Garnar holds state of the county address

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar delivered his first State of the County address last night. He touched on several topics, including the result of a recent hiring freeze, responding to the heroin epidemic, and increasing traffic at the airport. When he took office, Garnar started a hiring freeze for the county due to their financial difficulties. He says that effort has already saved taxpayers $90,000. On drugs, Garnar says they will soon announce the details of a multi-agency program to help people find treatment for abuse. The Greater Binghamton Airport is down to one carrier, and Garnar says the county is working to develop a new strategic plan and increase marketing. He also wants SUNY Broome to begin offering an FAA-approved aircraft maintenance program in anticipation of more carriers calling BGM home in the future.