A former Binghamton city councilman hopes a traffic signal near his business won't be taken away.

The city traffic board is considering the possibility of removing the signal at the intersection of Robinson and Chenango streets.

John Cordisco - who operates a convenience store at the northeast corner of the intersection - said it's "not a good idea."

Cordisco noted that his building's proximity to the corner makes it difficult for drivers on Robinson Street to get a clear view of southbound traffic on Chenango Street without inching into the crosswalk.

Cordisco also pointed out that pedestrian crossing signals now are out of service while the traffic study is underway.

The traffic signal now is set up in a "flashing" mode with a stop sign in place for drivers on Robinson Street.

Cordisco said he has expressed his opinion about the possible signal removal to Mayor Richard David. He also has conveyed his concerns to the city's deputy commissioner of public safety, Jared Kraham, who chairs the traffic board.

Kraham said the board will consider comments from residents as well as the recommendation of the police department, which is monitoring traffic at the intersection.

Kraham said a decision on the future of the signal probably will be made within the next few months.

Drivers on Robinson Street must pull past crosswalk to view traffic on Chenango Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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