8 Dec

Organizers of Sunday protests in Binghamton look to future of ending racism in Broome County

first_imgJones told 12 News she wanted to start a protest here because people shouldn’t have to worry about violence associated with skin color. Melisha Jones, a Binghamton High School student, helped organize the protest that started at 1 p.m. at Binghamton High School. Moving forward, both women feel change starts in our own community. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While Sunday’s protests are over, the organizers of the two marches want their message to be louder than ever. “I would really like for my sons to grow up in a community that they don’t have to be judged by the color of their skin and they dont have to worry when they go outside,” said Stringfield. While both protests were peaceful, she says she knew there was a risk in organizing it. center_img “I did know that there was a risk in it. At one point in time I was really nervous about doing it being five months pregnant and having a child at home and putting others at risk but I just really felt that it was something that needed to be done,” said Stringfield. She doesn’t let how old she is affect how she participates in a nationwide movement. Allyson Stringfield organized the protest that began at 12 p.m. around the Martin Luther King Junior statue in downtown Binghamton. “Everybody was surprised that at my age I’m doing things like this,” said Jones. “And I’m glad to say that I am doing things like this at my age.”last_img read more

8 Dec

New York State Police respond to fatal crash involving pedestrian near Fred’s Inn

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. Police say the incident occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. near Fred’s Inn on state Highway 12 in Norwich. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. NORWICH (WBNG) — New York State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian Monday night.  Authorities say the Chenango County Medical Examiner transported the pedestrian for an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing at this time. last_img

8 Dec

Backing the blue: Owego police add three new officers

first_imgMayor Mike Baratta told 12 News Thursday the village was awarded a COPS grant, one of eight municipalities across New York State to win the prestigious grant. It will fund three new officers for three years each, and because the village won a waiver, 100% of the funds will come from the federal government. “There was a pretty big community effort, everybody made signs that said ‘I want my OPD’ and really there’s a desire in our community to have a village police department because they perform community policing and they really get to know the community,” Baratta said. OWEGO (WBNG) — Thanks to a new federal grant, the Village of Owego Police Department is more than doubling its number of full-time officers. The grant does require the village to fund the three officers for at least one additional year; however, Baratta said he hopes to keep these officers as part of the department for a long time to come. A few years ago, the village almost dissolved the police department. However, Baratta said the community’s support for the department back then and now is why it has remained successful.last_img read more

8 Dec

‘Tioga to Go’ helps support local businesses while keeping residents safe

first_imgThe website features a ‘search by town’ feature where you can select any town in the county and be brought to an interactive list of take-out options within that municipality. You can then view menus and links to each restaurant’s website or Facebook page. It also tells you if the restaurant has an order online feature available. ‘Tioga to Go’ is a collaboration between Tioga County Tourism, The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and Tioga County Legislative chair Martha Sauerbrey. She put her support behind the initiative, stressing that local restaurants need all the help they can get with winter on the way. Sally Yablonsky, Director of Operations at the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea with her son as an alternative to Tioga County’s Restaurant Week. Yablonsky’s mom Ruth Harrington was the second COVID-19 death in Broome County and Yablonsky is passionate about keeping the community safe from the virus.She say though, that we cannot leave local businesses behind. You can access ‘Tioga to Go’ by clicking here. Called ‘Tioga To Go’ the system features a website connecting residents to more than 50 restaurants offering take-out in the county. “With indoor dining capacity still restricted and colder temperatures limiting outdoor dining, our Tioga County restaurants have been strengthening their take-out options. Getting take-out is a great way to treat yourself and your family while safely supporting local businesses,” Sauerbrey said. “We’re just hoping it’s a win win for our community. We just want people to stay home and stay have but at the same time we have to worry about our businesses and our economy,” she said. OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County has unveiled a new take-out system which will help support local restaurants, while providing residents a safe and easy way to support their favorite eateries. Organizers encourage residents to be safe and adhere to whatever COVID-19 restrictions the restaurant you choose has in place. last_img read more