Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the first time in eight years, a new year means a new mayor for the city of Binghamton. Rich David was sworn into office on Wednesday.
Republican Rich David took the oath and is sworn in as the Mayor of Binghamton. David was joined in the city council chambers by friends and family as he took the oath of office.
Other elected officials and local leaders were also in the crowds to show their support for a new city leader.
On the first day of 2014 Mayor David said he's not wasting any time in office. After taking the oath and becoming the new leader of Binghamton David spoke about some of the immediate changes he plans to make.
David said he will begin implementing his public safety plan. That includes hiring more police officers and increasing foot patrols in the city. Public safety was a critical campaign point during elections.
A recent string of robberies and crime in Binghamton concerns David and he wants to focus on a safer city right away.
"The police department needs more resources to effectively deal with crime," David said, "This city will not be a great city until we are a safe city. And that's got to be the crux of creating an environment that's ,more attractive to residents and business owners. We've got to get crime under control."
David also has to make some decisions about who will be joining him in office. David said his success will be determined by the people he surrounds himself with, and will take his time to find the best for the job.
He expects it will take a few months to fill all of his appointed positions. His most recent appointments have been focused in the public works area to ensure a smooth transition into the new year.
"We're expecting a snow storm in the next few days and there's icy conditions," David said, "So right now that has been the focus to make sure roads are clear of snow, they're salted, motorists can travel safely."
David said he has several people in mind for the deputy mayor position and hopes to fill that job by the end of January.
For anyone interested in applying for one of the appointed positions, David is still collecting applications. To apply, visit Rich David's website .