City councilmembers have been discussing legislation to increase the pay for Binghamton's mayor.

The salary for the post now is capped at $72,000. Lawmakers in December debated a plan to provide annual raises of three percent but there wasn't enough support for that proposal.

Binghamton Mayor Richard David on January 8, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Mayor Richard David said legislation that authorized regular pay increases helped "take the politics" out of the salary issue.

When it became clear three percent raises wouldn't be approved, a proposal was made to change the figure to two percent. But that plan also lacked sufficient support for the measure to move forward.

Speaking on WNBF's Binghamton Now program, David said "I don't believe there's anything happening with it right now."

It's not known when lawmakers will address the issue of pay raises for themselves and for the mayor.

Matthew Ryan, who served as mayor for eight years, said he received a raise of "a couple thousand dollars" in his final year in office.

Ryan said at that point, it had been 20 years since the mayor's salary had been raised. He said the pay for the mayor's position has gone from $62,556 in 2013 - his final year - to $72,000 in 2019.

Former Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan on January 8, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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