A Binghamton business operator appeared in City Court to respond to a summons issued for an alleged code enforcement violation.
Edward Hickey said the citation involved a missing downspout on a three-story mixed-use building at 95 Main Street. He said the issue has been addressed.
Hickey entered a "not guilty" plea during a brief appearance before Judge William Pelella Wednesday afternoon.
Hickey operates the Belmar Pub & Grill on the street level of the Main Street building. He said there are five apartments on the upper floors of the structure, although two now are unoccupied.
Hickey told WNBF News the way the city code enforcement department is operating "is not equal under the law." He said he believes the city is being "stricter" on the West Side. He contends the city is "going after small business owners." He had discussed his situation in a recent social media post.
Hickey said he was seeking city records of building code violations cited over the past 90 days because he believes enforcement efforts have been inconsistent.
Hickey sought the Republican nomination for mayor in 2013. During his campaign, he said the city should do more to address problems with run-down and abandoned properties.
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