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Broome County Executive, Binghamton Mayor battle over Broome County eyesore

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Broome County eyesore set to be sold and demolished is causing controversy.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the county would try to sell the former Phillips Foundry building on Frederick Street.

The sale would include other adjacent lots totaling about 2.8 acres. 

Garnar says demolishing the building and other adjacent lots will help revitalize Brandywine Corridor. 

"First of all we’ve got to get these properties into the hands of private people not government people and we got to get them demolished and those are not easy tasks these are not easy buildings," said County Executive Jason Garnar. 

Binghamton Mayor Rich David, however, disagrees. 

"The reason I think the County Executive’s plan is short sighted because he’s focuses solely on demolishing one dilapidated structure as opposed to fixing an overall redevelopment of a 2.5 plus acre area in the city of Binghamton," said David. 

County Executive Jason Garnar reacted to the Mayor. He said in a statement, "This property at 80 Frederick St. in the City of Binghamton needs to be demolished this year with private funds not years from now with taxpayer dollars, as the Mayor is suggesting."

The mayor’s office says demolition would also require approval from the city.


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