Binghamton Plans a Return of the Lockdown Law
Republican Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham is bringing back a law aimed at shutting down crime-prone locations that was launched in the 1980s by Democrat Mayor Juanita Crabb.
Kraham on May 10 announced a return of the lockdown law that allows the city to padlock problem properties.
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There is to be an update to the law to clarify how it can be applied in accordance to a recent court decision. The ruling determined municipalities could not designate a property as a nuisance as the result of calls to police by victims of domestic violence or other crimes. The Mayor’s office says the proposed reforms to the law add protections for victims and clarifies that a court order is needed in order to lock a property. The reforms will be considered by Binghamton City Council on Monday, May 16.
Binghamton’s Lockdown Law scores properties on the seriousness of the activities on-site with higher points for more serious activity. If a property racks up 12 or more points in six months or 18 or more points in a year, it qualifies for city action. Property owners have a chance to appeal or fix the problems after getting a notification from the City. If they fail to work with authorities or problems persist, the City would go to the court to ask for an order to temporarily close down the property.