Arrested State Law Maker Came With Check To Northside Grocery
4/5/2013 (Updated 4/6/2013 10:31:19 PM)It was a much-heralded announcement. The 2009 groundbreaking of this site on State Street to help pave the way for a new grocery store. The big name at the ceremony? Then New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, who came armed with a check for $150,000.
"This is really a model for what needs to happen. Not only in the state but across the US. This is a partial combination of what we have missed throughout government and our community --that is the coming together of community, government, private sector, will and prayer," said State Senator Malcolm Smith at the 2009 ground breaking ceremony.
Now, Smith is now a central figure in a corruption case and as it turns out, the City of Binghamton confirms the $150,000 was never released. The remaining $40,000 that was awarded by Broome County was for environmental testing and while the city was negotiating with a franchise owner of the Save-A-Lot grocery chain, another owner brought a Save-A-Lot to Johnson City earlier this year.
Mayor Ryan was unavailable for comment and Fox 40 was not able to speak with Councilwoman Leah Webb, the lead advocate for this project.
Four years later, now what remains is broken promises, a vacant building, and residents hungry for a neighborhood grocery store.
***Ali Warner Fox 40 HD News***
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