“As a precautionary safety and security measure, area City Schools (Calvin Coolidge Elementary School and East Middle School) were put under lockout by City School District officials for approximately 45 minutes, during the police response and investigation,” Binghamton Police say. Police say the man walked into the bank around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and jumped over the teller counter, asking for cash. [metaslider id=77335] The man did not show a weapon and no one was hurt, police say. Members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police helped with the response. They are also assisting in the search for the suspect and gathering evidence in surrounding areas. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Binghamton Police Detective Division at (607) 772-7080. The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a navy blue or dark colored sedan, possibly a late model Toyota Camry or Corolla; 4-door sedan. “With bank personnel backing away, the suspect obtained access to the teller’s cash drawer and physicallyremoved cash from within and placed it into his clothing pockets,” according to Binghamton Police. “The bank was occupied by several bank employees and customers at the time of the robbery incident,” according to police. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department has released surveillance photos of the man wanted in a robbery at the M&T Bank on Robinson Street. SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:MaleUnknown Race or EthnicityUnknown AgeMedium BuildApprox. 6 Ft. TallClothing – Hooded Waist Length Jacket – (Woodland Camouflage Pattern)Dark Scarf (Cloaking Face)Bluish Colored Plaid Flannel Shirt (Under Coat)Dark Colored Jeans / PantsBlack GlovesBrownish Colored Hiking Boots Binghamton Police believe the man ran northbound and then got into a vehicle, which was parked nearby. Officers tell us the suspect then jumped back over the counter with an undisclosed amount of cash, went out the front door and ran away. Authorities say the whole ordeal lasted about 30 seconds.
Livingston tells 12 News that the claims against him in the report are not true. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton City Council released the results of an investigation into an unauthorized internship facilitated by Dan Livingston, a former city councilman. Livingston also says that no laws or ethics policies were broken. UPDATE: The findings of the report are listed below: Livingston is no longer a member of city council. Multiple attempts by the investigator to set up an interview with Mr. Livingston were unsuccessful Despite an internship requirement of 300 hours of relevant work, less than 40 hours were documented Other completed work, including notations such as “plan of attack” and issues regarding the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant, appears to be completely unrelated to any internship documents.At an October 21, 2019 City Council Work Session, Mr. Livingston admitted that he knew there had to be a formal internship process through City Council to have him work with an intern. He also admitted he never brought the issue of hiring an intern to the City Council for its approvalMr. Livingston admitted the intern did campaign work for him during the time of the internship, but that the time she expended on the campaign did not count toward her internship “Mr. Livingston did violate City Council procedures by failing to present the matter of working with interns to the City Council for consideration and approval.” (pg. 8) “Then Councilman Livingston improperly entered into an MOU on behalf of the City.” “Mr. Livingston has claimed that the internship was with him personally and not the City Council. However, this directly contradicts the MOU which clearly states the internship is with the Binghamton City Council, and calls into question Mr. Livingston’s credibility with respect to this particular matter.”“The fact that the Councilman did not acknowledge the student was his intern for several months lends credence to the finding that he knew he was working with an intern in a manner that was not consistent with the City’s policies and procedures.” According to the report, Livingston violated city council policies. He says he was willing to participate but never heard back from the people conducting the investigation. “The results of this report are clear — Mr. Livingston used his elected position to create an unauthorized paid internship for one of his campaign staffers. He did not disclose the internship despite being informed of the process on multiple occasions, including before he took office and in his first weeks on Council.” In a statement sent to 12 News, City Council President Thomas A. Scanlon said the following: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Former Binghamton City Councilman Dan Livingston responded to the city’s report about him. Scanlon also said city council will “advance additional ethics training” and “establish intern procedures.” —–
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Fire Department and Binghamton Police responded to a situation at 251 Front Street on Sunday evening. There is no word yet from officials on the cause of the fire or if there are any injuries at this time. The 12 News crew on the scene saw smoke coming out of the building, and firefighters entering the structure on ladders. Stick with 12 News as we continue to follow this developing story.
Coronavirus numbers: (WBNG) — Willow Point Administrator Ryan LaClair announced Tuesday that a contracted medical provider for Willow Point Nursing Home has tested positive for the coronavirus. LaClair says the contractor is not an employee of Willow Point and has not been in the facility for a week. Broome County May 12 coronavirus update 257 people recovered from the virus and 25 people have died. As of May 12, LaClair says no residents or Willow Point employees have tested positive for the virus. Reopening: On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo OK’d the Southern Tier to reopen on May 15 when New York On Pause expires. They did not work while symptomatic, he says. In total, 375 cases have been reported. For map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced 250 businesses were part of a Zoom call that discussed the reopening of the economy. The Zoom calls aim to offer guidance on how individual businesses should open with CDC precautions. Willow point The county executive will also host Zoom calls Wednesday and Thursday at noon. There are 93 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County.
“I haven’t missed a Memorial Day in 55 years, and I don’t intend on missing one this year,” said Raftis. “‘Flags In’ on all of the veteran’s graves is postponed until hopefully June when we can get the permission from the health department and Tioga County officials to go and place 2,500 flags on the veteran’s graves,” Raftis said. “We ask that our community find a spark and creative other ways to honor the veterans for their service and for their sacrifice. ” “Memorial Day and honoring our fallen heroes isn’t canceled, but Memorial Day parade and service of the remembrance is postponed, canceled,” If the number of COVID-19 cases goes down, Raftis hopes to get approval from Tioga County officials in June. OWEGO, NY (WENY/WBNG) — With restrictions on gatherings causing Memorial Day celebrations to be postponed or canceled, one local man has created a Memorial Day celebration to still honor local veterans. Raftis says even though COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate Memorial Day, he hopes people can find new ways to remember fallen service members. Tioga County officials say the spread of COVID-19 must go down before large crowds can enjoy celebrations like Memorial Day. Owego resident James Raftis, a Korean War veteran and Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Day Chairman, says the virus won’t stop him from remembering and honoring fallen heroes. As for the weekend, Governor Cuomo has given Tioga County officials permission to allow gatherings of 10 people or less. For Raftis, Memorial Day is a time to remember veterans who fought alongside him during his time in the service. Raftis says Memorial Day will be celebrated virtually this year. He and a few other members in Tioga County will pay tribute to Veterans by reading the Final Roll Call of over 5,000 veterans buried in 68 Tioga County cemeteries live on Facebook and YouTube. The reading will take place from 8:15 am to 10 am. “Memorial Day, for me, will never be canceled. The first one for me was when I was in Korea when I went to the United Nations Military Cemetery where they honored over 2,500 dead from the Korean war.” At this time, all ceremonies have been canceled or postponed for Memorial Day.
Cuomo says the fair, held in Syracuse, was a “great economic boon” for the region. It was scheduled for Aug. 21 to Sept. 7. (WBNG) — The New York State Fair will not happen in summer this year. The governor asks all New Yorkers to continue to wear masks and maintain social distance when needed. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a news conference Monday that the fair will not be held due to coronavirus concerns.