Mike Marinaccio Running For Broome Executive

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 11, 2008 at 11:12 PM EDT

It's now an official race for Broome County Executive.

Democrat incumbent Barbara Fiala will have a Republican challenger in November.

Town of Dickinson Supervisor Mike Marinaccio makes his campaign announcement.

Mike Marinaccio says it wasn't an easy decision to run against Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala.

"It took a little bit more research then just talking to a bunch of Republicans saying you're going to win, you're going to beat her," says Marinaccio.

Marinaccio says he consulted with a variety Republicans and Democrats before jumping in.

He has been a critic of Fiala, especially with how the county split sales tax revenue with towns and villages.

"There's been so much alienation going on between the county administration and most of the municipalities. I thought it was time to get involved and see if I could make some very positive changes in the county government," says Marinaccio.

Marinaccio already works with many local leaders as Vice President of the County Association of Towns and Villages.

A big issue among them is consolidation.

Marinaccio says it's up to voters to dissolve towns or villages.

"I will reach out to them. I will make sure all of their needs are being met through consolidation efforts, through grants, and so forth. But the main thing is to work with these people, not force consolidation on them," says Marinaccio.

He also criticizes the county for getting involved in too many studies.

For example, the Republican Sheriff asked the state Commission of Corrections to study staffing and overtime.

The County is conducting its own study.

"I thought it was a total slap in the face to the Sheriff's Department when the county decided to go ahead and do a study on the sheriff's operations for 60, 70 thousand or however much it was. Total waste of money," says Marinaccio.

Broome County voters will decide if Marinaccio is worth an investment come November.

Marinaccio works for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

He's been the Town of Dickinson Supervisor since 1997.

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