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City Leaders Look Back to '15 and Forward to '16

By Fox 40 News Staff.
New Year's Eve was a time of reflection for city and county leaders as they wrap up their 2015 schedules. It was also a time to look forward into new and continued initiatives for 2016.

"Your going to see more neighborhood street construction, more gateway projects, more bridge projects, more investment into our downtown," said Mayor Rich David.

These projects include the continued street paving imitative that is set to pave 15 miles of roads in Binghamton per year, resulting in a 10 year paving cycle replacing the current 30 to 40 year cycle. Portions of Prospect Street, Riverside Drive, Front Street, and Clifton Blvd were among the roads paved this year.

Another accomplishment for 2015, were the steps taken in tackling the area's drug addiction problem.

"In '15 we received an almost $700,000 grant for the drug core. In Fairview recovery we saw an increase in beds for the women and their children," said County Executive Debbie Preseton.

Among all of these accomplishments, both David and Preston felt that the biggest accomplishment of 2015 was winning the $500 million dollars under the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, they said that it would have a significant impact to the economic development in the county

"You will start seeing things in the late spring early summer, you will start seeing different things happening in the Binghmton, Johnson city, Endicott area which is where we really need the help at this point," said Preston.

"Tens of millions of dollars are going into Binghamton and tens of millions more will continue to be invested over the next 5 years," said David.

Preston says that even though the local government accomplished a lot this year, some tough decisions had to be made.

'The challenges were the budget, we had to make a lot of tough decisions and they're not easy decisions but when you sit here, you have to make the best decision for the almost 200,000 people living in the county," said Preston

Looking forward, Preston says good things are in store for 2016.

"I just wish everyone in Broome County has a very healthy and prosperous 2016 and to just bear with us because we have a lot of good things coming," said Preston.

Preston says that within the next couple of months the county will be announcing new initiatives for 2016.