Rises in flu cases happen more often this time of year for a few reasons, most notably the colder weather. So wash your hands, cover those coughs and sneezes, and disinfect when you can. Also, it’s never too late to vaccinate. Even though there hasn’t been a dramatic spike in flu cases, it doesn’t mean the numbers are holding completely steady. (WBNG) — Flu cases are on the rise across the country, just as the holiday season reaches its peak. Thankfully, according to health professionals, the Southern Tier hasn’t seen such a sudden rise. “In terms of the people that I’ve seen with symptoms that are flu-like, when I have tested them, we haven’t seen that they’ve come up positive,” said Lourdes Internist Physician Monika Freeland. It’s important to take all the preventative measures to protect everyone, especially with the holidays right around the corner. “I know we just haven’t seen nearly what other people are seeing, but in the last two weeks we have seen a moderate increase,” said Broome County Health Department Public Health Nurse Marianne Yourdon. “You’re protecting babies that don’t have the immunity you might have as a young person. You’re also protecting the elderly. So, if you’re getting together with you’re grandparents over the Christmas holidays,” said Freeland. “I hope everybody is healthy. It’s still pretty quiet here in Broome County and I know it’s starting to increase, but get the flu shot. It’s never too late, until June 30th when it expires,” said Yourdon. “People are confined to their homes, they’re not getting out. When you have a lot of people in a small area you’re more likely to touch something and then spread the flu around in that manner, or you cough and someone else picks it up,” said Freeland.
With a Tenney victory, the former member of the New York State Assembly will try to retake the New York 22nd Congressional District that she held before Anthony Brindisi unseated her. In the statement, Phillips said, “I am sad that election night results did not go our way but most grateful to all of our supporters. There were over 15,000 absentee ballot requests in our district. Our team worked these absentee ballots extremely hard and I am confident that we will make up votes but I am afraid it will not be enough. I wish Claudia Tenney the best and success as Republicans try to take back the House of Representatives in the fall.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Hours after republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney declared victory in the New York 22nd Congressional District primary, her opponent conceded the race. In 2018, Brindisi narrowly defeated Tenney with nearly 51% of the total vote. George Phillips, who fell behind Tenney by 8,700 votes on Tuesday, issued a statement despite the large number of absentee ballots that have yet to be counted. The General Election will be held on November 3, 2020.
“This is investments in our community, “says Mayor David.”In economic development, and financially responsible projects that make sense. If you’re a business owner downtown this makes the difference in whether you service or not.” The new garage will help connect people with local businesses. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Construction is underway at 7 Hawley St. in Binghamton for the new parking ramp. Empire State Development is supporting the construction with a more than $2 million grant. Binghamton Mayor Rich David says there’s been a strain on street parking downtown. The $11 million project will add 304 parking spaces in the city. Companies working on the project are locally based.
Resciniti says she makes it a point to bring her niece and as many young people as she can to help clean up the neighborhood. About a dozen community members took to the area around Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with trash bags in hand, picking up garbage and debris throughout the neighborhood. “We need to be role models. This is important to me, but not just me, it’s important to a lot of folks and I think instead of just talking about what’s important, we need to get out there and do the work, even if it means picking up garbage,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Community members led by Binghamton City Councilwoman Sophia Resciniti gathered on the city’s west side for a neighborhood cleanup Saturday morning. She said they also took the time to fill up the ‘Little Free Library’ in front of the school.