Binghamton threatens to lockdown 13 high crime properties

By Kelly McCarthy

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For homeowners in the city of Binghamton, having the most points in this scenario, will not win any medals. In fact, it could cost them their property.

"A building is deemed to be a public nuisance," said Binghamton Mayor, Republican Rich David, "If it accumulates more than 12 points in a six month period or 18 points in a 12 month period."

David says the city has 13 residential properties with enough points to take action.

"These troubled properties have been the, collectively, have been the sites of murder, assaults, rape, drug activity, and other general disturbances," David said.

David is renewing the city's "Property and Building Nuisance Reform Law," better known as the "Lockdown Law." Under the "Lockdown Law," the city could kick out the people living there and close its doors.

"Thirteen properties are being mailed a lockdown warning letter," David said, "Which is the first step in the process."

David said the goal is to keep the properties open but find solutions for the ongoing criminal problems at each location.

"We are asking the property owners to come in," David said, "Have a conversation with them; they are going to need to submit a corrective action plan to address the problems."

The corrective plan from property owners must be approved by the Mayor and Chief of Police.

"If we do not approve of it, if they refuse to do it, if they are unwilling to come and meet with us at the city," David said, "We will move forward to have those properties locked down."

Locking down a property is a court-ordered process. If homeowners choose not to comply, David said they will move forward with a civil trial in court.

Properties Receiving Lockdown Letters Include:

159 Main Street: 12 Points - Assault

30 Edwards Street: 16 Points- General Disturbance, Assault
Police responded 10 times in 6 months.

17 Holland Street: 28 Points- Assault, Noise, Loitering, General Disturbance, Disorderly Premises Police responded 30 times and Code Enforcement Responded 3 times in 12 months.

19 Baxter Street: 32 Points- Assaults, General Disturbance, Noise, Disorderly Premises
Police responded 20 times in 12 months.

129 Susquehanna Street: 32 Points- Assault, Drugs, Disorderly Premises, Loitering, Noise, Dog Police responded 20 times in 12 months.

41 Fayette Street: 38 Points- Assault/Firearm, Drugs, Open Container, Noise, Disorderly Premises, General Disturbance. Police responded 40 times in 12 months.

89 Glenwood Avenue: 40 Points- Attempted Rape, Assault/Rape, General Disturbance, Disorderly Premises, Noise Police responded 50 times in 12 months.

260 Washington Street: 46 Points- Assault, Drugs, Disorderly Premises, General Disturbance, Noise Police responded 50 times and Code Enforcement Responded 6 times in 12 months.

30 Mather Street: 46 Points- Murder, Assault, Drugs, Disorderly Premises, Noise

41 Prospect Avenue: 50 Points- Attempted Rape, Assault, Drugs, Disorderly Premises, Noise Police responded 30 times in 12 months.

319 Main Street: 52 Points- Assaults, Loitering, Noise Police responded 20 times and Code Enforcement Responded 3 times in 12 months.

259 Front Street: 66 Points- Assault, Disorderly Premises, Loitering, Noise, General Disturbances, Housing Code Violation Police responded 60 times in 12 months.

6 Florence Street: 68 Points- Assaults, Drugs, General Disturbances, Disorderly Premises, Dog, Noise Police responded 30 times in 12 months.