Broome County officials take oath of office to kick off 2020

first_imgWith her dream now becoming a reality, Jackson says she is ready to continue revitalization efforts for the village and increase security. (WBNG) – Broome County started off the new year with new leadership in several key roles. “It’s so exciting. I can’t tell you, when I got to put my name on the door it was a feeling. I drive through Endicott and I think, ‘I’m the mayor of this wonderful place.’ I’m just so excited, and the people are the most important part. I get to be mayor and I get to help everybody,” said Jackson. “We’re going to work on security and safety first. Get our cameras up on the avenue, get cameras in other strategic places. Make it safe so that people won’t mind going out at night in the village of Endicott,” said Jackson. “This was a very, very long journey but I have a lot of great people supporting me and I’m ready to get to work and serve the people of Broome County as their district attorney,” said Korchak. At the ceremony, he thanked his supporters, many of whom came to watch the historic moment at Saint Michael’s Gym on Clinton Street. “When we were able to make the switch to the Libertarian Party, many of my supporters came along with me because we’ve been stressing from day one, the D.A.’s office isn’t a political office, you’re serving the community. There should be no politics involved so that way you’re voting for person not party,” said Korchak. While over in Endicott, Republican and former village trustee Linda Jackson was sworn in as the village’s first new mayor in 12 years.center_img The newest leadership across the county says they are hoping to start the new decade strong for all residents. After losing the Republican Primary in June, Korchak switched to the Libertarian ticket and won the title by a narrow margin. She will be replacing longtime mayor John Bertoni. After a hard fought victory in November, Korchak says he is grateful to serve this community. Recently elected Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak and Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson were among the several swearing in ceremonies happening across the county New Year’s day. Several village trustees also swore into office Wednesday, including Endicott Democratic Trustee Cheryl Chapman, who will serve as Deputy Mayor.last_img read more

‘I’m going with a leap of faith’ Daughter removes mom from Hilltop campus after multiple residents test positive for COVID-19

first_img“There needs to be more focus on this. We owe it to our parents, to our loved ones, to our society,” she said. “I think we need to be an advocate for them because these are the people who are the most vulnerable and they can’t talk for themselves.” “I’m going with a leap of faith, and I’m removing my mother from the Hilltop Nursing Home,” Butler said. “The thought of never seeing my mother again and her potentially dying without me ever getting to say goodbye or hold her hand again broke my heart.” (WBNG) — Francine Butler of Endicott says her mother has been living at the James G. Johnston Nursing Facility at the United Methodist Home’s Hilltop Campus in Johnson City for a year and a half, but starting Saturday she will be caring for her mother at her own home. Butler says she is taking her mother out of the facility after multiple individuals associated with the Hilltop Assisted Living Facility, also located at the campus tested positive for COVID-19. Butler says she doesn’t dispute this claim, nor does she blame the nursing home for the current situation.  “We have implemented every possible measure following all CDC, CMS, and Dept. of Health guidelines to contain and prevent the spread. To date, it remains confined to one area and the unit remains on isolation with strict adherence to all infection control protocol. We also have ample supply of PPE for the protection of our staff and residents,” the statement read in part. “I don’t fault Hilltop,” she said. “Their hands are tied about the testing of the aids and the people coming in. They can’t control that.” That’s why Butler says she is urging the government to step in and shine the spotlight on nursing homes.  A state survey says 19 of the state’s nursing homes reported 20 or more deaths linked to the pandemic. Butler says she made her decision in part because she feels nursing homes across the state aren’t doing enough testing. “If these are hot spots, then we need to do something different. We need to approach the problem differently and not just treat them like the rest, because right now the testing in nursing homes is no different than if you just came off the street into a doctor’s office,” she said. Ron Patti, executive director of the Hilltop campus, told 12 News in a statement:  For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

Chenango County reports first 2 deaths, Tioga and Delaware counties give updates (April 22)

first_imgChenango County: Delaware County: Health officials with the county also announced the follwing: (WBNG) — The following is updated coronavirus information from Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties on April 22 Tioga County: 65 confirmed cases71 people are in mandatory quarantineTwo people are in precautionary quarantine The information released varies per county. The deaths are the first two in the county. 79 confirmed cases52 recoveries106 people are in mandatory quarantine27 people are in precautionary quarantine 67 confirmed casesFour deaths20 recoveries75 people are in mandatory quarantine The Chenango County Health Department announced two people have died from the coronavirus.last_img read more

Binghamton Curfew, blue bag suspension extended to May 15

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced an extension of the nightly curfew and suspension of the city’s blue bag collection requirements until May 15. The following has also been extended through May 15: In a statement sent to 12 News, Mayor David says the extension provides additional financial releif to residents impacted by the coroanvirus and aligns with the New York On Pause order. Binghamton residents are required to stay home between the hours 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are travelling to and from work, getting groceries or going to the pharmacy.center_img The suspension of the blue bag requirement allows residents to continue to use standard garbage bags for curbside collection at no cost. Suspension of parking meter enforcement and code enforcement violation in non-emergency situationsSuspension of water shutoffs for nonpaymentTemporary closure of City Hall offices, First Ward Senior Center and the Lee Barta Community Center to the publicLimiting all public meetings at City Halllast_img read more

3 injured in reported burglary and assault in Ithaca

first_imgPolice say the reports were saying multiple people were hitting a male who was on the ground, and one person was armed with a baseball bat. According to the Ithaca Police Department, reports of a dispute were responded to on the 800 block of North Cayuga St. At the scene, Ithaca Police were assisted by the Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, and NYSP Forensic Investigation Unit. Police say they found three people at the scene with stab wounds. The three people who were injured were taken to area hospitals and are believed to be sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. center_img Upon investigation, they found that one person had forced their way into entering a residence and was then confronted by the people who lived in the home, resulting in a physical dispute. Police say the investigation is ongoing. ITHACA (WBNG) — Three people have been injured in a reported burglary and assault that took place Friday evening. last_img read more