“I mean you’ve driven the roads, you see what needs to be done. You see a lot of temporary repair out there. This is actually going to allow us to do a full renewal of this section, and a lot of other sections across the region,” said Scott Cook, the public information specialist for NYSDOT Region 9. More than $14 million of that funding is coming to the Southern Tier to help patch up cracks and potholes created by severe weather. The DOT says these repairs could not have come at a better time. The DOT says instead of just temporary measures to repair the roads, this funding will make it possible for complete renewal projects to take place. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week more than $151 million in funding to fix roads as part of the PAVE-NY initiative. The only rule is projects have to be started and completed in 2020. The Department of Transportation says when water gets underneath the surface of the road, it expands and contracts due to the changing temperatures, leading to the nasty cracks and potholes so common in the area. Cook said work will begin as soon as the last freeze is over, most likely early spring, and will have to be completed by the time winter rolls around again.
But due to the coronavirus’ impact and mandates about large gatherings, the egg hunt was off the table for Easter 2020. CITY OF NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — On previous Easter Sundays, the Norwich Fire Department typically hosts an Easter egg hunt for their community to get outside and enjoy. “You look around, and everyone has been doing their thing to help everybody,” Ford said. “First responders, they’re getting free food from the merchants, it’s a great thing.” The fire department’s Assistant Chief Patrick Ford teamed up with the Easter Bunny to drive all over town, waving to folks as they zipped by. Ford told 12 News he and the Easter Bunny were hoping to hit every street in the city. However, that didn’t stop the department from spreading some Easter cheer. Ford was just happy to do his part for the community. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
Two police cruisers plowed into a crowd of people who had been pelting them with various objects, knocking several to the ground. Huge crowds marched through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on Saturday. Protesters smashed the windows on police vehicles, sprayed them with paint and set another police vehicle on fire. NEW YORK (AP) –Protesters returned to the streets of New York City on Saturday, even as Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for calm after a demonstration the previous night descended into chaos that left people bloodied and vehicles burned. Many of the demonstrations were peaceful, but as the afternoon drew on, problems mounted. The protests were among many around the country over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota.
The Binghamton DMV office will not open until June 22. Satelittle offices will remained closed until further notice, county officials say. (WBNG) — The Broome County Clerk’s Office is reopening the Department of Motor Vehicles on June 15. The Endicott DMV Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last transaction will happen at 3:45 p.m. The County Clerk’s Office says it cannot guarantee regular permit exams, CDL permit exams, enhanced driver’s license and REAL ID transactions will be available on opening day due to a lack of reopening guidance from the state government. On July 11, the offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On June 20, the Endicott DMV will resume its normal hours of 8 a.m to 1 p.m. with the last transaction occurring at 12:45 p.m. On July 6, the Endicott and Binghamton offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for one week. The County Clerk’s office says it is expecting a high volume of traffic at its offices.
NICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino and Resort employees have been furloughed for four months, and the casino owner says it can’t last much longer. “They don’t understand the mentality of our customers; I guarantee you none of them are waiting for Tioga Downs to open,” Gural told 12 News Tuesday. “They just jump in their car and drive to one of the casinos that’s open, and they’re not hard to find.” Tioga Downs has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Jeff Gural said the hotel reopened briefly because he thought the casino would be able to reopen as part of Phase 4, but when that didn’t happen he closed the hotel down as well. Gural said only P.J. Clarke’s restaurant is open on the weekends, and the racetrack is operating, but without spectators. He said almost counter-intuitively, not reopening the casino is making the Southern Tier less safe. Gural said under state law, any employee that is furloughed longer than six months will automatically be terminated. Additionally, Gural said the casino will go under if it has to remain closed another few months. Governor Andrew Cuomo has not given any additional guidance since July 6, when he said the state is reviewing reopening practices to ensure safety.
Gina says for her, the day was all about finally having the opportunity to properly honor her husband. “Because of COVID we weren’t able to have a funeral, so this is the first time we’re honoring him for the incredible person he was and all that he accomplished in the 27 years he lived. Today is a day to honor him, play some soccer, and have a good time,” she says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A local family found a unique way to remember a Johnson City man after COVID-19 prevented them from being able to have a traditional funeral. Scott Ritter of Johnson City passed away earlier this year, leaving behind his wife, Gina. Gina is an avid soccer player, so the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex decided to hold a benefit to help her cover expenses. The tournament was followed by a reception at Fountain’s Tavern.