Binghamton Decides How To Spend Millions In Federal Grants

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2007 at 11:46 PM EDT

The City will receive 2.4 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant money.

As was the case last week, debate tonight stemmed over just a few items on the spending plan.

370-thousand dollars was proposed to go to the Binghamton Local Development Corporation, or BLDC.

The BLDC is a loan program to help spur economic development.

Monday night, council voted to take 100-thousand of that, and use it towards infrastructure.

A highly debated 19-thousand dollars will still go to Catholic Charities for senior transportation.

Some Council members argued Catholic Charities is a multi-million dollar non-profit, and shouldn't be coming to the city for financial help.

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