ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Newly-elected mayor Endicott, Linda Jackson, is sharing her plans for her first term in office.The Republican says she believes her ideas can help give Endicott the spark it needs, especially with downtown soon receiving $10 million from a revitalization grant.”We are going to be redoing the streets, the sidewalks. This place looks very old,” said Jackson.Jackson says her first order of business is to increase security for residents.”Our police chief right now is writing a couple more codes for us. He has been getting very involved. He’s got some things he wants to clean up in the village,” said Jackson.She also says she wants to take steps to boost the economy, from welcoming new businesses and jobs to also welcoming Binghamton University graduate students to live in the area.”If we can offer them more and we can get housing for these graduate students. Harvey Stenger wants them safe and he thinks this could be nice. We might get him to bring the blue bus to Endicott,” said Jackson.Jackson also addressed rumors she says has been spreading throughout the village about village jobs being cut under her watch.”People shouldn’t have to live worrying about their jobs. So there are absolutely no jobs and no services being eliminated. Anyone that is leaving the employment of the village of Endicott is doing so at their own choice. You know the mayor is retiring, his lawyer is retiring. I’m not firing anybody,” said Jackson.Jackson says she wants to hear from residents as well to make Endicott a better place for everyone.”Things are going to be extremely transparent. There is going to be absolutely no closed door meetings. Everything is open to the public and it will be publicized. We have a new media service so that everyone knows what is going on. We are involving the public in everything we can do,” said Jackson.Jackson also tells 12 News that Democratic Trustee and her former Democratic political opponent for mayor, Cheryl Chapman, will serve as Deputy Mayor for the first six months of Jackson’s term.Jackson will take office on January 1, 2020.There will be a neighborhood watch meeting at the American Legion on Maple Street in Endicott December 12 at 7 p.m.Jackson says all Endicott residents are invited to give their questions, ideas and concerns for the future of Endicott.
Delaware County Sheriff Craig S. DuMond says he has “full and complete confidence” in the two’s abilities to do their job. (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced the graduations of Eli the German Shepherd and Deputy Sheriff Kyle Karcher from the K9 Narcotics Detector School in Goshen, N.Y. The announcement was made Monday morning. After eight weeks of training, Eli and his handler, Deputy Karcher, are certified to enforce the official duties of a K9 team in New York. “Today is a very proud day for Deputy Karcher, K9 Eli and all the members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Their professional and dedicated service to the people of Delaware County are a credit to their team and the Office of Sheriff,” he said in an official press release sent to 12 News. RELATED: Delaware County Sheriff announces new K9, handler joining its ranks K9 Eli and Deputy Karcher will spend spring 2020 training for discipline, handler protection and tracking.
“Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “We’re doing weddings and social events to keep us busy in the offseason,” said owner Eddie Bello. Bello told 12 News, the lights have done a lot to help keep his company up and running. Due to the coronavirus, business has been severely slowed down. “You just think of these seniors; they worked so hard and they don’t get to have those special memories of walking across and getting a diploma or prom or anything like that.” “This was a great way for us to get out into the community and help out a little bit.” “We saw a senior yesterday when we hung up lights, and she literally had tears in her eyes. Just a little something that her family can do to celebrate her accomplishment.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Illuminations is a Christmas tree lighting company in the Southern Tier, but during the offseason they offer decorations for other occasions. They are surely something these seniors can look back on during a difficult time. “I didn’t expect to have twenty-seven thousand views and calls non stop throughout the day,” said Bello. To keep his business up and running, Eddie Bello and his team had to get creative. “Unfortunately, we lost every wedding that we had planned for this year and social events,” said Bello. “That’s what we feel like we’re doing right now is helping out the community, but it also helps get our name out there and let people know we are ready to hang some lights.” “This was originally thought to be high school, but college graduates are stepping up as well.” An idea that took off from the moment Bello put it on Facebook. The company has begun decorating the houses of seniors that missed out on graduation with the colors of their school. The lights are a celebration for any graduating senior.