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City council president considers run for mayor

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Voters in Binghamton will be electing a new mayor for the city this November. Current Mayor Matt Ryan is serving his final term. The speculation on who might run this fall is beginning. As our Melissa Kakareka tells us, one city council member could put herself into the race soon.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Teri Rennia has been on the Binghamton City Council since 2005 and is currently serving her second term as City Council President. She also co-owns Enviren Services with her husband and is the mother of three children. Soon, she could be adding mayoral candidate to the list.

"I'm considering a run for mayor for the City of Binghamton. I've been getting a lot of encouragement and calls from folks and I put this out there to let folks know that I am seriously looking at it," said Teri Rennia.

Rennia would be seeking the democratic nomination. But before she makes a formal decision, she wants to make sure it’s the right time to take on the position.

"I'm a wife, a business owner, a taxpayer and those are all the things that I need to make sure are in order and that I can give what I need to give," said Rennia.

Rennia's platform would focus on the economy.

"We need to make Binghamton a place where young people want to stay, where people want to relocate. We need to focus on economic development, jobs, our building stock, infrastructure and those are the things I would focus on," said Rennia.

The councilwoman hopes to decide by the end of February.

Current Mayor Matt Ryan says he hopes that whoever takes his position carries on the work that's already being done and mixes it with their own progressive ideas.

"I'm looking for somebody basically who will carry on that mantle and come up with some creative new ideas and realizes that some tough financial decisions have to be made in these fiscal times," said Mayor Ryan.

Other candidates from both sides of the aisle could also be announcing their intentions soon.

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