State Paying for Broome County Court Security

By Mike Trim

July 22, 2010 Updated May 24, 2006 at 1:05 AM EDT

Security officers at the Broome County Court house will soon answer to a new boss.

County Executive Barbara Fiala announced New York will now pay the entire cost to employ 25 court officers.

The state already reimburses the county for their salaries, but the county pays for hiring, training, and retirement benefits.

With the state now taking over those costs too, the county will save about $50,000 a year.

"This is consolidation, trying to do what is best for the community and the taxpayers of Broome County," said Fiala.

Broome County Court officers also provide security for state courts.

They'll become state employees in mid July, when the New York court system says it will create a more unified command structure.

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