Illuminating city streets

By Jillian Marshall

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT

Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Oneonta celebrated becoming a greener and brighter city.

Republican State Sen. James Seward presented 146 new street lights to Oneonta at their Fabulous Friday event on Friday.

The LED light fixtures have photo cells, which will turn off when the sun rises and turn on when the sun sets.

The illuminating lights are energy efficient and will cut the cost of electric from the older street lights by 40 percent.

A $250,000 downtown development grant made the lights possible.

"It's just another signal that we're moving ahead," said Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller. "We try to do a lot of small things, this is a relatively big thing. It's another signal of progress and that's what we're all about is progress."

Miller said the next step of revitalizing the city is replacing the planters that line the city streets.

The electric contractor for the project is Treffeisen & Son and the supplier of the lights is Drogen Electric Supply, both from Oneonta.