Final Binghamton Mayoral Debate

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM EDT

With Election Day just 6 days away...

Binghamton Mayoral Candidates square off for one final debate.

And as Action News Reporter Leigh Dana tells us...

The candidates pushed to prove why they're right for the job.

Republican Candidate Rich David took every opportunity Wednesday night to go on the offensive.

He blamed Mayor Ryan for poor administration throughout his term...

And for only making tough decisions, like cutting fire and police positions, this past year.

"Over the course of the last four years, I've heard you talk more about community gardens than community policing. So in the concept that in year four all the sudden we've made these tough decisions... Four years is the term of a Mayor. Not the last couple of months during an election year," says Republican Candidate Rich David.

That comment sparked a sharp response from Ryan.
We have looked at the cost of government all over upstate New York; the cost of fire and police. We are now in line but still the top of the heap. We don't need to have more than we can afford. And that's exactly the tough decisions we've made. To do this in election year, he's trying to use that as a way to beat me," says Mayor Matt Ryan.

Meanwhile, Independent Candidate Douglas Drazen mentioned numerous times his philosophy for a completely new direction in city government.

"My goal is to establish the city's reputation as the safest and cleanest city in Upstate New York. Because I believe from that will flow all the good things people want to see like new jobs, new families, new investment and new business," says Independent Candidate Douglas Drazen.

Drazen says if he's elected, he'll push for private business to bring sustainable economic development downtown.

But David says it's already there.

"I've invested in two businesses in the City of Binghamton. Can you say that Mr. Drazen?"

And trying to stay on top for another 4 years...

Ryan says while in office, he's brought plenty of sustainable business to the city.

In Binghamton, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

Election Day is November 3rd.

Stay tuned to Action News for complete coverage Tuesday night.

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