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City Initiates Lockdown Procedures for Problem Properties

Binghamton Mayor Rich David is getting tough with problem properties by resurrecting the city's Lock Down law.
Binghamton Mayor Rich David is getting tough with problem properties by resurrecting the city's Lock Down law. David was joined by the city attorney and police chief today to announce 13 buildings that are being considered for lock down.

The law uses a point system in which various crimes such as assault, disorderly conduct and drug activity are assigned point values. Once a property accumulates 12 points in six months or 18 points in a year, lockdown proceedings can begin. The city first tries to work with the landlord to formulate a plan to address problem tenants and criminal activity.

But David says if they're unsuccessful in their strategies, the city will act.

"My message is we are not going to tolerate this type of illegal activity in the neighborhoods anymore unfortunately the lockdown law was not utilized effectively over the course of the last eight years. That changes today," said David.

Among the properties targeted, 30 Mather St. which police say has been the scene of a murder, assault, drugs, disorderly premises and noise. Topping the list in points is 6 Florence St. with 68 points for assaults, drugs and general disturbances. Police say they've been called to the apartment building 30 times in the last year.
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