Mayoral candidate David: City streets are depolorable

By Perry Russom

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When going door to door throughout the city, Rich David said infrastructure is at the top of most people's list of things they want fixed.

On Thursday, David released his 14-point infrastructure plan.

"Public infrastructure isn't just roads and bridges," said David. "There is a litany of other items with regards to public infrastructure that are in need of repair and while it's obvious that we're competing for limited state and federal funds and funds are at a premium, we need to make smart strategic investments."

He said it's all about smart investments with limited amounts of money.

In David's plan, he mentions fixing pot holes with extra asphalt, changing city street lights to LED lights and starting a parking study to make parking downtown easier.

"What I want to do is put a plan in place to address them in general," said David. "It's not a bit politically expedient to say I only want things address things I want to accomplish in only four or eight years. I want to put these issues on the radar screen in the forefront for the public acknowledge."

David added he wants to change the roundabout to make it easier for trucks to get in and out of the city.

His counterpart, Teri Rennia, says while he may have 14 points, those points lack substance.

"He talks a lot about the Front Street Gateway Project which is already underway," said Rennia. "He once again reckons back to the Court Street roundabout, which I had my own concerns with, but the fact is, if he's going to be honest, it's a plan that was approved under the Bucci administration."

Rennia said after months of campaigning, she's "happy to see Mr. David finally release something substantial to the public on what he plans to do if elected."

Rich David's 14-Point Infrastructure Plan

1) Implement cold asphalt recycling plan
2) Use surplus asphalt from street reconstruction projects to fill potholes
3) Implement proactive street reconstruction and maintenance plan
4) Implement pavement management system
5) Restore long term repair and maintenance plan for city parking garages to prevent continued deterioration
6) Coordinate citywide bridge inspection and repair
7) Front Street railroad bridge replacement and reconstruction project
8) Joint Sewage Treatment Plant
9) Explore Possibility of converting city street lights to LED technology
10) Initiate comprehensive parking study
11) Better coordinate with Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study and the Department of Transportation to use funds more strategically
12) Place major thoroughfares on state and federal funding for reconstruction
13) Redirect Community Development Block Grant funds
14) Commit to seeking public intent
15) Alterations to roundabout

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