The Food Bank of the Southern Tier teams up with Chemung County during pandemic

first_imgStarting Monday, April 6 Chemung County residents can call the County’s COVID-19 Hotline, (607) -873-1813, then press 1 to speak to a live operator so they can put together information for food assistance. This service is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Moss said the first round of food boxes will be coordinated with some school district sites. Chemung County is also working with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to put together a drive-thru site at the Chemung County Fairgrounds that will run Friday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss announced that the county is partnering up with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and local school districts to help people struggling to get food on Sunday. Christopher Moss said that they are using county personnel to help with this effort in a space that has been provided by Meals on Wheels. He also said that there are going to be several ways in which people can receive and pick up these boxes. center_img Additionally, County Executive Moss said the Emergency Food Box has enough food to feed a four people for about three to five days. The food box also contains recipes for the items in the box. In a press release, Moss said that he wants to help individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurities at this time. County Executive Moss said that the Food Bank of the Southern Tier reached out to Moss and his team asking for help with putting together and distributing emergency food boxes for residents. last_img read more

Why independent grocery stores may have products you can’t find at the bigger stores

first_imgIndependent grocery store Sweeney’s Markets in Apalachin has not yet had to limit the amount of meat you can buy. Manager Brian Nasoni says it’s because the store doesn’t have to follow the same rules as some of the bigger chains. “Being an independently-owned grocery store, we’re able to buy from several different distributors,” Nasoni told 12 News Tuesday. Multiple customers said they were able to find products at Sweeney’s that they couldn’t find at the larger retailers. APALACHIN (WBNG) — Despite a national meat shortage, some stores are finding success.center_img “We went to Sam’s Club where there was no meat, whereas Sweeney’s has all kinds of different meat available,” said Candor resident Butch Crowe. Other independent grocery stores Save-A-Lot in Johnson City and the Big M in Windsor also told 12 News they had yet to start limiting how much meat customers could buy.last_img read more

Security guard shares lifesaving story following shooting in Syracuse

first_imgAfter a brief struggle between the two men, Selmon said Booker’s gun jammed sending him away to reload. Some mechanical issues on his bus halted his trip from Boston to Toledo, Ohio. “As I turn around, the gunman is literally there face-to-face with me so I ask him a question like what’s your problem? What’s going on?,” Selmon said. According to our sister station CNY Central, Jahtheel Selmon had just started his shift when he said that he saw the suspect, Andrew Booker, starting to act irritated. As for Andrew Booker, the Massachusetts native has an extensive criminal past. Even though he was facing a slew of charges, Booker was let go on $200 bail. The Wareham District Court said Booker still hasn’t been arraigned for the March arrest due to COVID-19. When asked if he’d do it all over again knowing it would mean getting shot, Selmon says without hesitation. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitpatrick called Selmon a “legitimate hero.” On the other side of the building, Selmon said Booker spotted him again. Only this time, now with passengers farther out of harm’s way, the security guard brandished his concealed firearm and pointed it at the suspect. He said the suspect mumbled and shot twice, hitting him once in the abdomen. He wasn’t wearing a vest, although Selmon says he usually does for other security jobs. Selmon said when another bus unloaded at the hub around 2:00 a.m., that’s when Booker fired a gun.center_img A move Selmon said made Booker hesitate. Likely saving lives including his own. Soon after, law enforcement arrived quickly and detained the suspect. Selmon is now recovering. Still sore from his injury and surgery. “I had to think smart because at the end of the day I’m still bleeding out.” In the midst of the scramble, Selmon said a father and his young children ran up to him, asking for help. Selmon then guided them to a room with a code-locked door. The Syracuse native works multiple security gigs and says it comes naturally for him to want to protect and help others. “As soon as I heard gunshots my priority is not running, my priority is grab whoever I can grab. If I had a kid I would want somebody to save my kid like that too.” “He [Booker] literally just started shooting at them, shooting at random people,” Selmon said. SYRACUSE (CNY CENTRAL/WBNG)- One security guard is now being hailed a hero after jumping into action during a shooting that happened at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse early Sunday morning.last_img read more

