BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- After being sworn in on Tuesday, the new Broome County Legislature wasted no time getting to work.
The 15 member legislature met Thursday for the first time in the new year. The board now has four fewer members than it did during its previous term as a result of redistricting.
Five new faces join ten returning members and republicans have a ten to five majority.
Jerry Marinich was once again elected by his peers to be the chairman of the legislature. He says he and his colleagues will have to work even harder with fewer people representing the residents of Broome County.
Marinich said, "We're now representing 13,000 people instead of 10,000 people, so our district has certainly gotten bigger. I used to represent one town, now I represent two towns, so that's two town board meetings I have to go to instead of just the one, so it's going to mean more work for the legislature, but you know what, that's what we signed up for."
Legislators say continuing to find ways to provide services while also cutting costs are top priorities for the coming year.