Kachadourian In Mix For Binghamton Mayor

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 6, 2009 at 11:46 PM EDT

Another Democratic candidate announces his entry into the Binghamton mayoral race.

Garo Kachadourian pledges to bring his business background into a city hall that's struggling with its budget.

"I'm not running as a politician. I'm running as a businessman. City Hall should be run as a business," said Garo Kachadourian, Democratic candidate for Binghamton mayor.

Democrat Garo Kachadourian announced that message and his run for mayor among family, friends and supporters at the American Legion on Clinton Street.

He plans to rely on his experience as owner of the local opinion website B.C. Voice to reshape the city.

"I feel like the future is going to be a rocky road and I want to make it smoother. I want to make some big changes and help the taxpayers of the City of Binghamton," said Kachadourian.

He's also against some cuts the current administration is planning for the police department.

Friday, the department released its annual report that showed a 15% spike in crime.

"The crime increases doesn't warrant cutting police at all. We need those police on the streets and doing their jobs," said Kachadourian.

To tackle the city's budget woes, Kachadourian would cut back in other areas.

"I want to get the managerial positions that are at City Hall. I would like to eliminate many managerial positions," said Kachadourian

Born and raised on Binghamton's West Side...

Kachadourian wants to restore the city to what it was once.

"Clean up the city. Make it livable here so people will be attracted to this community. As a clean and safe community," said Kachadourian.

Kachadourian will face current Mayor Matt Ryan, and Binghamton City Clerk Joe Merrill in the Democratic Primary.

Rich David announced he is running as a Republican.

And Douglas Walter Drazen as Independent.

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