Motorcyclist dies after early-morning crash in Candor

first_img—– This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further updates. They say a truck was traveling eastbound and a motorcycle was traveling westbound. They say the vehicles hit head on. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office tells 12 News that dispatchers received the call at approximately 3:11 a.m. The individual operating the motorcycle died and injuries of the truck driver are unknown. 511 NY says the alternate routes to avoid the crash is going to be State Route 96 Gridleyville Crossings Road to SR 96b Ithaca Road to s. Danby Road (CR-125) to Crumbtown Road. 11:13 A.M. UPDATE: CANDOR (WBNG) — Emergency crews responded to a fatal crash early this morning involving a truck and motorcycle. center_img It is unknown what the cause is and how severe the injuries are. Candor EMS, Candor Fire Department and New York State Transportation assisted on scene. The crash is in the area of Straits Corners Road and occurred at approximately 4:25 a.m. This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for further updates. The crash blocked both lanes of State Route 96 for several hours. CANDOR (WBNG) — According to 511 NY all lanes are blocked on State Route 96 from a crash with injuries.last_img read more

Leaders react to President Trump halting stimulus negotiations

first_imgIf I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks (,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy? @MarkMeadows @senatemajldr @kevinomccarthy @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020 “The county, the city, are making very difficult financial choices right now. The state is cutting back 20% in education, healthcare, and infrastructure. This is going to translate to massive job loss here in our community if we don’t get assistance from the federal government,” said Brindisi. Binghamton Mayor Rich David says local government is the ground floor of getting work done for the local community, and that federal aid is needed now more than ever before. While many local municipalities have structured next year’s budgets without considering federal aid, it’s still a big blow due to all of the expenses and financial loss during the pandemic. Nancy Pelosi is asking for .4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020 (WBNG) — Leaders from the House of Representatives to the City of Binghamton are speaking our after negotiations on a federal stimulus package have come to a halt. center_img Hours after President Trump announced those negotiations would be stalled, he tweeted that he would sign a stand alone bill, authorizing the same $1,200 stimulus checks many Americans received earlier in the pandemic. “The concept that mayors, villages, cities, and states are now some sort of bargaining chip, or some pawn in some discussion in Washington, that’s just obscene and ridiculous,” said Mayor David. As the City of Binghamton and Broome County feel the financial strain from COVID-19, 22nd District Representative Anthony Brindisi says if funding doesn’t come through, the long-term effects could be devastating. President Trump announced over Twitter he would be stopping negotiations, saying Republicans could not reach a deal with Democrats. last_img read more

Broome County development agency votes ‘no’ on tax relief for proposed wind farm project

first_img(WBNG) — The board of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency, “The Agency”, voted against a $10.7 million tax relief for the proposed Bluestone Wind Farm in eastern Broome County. The vote was 5 to 3. Bluestone Wind LLC applied for a payment in lieu of a taxes grant that would have saved the company more than $10 million over 30 years. Bluestone could still seek out other forms of funding or the prject could be funded by the company itself. Initially, the project was expected to create more than 100 temporary jobs and seven full-time jobs. Those numbers fell to 70 temporary jobs and two full-time jobs. “We do have a required public hearing, and as well we always take comments from the community and any project and forward them to the board so I think it’s important to note that public comment and public opinion is something that is always a factor in every decision,” Duncan says. Executive Director of The Agency Stacey Duncan says public opinion always plays a role in these decisions. In addition to economic and public concerns, board members say preserving the natural beauty of the area and keeping its appeal to tourist is a reason they voted no on the releif.last_img read more

Owgeo Elks Lodge hosts antique and craft emporium

first_imgThis is the lodge’s first craft emporium. Organizers said they expanded the space that was originally made for the antique emporium to align with distancing guidelines and also fit in more vendors.  Organizer Anita Martin says it was important to the lodge to hold this event to bring in some added income due to some of their events getting canceled.  OWEGO (WBNG) — The Owego Elks 1039 held an antique and holiday craft emporium today. “It gives the crafters, the artisans, the direct salespeople an opportunity to sell their products for the holidays,” Martin said.center_img Martin also says the lodge has plans to hopefully do another craft emporium in the spring. The Lodge hosted 40 different vendors including different crafters, artisans, and direct sales companies. last_img read more