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Resolution passes committee meeting for demolition funding following recent divide amongst officials

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The demolition plan for the former Phillips Foundry building in Binghamton was a hot topic at the committee meeting Thursday afternoon.

The building is located on Fredericks Street and has been an eyesore in Binghamton for quite some time.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar has been pushing for this building to be demolished sooner rather than later, yet Binghamton Mayor Rich David disagreed Wednesday with Garnar's plans.

"The reason I think the county's plan is short-sighted is because he's solely focused on demolishing one dilapidated structure, instead of looking at the overall re-development of the 25-plus acre area in the city of Binghamton," said Mayor David on Wednesday. 

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Garnar, along with a few others, expressed his satisfaction after the resolution was passed in the committee meeting.

"I'm incredibly excited that the Legislature passed this," said Garnar. "This was a no-brainer. This is going to take one of the biggest eyesores in the city of Binghamton and it's going to get demolished and it's not going to be a taxpayer expense."

Mayor David said he will continue to speak with county lawmakers to discuss this funding.

Though the resolution has passed the committee, it still needs a full legislative vote to be ultimately considered for approval.

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