Hickey plans to fight blight
6/11/2013 (Updated 7:31:02 PM)BINGHAMTON -- One candidate for Binghamton Mayor says he has a plan to fight blight in the city.
Republican Ed Hickey, who is challenging Rich David in a primary, stood in front of the Old Masonic Temple on Main Street to say it's time to hold private landowners' feet to the fire if they let their properties fall into disarray. He also wants the city to assess buildings in a way to make neglectful landlords pay more.
Hickey did concede the look of Downtown Binghamton has improved over the past ten years. In response, David says as mayor he would expand code enforcement to fight blight.
However, if Hickey is to get on the ballot to challenge David, he will need to hand in over 300 signatures to the board of elections.
Hickey says he has close to the required number of signatures, but is continuing to get more because he anticipates a challenge. He says the Republican establishment is backing David and therefore he is getting hundreds more signatures than necessary to withstand a challenge.
The deadline to submit the signatures is July 12th.
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