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Dems Object to Mayor's Appointment

Democrats on Binghamton City Council are crying foul over the mayor's choice of Attorney Bob Murphy as the City's Director of Economic Development.

Among the complaints are that he should disband his current law practice so that there will be no conflict of interest in his new job.

They also claim Murphy stonewalled a deal that would have brought a grocery store to the city's north side.

Mayor Rich David says Murphy has been winding down his law practice over the past few weeks.

David said the previous Ryan administration created a climate that was unfriendly to developers. That climate, David says, caused the grocery deal to fall through.

"And that was just one of many business casualties that occurred at that point in time. It had nothing to do with Bob Murphy. It had to do with the individuals at the helm at the time," said Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R).

"It wasn't three weeks ago he was representing a client before City Council during a presentation for a casino proposal. So there is a concern there and it's important that we know who his clients, current or former, are," said City Councilwoman Teri Rennia (D).

The Democrats claim Murphy doesn't have a track record of economic development.

David says Murphy's experience representing a number of businesses gives him the understanding he needs for the job.

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