Another City of Binghamton property has been locked down.

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December 11th, the problem property, 35 Baxter Street, Binghamton in the First Ward was locked down according to the office of Mayor Jared M. Kraham.

Multiple persons have been arrested from the residence this year stemming from charges of weapons and narcotics. The lockdown order was signed and went into effect as of December 1 by Judge Daniel Seiden, for a total of 12 months.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The order states the City and the owners of the property agreed that 35 Baxter Street is a public nuisance hurting the immediate neighborhood and upon the City of Binghamton in general as defined by the City’s Property and Building Nuisance Reform Law.”

WNBF News Bob Joseph reported that in August 2023, the City of Binghamton issued a lockdown warning letter to the owners, deeming the property a public nuisance under the City’s Property and Building Nuisance Reform Law. The owners failed to abate the nuisance, and the City filed a petition asking for a lockdown. The lockdown warning article can be viewed here.

I promised residents we would take action against problem properties that hurt neighborhoods and compromise public safety, and today, we’re delivering on that promise once again. The property at 35 Baxter St. has upended quality of life for neighbors and drained taxpayer-funded resources with repeated calls for service to Police and Code. We’re locking it down for the next year and delivering much-needed relief to residents. Binghamton Mayor Jared M. Kraham

According to the release from Mayor Kraham, the lockdown law allows Binghamton officials to assign point values to properties for different types of nuisance activity and take legal action to shut them down.

The Mayor notes that a building becomes 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.

35 Baxter Street, Binghamton had been assigned 30 lockdown points for incidents dating back to September 2022 as follows:

  • General Disturbance - 4 points
  • Noise Ordinance - 2 points
  • Noise Ordinance - 2 points
  • Noise Ordinance - 2 points
  • General Disturbance - 4 points
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance - 6 points
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon - 10 points

Other lockdowns this year include 314 Prospect Street, Binghamton (March) and a partial lockdown of 92 Robinson Street, Binghamton which limits the establishment’s hours of operation and prohibits the sale of alcohol, among other restrictions.

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