Public Defender Elected Mayor

Matthew T. Ryan, A Broome County public defender has been elected mayor of Binghamton, NY


The local paper reports that: "During Ryan's early days in office, he will need to mend fences that have been damaged over the years: one with the police and one with city council. For 15 years, Ryan has been an assistant public defender. The job forced him to challenge many of the charges police brought against his clients. "I'm sure there are some concerns among the officers," he said. "I've had to grill some of them on the stand. But I want to make sure this is a safe community - safer than it already is." Ryan said he will meet with Binghamton Police Chief John Butler today to discuss the future and address several issues.

I'm looking forward to this one.

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