The Binghamton Police Department issued 223 tickets for illegal parking overnight Saturday into Sunday as officials look to clear city streets ahead of a winter storm.
Snow-related closures on Monday included the Broome County Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Broome County Office for Aging Adult Day Programs, and NYS COVID-19 Testing Sites at the former Davis College and the former Gannett Building in Johnson City.
Mayor Jared M. Kraham and city public safety officials on Sunday urged residents to refrain from parking on city streets in the coming days to assist with snow removal operations. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for 5 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Monday in Chenango, Otsego, Broome and Delaware counties with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and a light glaze of ice expected in the region. Winds are expected to gust as high as 45 mph. The AccuWeather forecast, meanwhile, projected between 8-12 inches of snow falling in the Binghamton area between 7 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Tuesday.
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“In years past, vehicles parked on city streets have made it difficult for plows to pass through neighborhoods and slowed down snow removal efforts citywide,” said Mayor Kraham. “With significant snowfall in the forecast, I’m urging residents to move their vehicles off the street and into driveways, public garages or lots at city parks. I’ve directed Binghamton Police to actively enforce city parking rules, including alternate side parking, throughout the long weekend. Illegally parked vehicles that block plow routes will be ticketed or towed.”
Overnight, @BinghamtonPD issued 223 tickets for illegal parking.
With a major storm coming, it's crucial residents follow alternate side parking rules so snow plow drivers have space to do their jobs.
Better yet — get your car off the street tonight.
— Mayor Jared Kraham (@MayorKraham) January 16, 2022
The mayor's office said Binghamton Police will be focusing enforcement efforts on known problem areas, where chronic illegal parking has frequently impeded snow plow operations.
The city’s alternate side parking rules are in effect for residents who choose to park their vehicles on the street. Those rules can be found on the city’s website at https://www.binghamton-ny.gov/Home/Components/News/News/155/
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