Debate Continues Over How To Spend Tobacco Settlement Money

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 19, 2007 at 11:46 PM EDT

A vote to use all 17-million dollars to renovate the George Harvey Justice Building in Binghamton was tabled Thursday night.

Last year, the legislature voted to split the money equally between Harvey Justice and a new communications center at Broome Community College.

But the state failed to include money for the B.C.C. Project in it's budget.

Republican Dan Schofield held over the vote Thursday night.

"We should keep the dialogue open and keep our options open. If we're able to be successful in lobbying the state for that matching share, we'll have money ready to go. If we take this away from the college president at this point, he has nothing in hand to go ask for matching funds," says Schofield.

County Executive and Democrat Barbara Fiala is calling for the money to be used solely on the Justice Building.

If and when it reaches a vote, it has a good chance of passing in the democrat lead Legislature.

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