Binghamton Mayor To Raise “Pride” Flag
Mayor Richard David has decided he will raise the “Rainbow Pride” flag at Binghamton City Hall next month.
According to Jared Kraham, the mayor’s executive assistant, David has contacted organizers of the June 7 event and advised them he’ll participate.
The announcement came a day after the mayor discussed the matter on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program. During the interview, David said he did not intend to raise the flag.
David said he wasn’t going to use the mayor’s office “to get involved in state and national issues.”
On the program, the mayor said he was considering the request for the rainbow flag to fly at City Hall.
A message posted by Kraham to Binghamton Now on Twitter indicated David had advised the event organizers of his decision but did not elaborate.
@BinghamtonNow Mayor David has contacted organizers and will raise Pride Flag at City Hall on June 7.
— Jared Kraham (@JaredKraham) May 7, 2014
Matthew Ryan, David’s predecessor, called the program today after the news from City Hall. Ryan praised the mayor, saying “it took a lot of guts to change his mind.”
Ryan participated in the rainbow flag-raising event after he became mayor. He said the decision showed David has an open mind and is willing to listen to concerns expressed by residents.