Preston said.
Upon hearing plans to utilize the 21,000 square foot space, democratic County Executive candidate Tarik Abdelazim offered a reaction similar to ones he's given with other announcements Preston has made.
"We've seen before a pattern where Ms. Preston takes credit for other people's work. This project has also been under consideration for the county for about a year-and-a-half," Abdelazim said.
Abdelazim continued saying that regardless of whose idea it was, converting the site into a storage facility isn't necessarily the best option for the county.
"Now we've taken that property off the tax roll permanently and I would rather see us use certain kind of development tools and policies to recruit a new manufacturer, creating jobs for our residents," Abdelazim said.
Abdelazim says he wants to try to utilize similar methods he says were successful during his time in the City of Binghamton's administration to help save money.
Preston is set to unveil her budget on Monday and says taxpayers will see the benefits her initiatives have had.
"Through the last eight months, all of these news conferences and all the money that's been saved, it affected the budget, so it's going to be a great day Monday," Preston said.
Her opponent added that savings is a start, but adding revenue is also key to help the county out of its recent fiscal troubles.