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D.A. Cornwell: Broome crime rate drops from first to sixth

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(WBNG) -- Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell (R) says the number of crimes Broome County has gone down. 

According to Cornwell, in the last year Broome County has gone from the highest crime rate in New York State to the sixth highest crime rate.

"We are no longer one, we drop to number six. So, certainly we are not spiking the football, it is not over yet but I would go from first to six in crime rate any day."

Cornwell also addressed the soon-to-be drug treatment center in Broome County. 

One of the biggest concerns from legislators who voted "no" and many of our viewers on Facebook is that this facility will bring more crime to our area. 

Cornwell shares those concerns, but has solutions in place. 

"There is no question that is a concern, so what you do is address it," he said. "So we are going to work with local law-enforcement to make sure that there are more patrols in those areas, where people are going to leave the facility and come back to the facility so drug dealers don't prey on them and if they do, we will be watching. We are putting them on notice now, so if they are preying on people who are trying to get off drugs, we are not going to take that lightly. "

Unofficially, there have been 68 overdose deaths in Broome County this year according to Cornwell.

His hope is that treatment right here at home can help lower that number. There were 76 overdose deaths in 2016.

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