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Garnar calls for aid as county faces $25 million deficit ‘disaster’

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(WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Tuesday morning the county has three to four weeks before it needs to make budget cuts.

The county executive announced in a call with other county executives that Broome County is facing a $25 million deficit for 2020.

Garnar says he does not want a bailout, but the situation the county is in is unprecedented and local governments need help. The county could close all parks, the arena or layoff entire departments to make up for the lost funds.

"This is a disaster," Garnar said during the call.

"We have had floods before but you can rebuild quickly during a flood. we've never had a disaster like this. The only worse thing you can do is drop a bomb on our county," Garnar said.

In July, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the region making the same demands.


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