BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Office of Mayor Richard David has announced they have passed the city’s 2021 budget. “As municipalities find themselves in compromised positions, Binghamton is faring better — not only because of the decisions we made in response to the pandemic, but because of years of proactive decisions when the economy was strong,” Mayor David said. Thursday night, Mayor David released a statement saying the City Council passed the Binghamton 2021 budget in a bipartisan fashion. Mayor David said the budget maintains a commitment to public safety and infrastructure, as well as other essential services, while also protecting homeowners and small businesses by holding the line on property taxes. Officials said the budget is a map for delivering essential government services and tackling challenges that residents expect to be taken on by the local government. To see the 2021 City of Binghamton budget, click here.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released their Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan which allocated $29.25 million towards to the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project, the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) informs. That money, combined with the $33 million that Congress approved earlier in the month, represents the final federal appropriations to complete the deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel to 45-feet.“This news comes at the perfect time,” said Jeff Theobald PhilaPort’s CEO. “The completion of the channel deepening in conjunction with Governor Wolf’s $300 million investment towards improving landside infrastructure, will enable our Packer Avenue Marine Terminal to be the first terminal on the river to accept the larger vessels!”The Delaware River Channel Deepening Project is a 103-mile-long $392 million project and this federal scheme is funded by both federal and local sources.The PhilaPort is the local sponsor of the project and the signatory of the Project Cooperation Agreement known as the PCA. Pennsylvania has spent $137 million to ensure this economic engine keeps up with competing ports in the Mid-Atlantic.This is the final piece of funding that ensures that the Delaware River will be deepened to 45-feet by December 2017, said the PhilaPort in its release.Additional work to complete the project will continue through 2018.[mappress mapid=”24130″]