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Mayor David Delivers State of the City Address

The State of the City Address ran the gamut last night, from potholes to lockdowns to parking downtown.
The State of the City Address ran the gamut last night, from potholes to lockdowns to parking downtown.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced that two more police officers will be added to the city's force. They will paid for by eliminating two positions from the previous administration.

The city will also be getting eight additional firefighters, which will be paid for through a fire safety grant.

David highlighted his first 100 days in office.

He says new accounting safeguards have been put into place to prevent city employees from stealing.

Code enforcement sweeps will begin this spring.

David will also be looking at creating a partnership with a developer who might be interested in helping to rebuild the Collier Street parking ramp.

The mayor highlighted the city's efforts to repave and patch many of the city's roads this year, including Riverside Drive, Grand Avenue and Conklin Avenue.

"What I can commit to you tonight is while it took many years for these streets to reach the condition they are in, fixing as many as them as I can will be a priority of mine every year that I'm in office," said David.

Democratic City Council President Teri Rennia says for years the council has asked about replacing current city lights with LED's and installing new water meters. Those are things David is proposing.

Councilman Jerry Motsavage says the key is how to pay for the mayor's ideas, which they haven't seen yet.

"There are a lot of things there that sound good, but I'd like to see the plans. That's the whole thing, can we afford them, what can taxpayers afford. The plan is critical. There are a lot of thoughts and ideas, but we have to see how we can implement them," said Motsavage.

Next week we'll take a closer look at a dispute over funding road repairs and other projects between Mayor Rich David and Democrats on City Council.
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