Democrats Question David's Appointment of Economic Development Director

Published 05/01 2014 04:27PM

Updated 05/01 2014 05:02PM

Democrats on Binghamton City Council are questioning Mayor Rich David's recent appointment of a new economic development director.

Binghamton Attorney Robert Murphy was tapped for the position. In addition to practicing law, Murphy had previously been a city judge and city's corporation counsel under the Bucci Administration.

In a press release, Democratic Majority Leader Jerry Motsavage says Murphy is a Republican insider and doesn't have economic development experience.

According to Motsavage, Murphy, who represented the Binghamton Plaza owners, worked against city efforts to get a grocery store on the northside in 2008. He then worked for the effort to help Rich David get elected.

They also want a list of Murphy's clients to make sure there isn't a conflict of interest.

Murphy was unavailable for comment.

Mayor David says Murphy dissolved his law practice prior to taking the job with the City and will no longer be representing clients.

David also says the Save-A-Lot plan failed several years ago because the City was difficult to work with and could not close the deal.

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