Binghamton's Proposition One Reduces Mayor's Power

By Adam Chick

Binghamton's Proposition One Reduces Mayor's Power

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton City Council has overridden all three of Mayor Matt Ryan's last vetoes. So you might think that the city council wouldn't need additional powers to push legislation through. But they got it.

Proposition one was passed by the voters which means that the council now only needs two thirds of a council vote to override a mayoral veto.

Councilman Bill Berg, who drafted the legislation said this was due to the council being reduced from nine members to seven.

"75 percent of the nine was seven. 75 percent of the seven mathematically is 5.25. So we're very ambivalent. Is 5.25 five? Or is it six? What should we do? So after numerous discussions we felt that five to two necessary override is where we wanted to go."

Previously the council needed a three fourths vote to override the mayor.

In January, the city council overrode Ryan's veto for the first time in four years.

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