Mayor: $5,000 Stipend or Car

By Erika Mahoney

Mayor: $5,000 Stipend or Car

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said he either wants a $5,000 stipend, or a car.

On Monday night, Ryan proposed the idea before city council.

He said his position has always been entitled to a car, and because he declined one, he deserves some kind of compensation.

Ryan said he rarely claims payment for mileage, except for a few long trips, noting it can be tedious to fill out all the compensation forms for local travel.

He believes there needs to be a better solution.

"At the end of the day, I'm proposing a solution where the mayor can be compensated fairly for not using a vehicle, which would lessen the fleet by one, and would save on maintenance of a vehicle," said Ryan.

City council decided to look into it more, and do some number-crunching.

"I think everybody just wants more information," said City Council Member Teri Rennia. "It's sort of just a number that is out there, without any back up data, or without knowing what the other options are."

Rennia said they will be discussing the proposal more during their next work session.