BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David began his term as President of the New York State Conference of Mayors on Tuesday.
“Local government is the government closest to the people,” David said in a statement. “This fact has been proven more clearly than ever over the course of the past six months, as municipal officials have been in the forefront of fighting COVID-19 and restoring economic opportunity in New York.”
As the president of the Conference of Mayors, David said he will pursue increased federal funding and essential state aid. He has been vocal about the financial need for state municipal aid, as several cities saw 20 percent of their state aid temporarily withheld earlier this summer.
David previously served as the vice president of the Conference of Mayors, which represents nearly 600 cities and villages throughout New York State.