Tempers flare at City Council meeting

By Jillian Marshall

Tempers flare at City Council meeting

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) City Council's meeting Wednesday grew heated when it came to two resolutions, one of which was tossed aside and the other came down to a split decision.

A resolution urging Broome County to maintain ownership of Broome County Public Transit sparked the first debate.

"I don't think we have the whole story, I don't think any of us has actually contacted the county," Councilman Joseph Mihalko said.

Mihalko and other council members say they would like to hear directly from the county with more specific information.

The county is looking to privatize BC Transit because the bus service has been hurt by service cuts and fare increases in the last few years.

Members motioned to hold the resolution until someone from the county can talk to council.

Also Wednesday, an ordinance authorizing the city to pay for a phone and communication bill for the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board raised some red flags for some council members.

A vote of 4 to 3 denied the transfer that would have paid for an outstanding bill.

Council members said the sewage board must better learn to manage its money.