Keeping Cuts, Overriding Vetoes

By Brennan Smith

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 12:53 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council overrides Mayor Matt Ryan's veto to its budget, saving taxpayers almost a million dollars.

City Council members vote unanimously, item-by-item, to override vetoes to its proposed 2012 budget.

Mayor Ryan vetoed measures that would have restored funding to fill positions in the Department of Public Works.

Some of those positions included a data-processing coordinator and a Fleet Equipment Manager.

City Council says these positions were new and redundant, and that they would rather find ways to consolidate services, rather than create new positions.

It also included three hundred thousand dollars restored to a contingency fund.

Council says these funds should have been set aside initially, and not added later; that tax payers cannot afford it this year.

They say voters demanded that they make cuts, and by unanimously overriding vetoes, council met those demands.

"This is not about the tax cap. This is about what we've heard from our constituents, and what I'm hearing from my constituents is thank you. Because, honest to God, they cannot afford it this year," said Teri Rennia, (D) Binghamton City Council.

Meanwhile, in a statement from the Mayor's office, he says:

"We're disappointed. Our goal is to provide critical services and limit taxes in the short-term and the long-term, and these vetoes would've put us in the best position to succeed. That aside, we're proud of this budget. It shows the vital importance of responsible government, and we'll take the same approach going forward," said Matt Ryan, (D) Binghamton Mayor.

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