BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - NewsChannel 34 is Your Local Election Headquarters.
Leading up to Election Day, we're previewing important races around Broome County, including the race for Binghamton Mayor.
NewsChannel 34's Mike Tanzini sits down with incumbent Republican Mayor Rich David who believes Binghamton is on the right track under his leadership.
"When I ran for Mayor four years ago, there was a constant theme. People wanted a change," said David.
After eight years under Democrat Matt Ryan, Republican Rich David sought to change the landscape of Binghamton City Hall.
Now that first term is complete, David is looking to defeat Tarik Abdelazim, the man who worked alongside Ryan for two terms.
"I have delivered on a list of pledges that I've made. I'm the only candidate that's delivered results instead of rhetoric," said David.
David's top priorities throughout his first term as Mayor have been public safety, infrastructure and removing blight.
David has touted his investments into the Binghamton Police Department, which include body worn and in-car cameras for officers along with new equipment and training techniques.
Binghamton has seen waves of violent crime, something David attributes to the Ryan administration cutting 20 police officers while in office.
"That compromised Binghamton's ability to fight crime. I've added back nine officers, expanded foot and bike patrols and we're aggressive with community policing," said David.
David says his aggressive approach on improving City infrastructure has helped him gain support from local residents.
He says during his first term, he's fixed up nearly a third of all City streets, including important arteries like Riverside Drive.
He also pointed to housing investments in the First Ward, Crandall Street, the expanded Lee Barta Community Center and the demolition of the Big Lots Plaza on the Northside.
"It's not just about demolition. It's also about transforming these properties into dynamic, transformative multi-million dollar projects. My track record is clear. I've delivered results while my opponent failed given the opportunity he had and delivered rhetoric," said David.
David also decreased property and commercial taxes over the last two years, something that hasn't been in nearly 20 years.
David did take heat for altering news accounts on his campaign Facebook page, which the Republican says was regrettable mistake.
Abdelazim called it dishonest and unethical.
David says residents will won't be distracted by petty politics.
"The reason people voted for me is because they put their faith, trust and confidence in me to lead this city. The reason why I will be re-elected is because I have provided results," said David.
In an unprecedented move, the City's Democratic Minority Leader Dani Cronce chose to endorse David over Abdelazim.
While it's ultimately up to the voters, David believes his platform will propel the Parlor City under his leadership for one more term.
On Monday, we'll preview the race for Johnson City Mayor.
On Tuesday, we will provide live Election Night coverage on NewsChannel 34 at 11 p.m.
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