Monthly Archives: December 2020

Month: December 2020 Drug bust leads to arrests of two, seizure of drugs in Endicott

first_imgEndicott Police assisted in the investigation. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Two people were arrested following the execution of a narcotics search warrant in Endicott, county authorities announced Friday. The task force says Burris is under supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. A parole violation has been issued for Burris. The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force says 42-year-old Anthony G. Burris and 51-year-old Raymond M. Coaxum, both of Endicott, were charged with drug-related felonies. Coaxum has been charged with the following: Four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, class B feloniesCriminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor center_img The task force says officers recovered 13 and a half grams of methamphetamine, around two grams of crack cocaine, five bags of heroin, digital scales and suspected drug sale proceeds from a location on East Main Street in Endicott. Burris has been charged with the following: Four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, class B feloniesCriminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor Both Burris and Coaxum were arraigned in the Village of Endicott Court and remanded to the custody of the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility.last_img read more

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Month: December 2020 Broome County releases its COVID-19 disaster recovery plan

first_imgOne of the first few things mentioned in the recovery plan included access to one main source of information. For example, if you have a question about what to do next or what is allowed regarding post-pandemic recovery, you can call a number such as 2-1-1 for one-on-one assistance. Many other details included things like providing an up-to-date workplace for healthcare organizations and hospitals, as well as make services like medical assistance and others more available to people at home or virtually. A public hearing was held via Zoom Wednesday evening to go over the recovery plan. Just like any other disaster faced in the past, the county has to come up with a plan of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. Finally, the plan has a set of guidelines for the county to go by for whenever there may be a second wave of the coronavirus. County officials say the full plan will be released shortly. For more information on who to contact with questions, you can check out the list of the Broome County Planning Division.center_img In addition to the childcare crisis, the pandemic has made it harder for childcare providers and families to keep this resource going in the community. Therefore, the plan includes a strategy to support and help provide childcare by, “promoting increased income standards for childcare assistance.” Another big topic in the plan was mental health. The county is planning on working with local organizations to provide mental health assistance, as some people may struggle recovering from these tough times emotionally. (WBNG) — As mandated, Broome County officials have come up with a disaster recovery plan from the pandemic and there are many things in the plan community members will find important.last_img read more

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Month: December 2020 Activists march in Binghamton in response to law enforcement proposals

first_imgActivists shared their experiences with the criminal justice system, growing up as a person of color and made speeches condemning the proposals made by the departments. The proposals include making resisting arrest as Class D felony, and limiting the ability for citizens to approach an officer who is performing his or her duty. “They’re trying to remove citizens’ ability to record police’s bad actions,” said Alexis Pleus, Executive Director of Truth Pharm. “Imagine that no citizen would be able to come within 25 feet of an officer while he’s engaged in his duty, that’s outrageous.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Dozens of people gathered at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in downtown Binghamton on Sunday for a march in response to recent legislative proposals made by local sheriff’s departments. Activists argued that governments should be focusing on improving mental health resources and fighting police brutality rather than increasing protections for police officers. Truth Pharm, Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier, Binghamton Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow and Citizen Action teamed up for the march which ended at the Broome County Courthouse. 12 News reached out to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office for a comment. We have not yet heard back.last_img read more

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Month: December 2020 Town of Owego shared services building continues to take shape

first_imgTOWN OF OWEGO (WBNG) — The Town of Owego’s new shared services building in Apalachin is moving toward completion later this fall. Owego Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci Jr. said while the project experienced minor delays due to supply chain issues that many construction projects have been experiencing due to the pandemic, construction is moving forward with interior framing and drywall beginning to take shape. “It’s about 43,000 square feet and it’s going to encompass a whole highway department, our whole parks department, and then the administrative offices of those departments as well as the utilities department and then all of our services will be out of the floodplain,” he says. He says he expects the first departments to begin moving into the new building by Thanksgiving. He says the aftermath of flooding back in 2011 made it clear to town officials that they had to get their departments onto higher ground in order to be able to better respond during an emergency.center_img The project raised controversy when it was first proposed due to the $9.4 million price tag, but Castellucci says he expects it to finish under budget. He added he’s also hopeful that the money saved on flood related repairs will result in tax payer savings. “We have our highway department in the village, our parks department was flooded in Hickories so this will allow us to respond quicker and not have to deal with some of the obstacles that are in place when the water is on the streets and you can’t get through,” he says. Located next to Owego Town Hall, Castellucci says the goal of the project is to consolidate town departments in one location and move all departments away from the nearby floodplain.last_img read more

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Month: December 2020 Binghamton mayor temporarily visited hospital, is ‘feeling good’

first_imgA spokesperson for the mayor says David is “feeling good” as of Friday. The spokesperson says David is performing his mayoral duties at his residence. Prior to Wednesday’s test, the last test the mayor took was on Sept. 25. The result was negative, the mayor’s office says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David was temporarily in a hospital in Auburn, N.Y. on Wednesday, as he awaited results of a COVID-19 test. The test came back positive.center_img After a New York State Commission of Mayors Conference on Wednesday, the mayor’s office says David attended a lunch where he began to “feel ill.”last_img read more

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Month: December 2020 Broome-Tioga BOCES completes new house for Habitat for Humanity

first_imgThis is the second house to be built in the partnership between BOCES and Habitat for Humanity. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Habitat for Humanity moved the newest house built by the organization to its new location. Last week, the house was moved to its final location on Linda Drive in the Town of Dickinson. They also says the pandemic won’t stand in the way. Amy Winans, Broome County Habitat for Humanity director, says there is another plot for another house in the future. center_img The house was put together by the help of Broome-Tioga BOCES students. “Students are remote or hybrid,” Winans said. “So, at best case scenario for that construction, students might be there two days a week on campus.” Winans also mentioned Habitat for Humanity is excited for the family that gets to live in the new house in the future.last_img read more

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