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Anger on Binghamton’s “Forgotten Street”

The only way to get to a few Binghamton homes is to leave the city and travel into Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The only way to get to a few Binghamton homes is to leave the city and travel into Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Some people who live on a Binghamton street that’s only accessible by traveling into the village of Johnson City feel they are being ignored.

Beverly Place is a short dead-end street south of Main Street in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Beverly Place is a short dead-end street south of Main Street in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Six of the ten homes on Beverly Place are in Binghamton. To reach those houses, city police, fire and public works crews have to drive past the EJ arch into the village.

Milan Brutvan, who has lived on the city end of the street since 1973, has been frustrated by a range of issues involving Binghamton, Johnson City and the town of Union over the years.

This tag on a utility pole serves as the only visible clue that part of Beverly Place is in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
This tag on a utility pole serves as the only visible clue that part of Beverly Place is in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Brutvan said the people residing on the Binghamton portion of the street are in a sort of “no man’s land.”

Brutvan noted this week, a Johnson City snow plow cleared the north end of the street but would not venture onto the Binghamton portion, leaving city residents stuck in their homes.

Brutvan said he was under the impression that “under emergency conditions there would be no boundaries.”

People on the Binghamton portion of the street used snowblowers to start clearing the roadway near their homes.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Thursday morning, Brutvan said no city public works trucks had yet been on the street since the snowstorm.

A few minutes later, Mayor Richard David said Beverly Place is “certainly not the forgotten street.”

With respect to ongoing snow removal operations, the mayor said he understood the frustrations of city residents whose streets had not been cleared.

David said the city has been “throwing everything we can” to respond to the record-setting winter storm.

The view of the Binghamton homes from the Johnson City end of Beverly Place. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The view of the Binghamton homes from the Johnson City end of Beverly Place. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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