New Year, New Legislature for Broome County

By Justin Andrews

New Year, New Legislature for Broome County

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The end of the year is approaching quickly, and with that, the end of two lengthy careers on the Broome County Legislature.

It was business as usual at their meeting Thursday night, except for the fact it was the last meeting for some members. Minority Leader Mark Whalen and Wayne Howard are both are retiring from their positions on the legislature.

They both say they have a lot to reflect on from their time on the legislature. Whalen said, "Right from the get go, in 1989 and 1990, we were able to stop the very expensive and ill proposed incinerator plan for Broome County. And for municipalities that have gone ahead and built these, they have turned out to be expensive boondoggles."

Looking back on his career, Howard is happy with it. He said, "We've got a good handle on spending. And we got a good handle on paying off our debt."

Both have been with the council for a combined 40 years and Chairman Jerry Marinich says their impact can never be replaced on the council.

Seven new legislators were elected to the post in November, out of those seven, two won reelection. Their terms begin next month.