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Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan Begins Final Year in Office

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Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan is in the final year of his tenure at City Hall.

Speaking with Kathy Whyte on the public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, the mayor reflected on events of his two terms, including three major floods, the American Civic Association massacre and several major fires.

The Mayor joked that some people had told him they were happy for term limits preventing him from running again since he seems to have a lot of bad luck.

Ryan says everything wasn’t bad, though, and pointed to steamlining city government, a revitalization of many parts of the downtown district and infrastructure improvements as some positives.

As for his future after he leaves office, the mayor says he has his sights set on returning to his previous career as an environmental attorney and expects to work to fight a rush into hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas in the region.

The Southern Tier Close Up airs Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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