Mayor fires two employees after storm response

Binghamton Mayor Rich David has fired the two people in charge of Public Works and says they will look at overhauling the department’s policies following multiple complaints that the city took too long to clear roads after the Blizzard of 2017. Mayor David says its unacceptable that it took an additional 18 hours to clear the city’s roads after the main part of the storm. David says the blizzard response exposed issues that have been going on in the department for years. In addition to the personnel changes, he says they will look to update their decades-old snow removal policies and see if they need to purchase new equipment.

Binghamton woman accused of murder

A Binghamton woman is facing murder charges, accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute yesterday morning. Police say there were two young children inside the home during the incident. 27-year-old Liz Ayala is now charged with murder in the second degree, accused of stabbing her boyfriend, 26-year-old Gerrard Davis, to death just after 8:30am yesterday at their home at 97 Broad Avenue. Davis was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police say the couple had a history of domestic incidents. The children were turned over to Broome County Child Protective Services. Police say they are still investigating the incident.

Police searching for bank robbery suspect

Police are searching for the man who robbed a Binghamton bank at knifepoint this morning. City Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says the man went into the Chemung Canal branch on Court Street when it opened at 8am, armed with a knife, and made off with an unknown amount of cash. No one was injured. Anyone with information about the robbery can call Binghamton Police at 607-772-7060.

Binghamton replacing parking meters with kiosks

The City of Binghamton is making it a little easier to pay for parking, as they are installing 50 digital kiosks throughout the city this week. Instead of accepting only change like the old parking meters, the new kiosks can accept credit cards and dollar bills. Mayor Rich David says the project will cost close to $500,000, but he expects it to pay for itself within two years. The kiosks are for multiple spots and will replace the city’s 800 parking meters. Drivers will stop, pay for their parking space, and put their receipt on their dashboard. The city started with five kiosks last year, and they generated enough revenue to place them around the city. The cost of parking will remain the same.

Thousands brave cold for St. Pat’s Parade

Thousands braved temperatures in the teens to line the streets of Binghamton for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. The 50th-annual edition of the parade featured several pipe and drum bands as well as emergency responders and local businesses. It began with a mass at St. Mary’s before the parade down Main Street. The celebration continued at Seton Catholic well into the night. St. Patrick’s Parades will be held in Syracuse and Scranton next Saturday.

Thousands expected to attend St. Pat’s Parade despite cold

Thousands are expected to brave cold temperatures and attend the 50th annual St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Binghamton tomorrow. The parade will begin at 1:30pm on Court Street and marches down Main Street to St. Edward’s on the West Side. As usual, it will include several musical groups, including the local Maloney Pipe Band, the Penn York Highlanders, and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipe Band. The day begins with the annual mass at 11:30am at St. Mary’s and continues after the parade with a party at Seton Catholic High School. The forecast calls for partly sunny skies and highs only near 20 tomorrow.

Binghamton looking at hydroelectric plant at Rockbottom Dam

The City of Binghamton wants to harness the power of the Susquehanna River by adding a hydroelectric plant at Rockbottom Dam. Mayor Rich David says the city will work with Gravity Renewables to design, build and operate the plant. When it is done, the mayor says the plant could power city hall and other locations downtown, and save the city $8 million over the next 20 years. The hydroelectric plant will cost close to $10 million and around seven years to build. The Rockbottom Dam runs between Shore Drive and Conklin Avenue, just east of the Exchange Street Bridge.

50th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Binghamton Saturday

An annual tradition marks a milestone anniversary on Saturday in downtown Binghamton. This is the 50th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Binghamton. When the traditional parade steps off at 130 pm from Court Street and marches to St. Edward’s on the West Side, co-organizer Tom Kelley, says spectators will see several bands, local as well as out of towners. After the parade, the celebration continues at Seton Catholic Central High School on Seminary Avenue with a party until 6 pm. The annual event draws thousands of people each March to downtown Binghamton.