Binghamton Deli Changes Colors, Still Under Scrutiny
A downtown Binghamton deli where four people were injured in a shooting incident has made some changes but it remains "on the radar screen" of city officials.
The Yellow Deli at 121 Susquehanna Street was the scene of a dispute on the afternoon of February 17. Authorities said a 20-year-old man fired several shots, wounding three others and himself.
The shooter and two other men were charged with assault following the police investigation.
After the shooting, Mayor Richard David said he was "very concerned" about the business and trouble that may have been linked to it.
The bright yellow exterior of the deli now has changed to a more subtle tan color. An employee said the place was repainted at the behest of city officials. Despite the new color, he said it's still called the Yellow Deli.
The employee said additional lighting and new signage was installed after discussions with city officials. Two signs posted on both sides of the entrance warn against trespassing and indicate people should be on the property for "Business Purpose Only."
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Tuesday, the mayor said he was unaware that the building had been repainted. He said he had "no knowledge" that the business operators had been requested to change the exterior color.
David said he viewed the new signs as a step in the right direction.
The mayor also said the city wanted the deli to remove public charging stations for cellphones. He indicated those stations are "sometimes a magnet" for problems.
David said no serious incidents linked to the Yellow Deli had been reported since the February shooting.
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