Fiala Steps In

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated May 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM EDT

Broome Democrats have a new leader tonight, 43-year-old Tony Fiala.

We caught up with Fiala at tonight's Mayor's Ball in Binghamton.

As Action News Reporter Reed Buterbaugh tells us, his familiar last name isn't seen as a conflict of interest for party leaders.

Tony Fiala took a break from public service after 8 years on Binghamton City Council.

He's excited to be back in politics as the new Chairman of the Democratic Party in Broome County.

"I was ready once again to get into service and I'm very happy that the party has chosen me," said Tony Fiala.

Fiala's the son of County Executive Barbara Fiala.

Does his new position, create too much power for one family in Broome County?

"I know some people were concerned about that but he assured me and he assured other people that he's got his own credentials. He's got his own vision for the party," said Dan Reynolds, (D) Broome County Legislative Chairman.

"He's independent and it's about him and what he can do for the party it should not be about the county executive," said (D) Barbara Fiala.

Tony Fiala wants to bring new energy.

Seeing his role as chairman as a cross between quarterback and cheerleader.

"I'm gonna be the rah-rah person for the party," said Tony Fiala. "To make people interested in the Democratic Party. I'm gonna raise money and I'm gonna field candidates."

Fiala replaces Gene Burns who resigned after holding the position for more than two years.

He hopes to capitalize on a youth movement that has helped the Democratic Party in recent elections.

"We're very fortunate as a party now to have the young democrats, who've really taken an active approach with the party," Tony Fiala said.

Fiala is currently focused on keeping a Democrat in the Mayor's seat in Binghamton.

Regardless of who wins the upcoming primary.

Tony Fiala is currently the executive director of SEPP Management, a firm that provides senior citizens and handicapped people with housing and services.

He's also an adjunct professor in business at Broome Community College and Keystone College.

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