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Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce hosts ‘Meet the Candidates Night’ for mayoral candidates

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Jared Kraham and Joe Burns are both seeking to become the next mayor of the City of Binghamton.

To get to know the candidates, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce hosted a 'Meet the Candidates Night' on-location and through Facebook Live as a way to get more residents to see the remarks.

"So hopefully people will check that out later," said Stacey Duncan, President and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. "They'll hear directly what the candidates feel about infrastructure, about affordable housing, about quality of life in the city."

When it comes to infrastructure needs, for example, here's what both candidates said is a priority.

"Cities across America have great needs as it relates to underground utility infrastructure. These are water lines, these are sewer lines, these are storm water lines," said Jared Kraham, the republican candidate for mayor. "They're running beneath our roadways that are sometimes 50, 60, 70, 100 years old."

Joe Burns agreed with is opponent when it comes to underground utilities, but mentioned his own comment. He said the area has somewhat ignored the flood mitigation.

"We're still in danger of a lot of the flood zones that we had two major floods. We haven't done enough work infrastructure wise to fix that," said Joe Burns, the democrat running for mayor. "I'm hoping that this new infrastructure bill that the president is trying to pass in Congress will give us some money to really work on that."

Some of the other visions or discussions, to name a few, included the relationship between the city and higher education and the blight problem.

To see their full conversation, visit "Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce" on Facebook to view the Facebook Live.

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