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Information Sessions Scheduled for Village Dissolution Petitions Effort

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County residents interested in learning how people can play a role in pushing the consolidation discussion forward are invited to attend an information session, Tuesday, September 12th, 2006. Two information sessions will be held on that day to discuss Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala's "Petitioning for Progress" effort. The first session is at noon followed by a session at 6pm. Both sessions will take place in the Exhibit Room at the Broome County Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton.

At that meeting, Broome County officials, including Broome County Attorney Joseph Sluzar, will be available to discuss the petition effort. Sluzar will also be available to answer questions from residents who are interested in circulating petitions in their community.

Village dissolution can be pursued by local elected leaders but if they choose not to go down that path, there is another way. That other way is a multi-step process that must be jump-started by this petition process. It is a petition process that must be carried out by a grassroots effort.

Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala encourages residents to participate in the petition process and to find out more about the process at the information sessions.

"We have discussed this issue to death with very little action taken," said Fiala. "We're not asking people to support dissolving villages now, we are only asking them to support the process. In the future, after the plans are created and more details emerge about the impact, the voters need to decide once and for all if consolidation is the way to go."

Blank petition forms are still available on www.goBroomeCounty.com, or people can receive copies of the petition forms by calling the County Executive's Office at 607.778.2109. Petitions will also be available at the information sessions on September 12.