New contract for Binghamton firefighters
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Firemen in Binghamton will soon have a new contract. City council members met Monday night to go over the last minute details of a five year contract with the Binghamton Fire Department.
The contract has been months in the making and covers things such as salaries and benefits. It's already been approved by the local union.
Fire officials and council members say a five year contract is a rarity, most last one to three years.
"Five could be good for both sides, help you plan for your future, hopefully the economy continues to improve. Both sides are taking a shot at that, but it gives everyone more of a stable atmosphere to be able to plan for now, the next year and the year after," said Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel L. Thomas.
"For the budgetary purposes, knowing what our plan will be five years down the road is very important, not only to us, but public safety issues. Budgetary wise, we know where we’ll have to go and citizens will know they have the appropriate coverage from the city fire department," said Binghamton City Councilor Bill Berg.
Council members will vote on the contract this Wednesday. Councilman Berg says he's confident it will pass.