The city of Binghamton has yet to take control of dozens of properties owned by Isaac Anzaroot under a legal deal announced late last year.

Mayor Jared Kraham this week told WNBF News that the settlement had yet to be finalized.

Nearly five months ago, Kraham hailed the "major court settlement" involving 26 Anzaroot properties around the city.

Under the court-approved agreement, Binghamton was to take control of the properties and Anzaroot would be barred from owning property in the city for the next 15 years.

The settlement was signed on December 20 by Isaac and Alan Anzaroot, along with attorney Ronald Benjamin and then-city corporation counsel Brian Seachrist.

Since then, arson fires in February and April destroyed two Henry Street buildings still owned by Anzaroot.

The sun was visible behind the smoke and flames as firefighters battled a Henry Street blaze on February 21, 2024. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Binghamton firefighters battled a blaze at 122 Henry Street on February 21, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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After the April blaze, Kraham said "the attorneys are still going back and forth" to finalize the settlement. He said the fire "will obviously add another layer to that discussion."

The mayor ordered emergency demolitions of the Anzaroot buildings after the two fires. A building heavily-damaged in the April incident also was torn down due to safety concerns.

Kraham this week told WNBF News he still expects the court settlement pertaining to some specific Anzaroot properties will be finalized but he doesn't know when that will happen.

Anzaroot could not be reached to comment on the status of the settlement.

Fire raced through a building at 124 Henry Street on April 25, 2024. (Photo: Binghamton Fire Department)
Fire raced through a building at 124 Henry Street on April 25, 2024. (Photo: Binghamton Fire Department)
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