Spitzer Stops In Broome County

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 10, 2007 at 10:38 PM EST

Father of 4 and Binghamton High School English teacher, Brendan Byrnes sees where education is slipping.

"I'm sort of in the trenches and I see what the students need on an individual basis," says Byrnes.

Byrnes says those needs could be fulfilled with Governor Eliot Spitzer's first budget.

The Binghamton family of 6 welcomed Spitzer into their living room to talk about the state's 121 billion dollar spending plan.

New York's investing 20 billion into education, and Spitzer says the state expects results.

"We want it to go to teacher training, smaller class size, early literacy," says Spitzer.

Spitzer also said the property tax relief will put a thousand dollars back into the pockets of the Byrnes and other middle class families.

"A thousand dollars begins to make a difference," says Spitzer.

Plus, Spitzer defended his billion dollar cuts in healthcare spending.

And reforms he says will put patients first.

Debbie Byrnes works as a nurse at Wilson Hospital.

"There are people out there that don't have the funds for healthcare," says Debbie Byrnes.

Spitzer says the cuts will lower healthcare costs and insure children.

The Governor believes the whole budget will help all families, not just the Byrnes.

"When you get your rebate. And the schools begin to get better and healthcare costs are controlled and employers say you know what, we want to locate in Binghamton. Then we'll be moving in the right direction," says Spitzer.

Under the first budget of Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer says the Binghamton City School District saw a 17% increase in state aid, or 6.5 million dollars.

His stop in Broome County is part of a Bringing The Budget Home campaign Spitzer started to win public support for his plans.

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