David, Rennia gearing up for general election

By Perry Russom

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WNBG Binghamton) With Rich David winning the Republican primary, the head-to-head battle for the next Binghamton mayor is set.

David will face off against Democrat Teri Rennia on Nov. 5.

Rennia has been a member of City Council for the past seven years, and the council's president for the past two.

David was the deputy mayor under Mayor Richard Bucci.

"For six years, I worked in the mayor's office on a full-time basis where I learned and was intimately familiar with the day to day operations of city government," said David.

David said he hopes last night's wave of support continues into the General Election.

"Rich has never been elected to a public office," said Rennia. "He doesn't really know what it is to be accountable to the taxpayers for decisions that I actually had to make. It's one thing to sit next to the mayor, and it's another thing to cast the vote yourself."

David has been critical of the current mayoral administration pinning Rennia as one of Mayor Matt Ryan's supporters.

"Certainly we've seen her try to distance herself in the last few years, but with regards to voting on budgets, with regards to supporting the reduction of the police force, which had led to an increase in crime and in a variety of other issues, she has supported this mayor," said David.

Mayor Ryan said the police force has never fallen below 128 officers with Binghamton having the second highest officer to resident ratio among similar sized cities in New York.

Rennia said she stands by her voting record and it shows she's both agreed and disagreed with Mayor Ryan.

"It's easy to sit back and make a decision and add a little input when it may or may not be taken and it may or may not count," said Rennia. "I have taken votes that have counted and there have been a lot of positive things that have come out of that."

Both candidates said they plan on canvassing through the city to garner votes before the November election.

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