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City of Binghamton New York - Mayor Kraham Warns four Problem Properties 21 September 2022 ( news )
City of Binghamton , state New York ( By Press Release office)
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Mayor Kraham Issues Lockdown Warnings to Four Problem Properties
Updated Law Gives City Tool to Address Nuisance Properties
( BINGHAMTON , N . Y . )
Mayor Jared M . Kraham on Wednesday announced the City has issued warning letters to four problem properties under the City’s recently updated lockdown law , which sets legal grounds to shut down nuisance properties .
“We won’t tolerate problem properties that wreak havoc on residents’ quality of life ......, hurt our neighborhoods and attract violent criminal behavior , ” said Mayor Kraham . “Under the City’s updated lockdown law , these warning letters are a critical first step in abating the nuisance activity at these properties or shutting them down . ”
The owners of the following properties were sent warning letters this week from the City’s Office of Corporation Counsel:
53 Chenango St .
5 Grace St .
314 Prospect St .
92 Robinson St .
The letters notify the owners that their properties have been deemed a public nuisance under the City’s Property and Building Nuisance Reform Law , commonly known as the “lockdown law . ”
Property owners have 30 days to submit a corrective action plan and abate the nuisance after meeting with City officials . If an owner fails to do so , the City will file a complaint with City Court and ask for a temporary closing of the premises .
Earlier this year , Mayor Kraham announced the City would begin enforcing an updated version of its lockdown law following New York State court decisions clarifying how municipalities can apply local nuisance laws .
Under the City’s lockdown law , officials can assign point values to properties for different types of nuisance activity . More serious crimes have higher point values . A building is deemed to be a public nuisance if it accumulates 12 or more points in a six - month period or 18 or more points in a 12 - month period , triggering a warning letter from the City to the property owner .
The properties that received letters this week had point totals ranging from 22 to 34 , as of August 31 . Nuisance activity included assault , a stabbing , fights , disorderly conduct and alcohol violations .
In 2014 , the City used its lockdown law to shut down 17 East , a nightclub in the First Ward , after a multi - agency narcotics investigation led to the arrest of 14 alleged gang members . The nightclub had been the site of illegal gambling , drug trafficking and shootings .
In the following years , the City used the lockdown law to shut down multiple properties , targeting after - hours clubs that operated unlawfully from the early morning hours until sunrise .
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