Binghamton Officials Scrutinizing Deli After Shooting
Binghamton legal and law enforcement officials are taking a close look at problems associated with Yellow Deli in the aftermath of a shooting that left four people wounded.
Police say a 20-year-old city man opened fire Friday after a fight erupted inside the business at 121 Susquehanna Street.
Mayor Richard David said the location "has been on the radar screen of the police for a long period of time."
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Tuesday, David said he's "very concerned" about the business. He said he would be meeting with city attorneys and police department representatives to review options because of ongoing issues at the site.
The mayor said he is "looking to take action quickly" to deal with problems that may be linked to the business.
David said the "police have been concerned about what's been taking place at that location." He would not specify what issues have caused the greatest concern.
The mayor did say that the property "is littered with garbage constantly." In addition to a potential law enforcement matter, he said it's also a code enforcement issue.
David said he expects the city will be able "to take action on that property." He would not say whether steps might be taken under the so-called Lockdown Law, which has been utilized against some other property owners.
The mayor said the site is something he is "going to focus on extensively."
A manager of the Yellow Deli Tuesday said the owner of the business was out of the country and unavailable to comment on the mayor's remarks.
Mayor David held a news conference near the business on December 7 to announce the condemnation of an apartment house at 129 Susquehanna Street.
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