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Barbara J. Fiala (born 1944) is the current County executive of Broome County , New York. She is the first woman to hold this position. Prior to being elected County Executive she was the County Clerk of Broome County. When she was elected County Clerk in 1997 she was the first woman elected to countywide office in Broome County history.

Barbara J. Fiala became the 6th Executive of Broome County on January 1st, 2005. She is the first woman in county history to be elected County Executive. She was also the first woman ever elected to county-wide office when she was first elected County Clerk in November, 1997. She is a 40 year public servant that has worked her way up through county government to become its chief executive.

Executive Fiala is a life-long resident of Broome County and the City of Binghamton. She grew up in the City’s 7th District and is the youngest of nine children born to Arthur and Mary Testani. The County Executive graduated from the former North High School and in 2004 she was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate Honoree. She is proud to be a graduate of both colleges here in our community. The County Executive holds a bachelor's of science and associate's degree from Binghamton University and Broome Community College, respectively.

Fiala is currently a board member of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), President-elect of the New York State Association of County Executives and also serves on the County Executives of America Board. She is a member of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency Board and was appointed in 2008 as a Committee Member of the National Association of Counties: Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. Fiala serves as Treasurer at the American Civic Associaiton in Binghamton. She is a member of the Sons of Italy in America and is also an active member of the Binghamton Breakfast Rotary Club.

Fiala and her husband Anthony live in Binghamton’s First Ward. They have two sons. Her oldest son, Anthony Jr. lives in Binghamton’s First Ward. Her youngest son, V. James, lives in Scranton, PA with his wife MaryLou. She is the grandmother of two boys, Nick Fiala and Nate Fiala.

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Preceded by
Broome County, New York County Clerk
1998 – 2004
Succeeded by
Richard R. Blythe
Preceded by
Jeffrey P. Kraham
Broome County, New York Executive


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