BInghamton Mayor-Elect Names Deputy Mayor

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2005 at 10:35 AM EST

Mayor-Elect Matt Ryan introduces Binghamton to its new Deputy Mayor, Tarik Abdelazim.
The 32 year old Abdelazim moves into the mayor's office with Ryan on January 2nd.
"The area is poised for great renewal, but what is needed is leadership role from the mayor's office to coordinate and drive this economic renewal, that's how I can be a great assistance," says Abdelazim.
A Binghamton native, he has a masters degree in human rights from New York University.
He's worked as a math tutor, a hotel general manager and a English teacher in Poland.
He's also a community activist, helping the St. Pat's 4 anti-war protesters during their trial in Binghamton for pouring blood at a military recruiting station.
He's also a key critic of the city's contract with Time Warner Cable, speaking out against it in his weekly newsletter.
"A lot of those duties, obviously, are going to have to be passed off to others. I still want to obviously talk about media reform and community development," says Abdelazim.
Abdelazim's duties as deputy mayor will include contract negotiations with Time Warner Cable, the police and fire departments as well as media relations and economic development.
His salary will be 37 thousand 500 dollars a year.
"We're both progressive people and I think the city of Binghamton is looking for somebody to take us into the 21st century in a progressive manner," says Binghamton Mayor Elect Matt Ryan.
Currently, Abdelazim lives with his parents on 120 East Hampton Road in Binghamton.
The town of Vestal line runs through his back yard.
"Like I said, I play in the front yard," says Abdelazim.
According to city charter, if the mayor is unable to perform his duties, the deputy mayor is put in charge. That man will be Tarik Abdelazim.
Binghamton Mayor-Elect Matt Ryan is scheduled in court tomorrow on a charge of harassment.
He already pled not guilty to the charge in September in Town of Dickinson court.
Tuesday's court appearance is for a hearing.
Ryan is accused of harassment by Josephine Burrell, one of the candidates who lost to Ryan in the democratic primary for Mayor.
She claims he yelled and screamed at her, using profanity because she met with republican candidate for Mayor, Naima Kradjian.
Ryan has said Burrell was also yelling and using profanity as she tried to get him to give her a job.

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