Every Monday, we'll give you a brief recap of a some of the important local news from the previous week. These are a few of the top local Southern Tier news reports (and Northeast Pennsylvania as well) that aired on WNBF as well as on our website, and WNBF mobile app.

Any of the news items featured on our WNBF app or WNBF.com will have  link to the report as well. These are a few of the local news highlights for the week of May 8th, 2023:

Broome County Executive Jason Garner wants the abandoned former Kmart building in the old Endicott Plaza torn down by the end of the year. Green Mountain Electric Supply of Vermont bought the building, but the project was scrapped after learning the building would need extensive stabilization work. For more on this story, click here. Green Mountain Electric Supply has applied to acquire an empty industrial complex on Pine Camp Drive in Kirkwood. Details on that story, here.

O'Reilly Auto Parts is preparing to develop a store on  East Main Street between Garfield and Grant Avenues. While not confirmed, the store could be in operation by the end of the year. Click here for the details.

Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham issued a statement on Wednesday May 10th, on City Council's vote regarding the city's eminent domain proceedings against the Binghamton Plaza owners stating "tonight, a bipartisan majority of City Council voted to move forward with the City's eminent domain proceedings against the owners of the Binghamton Plaza." More on the story before the vote, click here.

On Thursday May 11th, Broome County Executive Jason Garner declared a State of Emergency in an effort to prevent New York City from sending asylum seekers to the Binghamton area. The County Executive said there are inadequate resources to accommodate large groups of people who may attempt to relocate in the area. More on that story here. On the same day, Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey also declared a State of Emergency.

Construction crews were busy again under the troubled Interstate 81 bridge on Binghamton's Northside. Workers started removing a temporary material that was used to fill the space between the once-shrinking bridge and newly-installed sidewalks long Chenango Street. Read more, here.

A new round of construction work aimed at addressing problems with the new tennis court complex at recreation Park on Binghamton's West Side should start soon. Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham told WNBF News that he hopes work to fix the problems can get underway "as quickly as possible." Get more details here.

Mayor Jared Kraham announces on Thursday May 12th, 475,000 to expand cold storage capacity at local food pantries. The City of Binghamton is allocating the funds to Broome County CHOW which will help purchase refrigerators, freezers and other storage equipment for about 30 food pantries and meal sites in Binghamton.

Dozens of additional apartments are being planned for an abandoned factory site near the recently-opened Victory Lofts complex in Johnson City. Developer Matthew Paulus of Syracuse is working to obtain needed approvals for a new project in the former Endicott Johnson Box Toe Factory. The dilapidated structure is at the corner of Avenue B and Helen Drive. More on the story, here.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has taken steps to help curb inappropriate behavior at school sporting events in the state with a three-strike rule. For more on that story, click here.

Ground was broken on Tuesday May 9th for a new teen center to be build at the Boys & Girls Club on Eric Street in Owego, According to the club's CEO, Jill Smith Teeter, the new teen center will round out the amenities at the club, and will give area teens a positive place to grow.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police Towanda Station, troopers were dispatched to a wooded area in Herrick Township, Bradford County for a juvenile male subject with a handgun around 4:56 pm on May 4th. Troopers gave numerous verbal orders for the individual to drop the weapon. The subject did not comply and presented himself as an imminent threat to the responding troopers. One member discharged his firearm to stop the action of the subject, who was struck and sustained life-threatening injuries. the subject later succumbed to his injuries.

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