Rennia: I will improve neighborhoods and clean up streets

By Jillian Marshall

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 1:06 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The democrat vying to become Binghamton's next mayor laid out her plan Tuesday to keep streets safe and neighborhoods cleaner.

Teri Rennia announced her five-point plan at Walnut Street Park.

Rennia pointed to recent improvements at the park as the kind of projects the city should continue.

She wants to increase funding to rehabilitate blighted properties and create neighborhood project teams to help lay out plans for each ward in the city.

"I'm the only candidate that has held an elected office. I'm the only one who has sat at the table and made the tough decisions. I know what it's like to make a plan," said Rennia, who is also the City Council president. "I know the limitations that we have, and the constraints that we have to work within. I understand all of that better than anybody."

Rennia said she would continue other programs to improve lighting and sidewalks in future road projects.

Her plan also focuses on public safety and increasing home ownership in the city.

Republican Rich David she aid Tuesday doesn't disagree with his opponent's plan to improve the neighborhoods. But he says he thinks improving public safety is the key to creating a vibrant, healthy city.

David argued Rennia has been part of the reason why public safety has declined, specifically with votes on budgets that decreased police officers.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikusky announced earlier this month overall crime is up nearly 30 percent compared to last year.

"Crime is relevant to everything. Businesses and residents don't want to locate to areas that are unsafe," David said. "Our neighborhoods will not be alive and thriving if they are unsafe."

David says he will outline his plans next week.