Brennan Suggested Next Broome Executive

By Matt Markham

February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala's replacement still must be decided. Her party formally made a recommendation.

Broome County Democrats want current Deputy Executive, Patrick Brennan, to succeed Barbara Fiala. The appointment would have Brennan serve in the interim until voters decide November.

"He's capable, knowledgeable, experienced, what more could you want in an interim county executive?" said Mark Whalen, (D) Broome Legislature minority chairman.

Patrick Brennan has been Barbara Fiala's deputy since 2005.

One she formally steps down, Democrats suggest he take her role.

"I see the executive's job as a direct-at team -- to provide efficient services for the folks in this community at the best possible price," said Brennan (D) current Broome County deputy executive.

Democrats believe Brennan is the right fit.

"Our primary goal to everyone was that county government was stable, business will continue as usual, the individual for the next year was still representing the Fiala administration," said Tony Fiala, Broome Democratic party chairman.

Because Barbara Fiala is Tony Fiala's mother, Tony has not taken part in neither the nomination process, nor will be vote when the Democratic committee decides upon Brennan.

Brennan says he's confident he can work with a Republican Legislature, especially on the next budget.

"I manage my own finances well, and I plan to manage the county's finances very well," Brennan said.

Legislative chairman Jerry Marinich (R) said, "we're going to sit down and have a conversation with him on what his views are, and where he thinks the county should be going, and what he thinks we need to establish."

Democrats say they would encourage Brennan to run in November's special election.

Brennan says all he can think about now is having the interim appointment approved.

"Until I get that, there's really not much point in talking about the next milestone," Brennan said.

County republicans are first waiting until Fiala's formal resignation and appointment of Brennan before recommending one of their own as a candidate for Broome Executive.

"The process has to be finished and then the Republicans will get together and come up with a candidate," said Debbie Preston, Broome County Republican party chairperson. "But I will let you know that we will have a candidate. And we will have a good candidate."

The Democratic committee will meet before the legislature to make its formal recommendation on March 3. But, Republicans, who control the legislature, can discuss other democratic candidates.

The appointment must be approved by a vote of the full Broome County legislature.

We expect Fiala to step down some time at the beginning of April. She will be the next commissioner of the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

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