Mayor Richard David says some Binghamton business owners are worried about the potential for trouble following Election Day.

During a radio interview Tuesday, David said he's received calls "from the heads of large businesses" asking whether they should be boarding up windows, as has been happening in some other cities.

The mayor said "the concern is very real." He said each business must make a decision about what steps should be taken to be prepared for possible violence.

David said "many businesses are hiring security to be inside" their stores for the nighttime hours.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, the mayor said there will be more police patrolling neighborhoods and downtown after voting has ended. He also said there "are a host of other things" the city is doing "just to be safe and just as a precaution."

Court Street in downtown Binghamton at the intersection with Washington Street on November 3, 2020. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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