Voters change direction for Binghamton mayor

By Dave Greber

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM EDT

Binghamton N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton voters signaled change Tuesday night when they overwhelmingly elected Republican Richard David to replace an outgoing two-term democrat.

With nearly all precincts reporting, David held almost a 500 vote lead over City Council President and Democrat Teri Rennia, 4,344 to 3,872, or 53 percent to 47 percent, respectively.

Rennia conceded her campaign to David, a former deputy mayor for the city, just after 10:30 p.m.

"We ran the right kind of campaign, we didn't get negative," Rennia said. "We focused on the issues. We were running for the right reasons and obviously I'm disappointed in the results. I congratulate my opponent, but tomorrow I'll wake up and look myself in the mirror."

Rennia will maintain her position as council president.

The race for Binghamton mayor had been a contentious one from the beginning, as candidates traded barbs over access to City Hall, police protection, spending, the city's infrastructure and how to create stronger footing for Binghamton's economy.

Last week, David unveiled plans to improve media access at City Hall, saying he wanted to "promote teamwork, keep a steady flow of communication, and allow for quick responses to resident's concerns."

At the time, Rennia said David's suggestions were not possible, had already been tried or were nothing new.

David said Tuesday he's ready to get to work.

"It feels good. It feels very good," David said. "I'm honored by the faith and the trust and support by the residents and I'm also very humble that they've given me this great honor and that's what it is. It's an honor to serve your community."

Mayor Matt Ryan, who will finish his two-term limit at the end of the year, said Tuesday he'll work with David to create a smooth transition.

"After tonight, we will move forward as one city, embarking on a period of change in City Hall," Ryan wrote in a statement released Tuesday night. "However, there's important work still to be done, and while I continue to conduct the people's business, I will keep the Mayor-Elect fully informed of every important decision. And when the time comes on January 1st, we will hand over a stronger city, and I will look back on my time as Mayor with profound gratitude for serving the people of this great city."