“While he was here he was listed a repairman for the beverage company which Joe Barbara owned,” said Titti. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Irishman, now in select theatres and streaming on Netflix, brings to life a book based largely on mobsters with ties to the Southern Tier. Endicott resident and genealogist Joe Titti is able to trace Buffalino’s ‘business’ back to when he lived in Endicott in the early 1940s. The Martin Scorcese movie is based upon the book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses.’ Local business owner Rob Salamida landed a role as an extra in the movie after applying online. The film tells the story of famous real-life members of the mafia, like Russell Buffalino, whose portrayed by Joe Peschi. “To have that movie that’s based on a book that has a lot to do with our area I think that’s a tribute to it,” said Salamida.
“It’s a time when we have to look at our own lives, look at the things we’ve done wrong, and things we can do better at. It’s really a season about growing closer to Christ and self-improvement,” said St. Anthony’s Pastor, Father Ken Kirkman. St. Anthony’s will be hosting fish fry dinners every Friday throughout Lent. To find more information, visit their website. In 2019, the church estimates they fed roughly 700 people. In the spirit of tradition, they are expecting to feed a whole lot more. “There’s a great community feel, people have been coming here for a long time for this kind of meal, so it’s nice to see faces return from year to year,” said Kirkman. While everyone comes for the fish, it’s also a time to reflect on the past. “It’s a lot of ‘I’m going to give up this, I’m going to give up candy.’ To me, it’s an opportunity to give back more,” said Nick Diles, an organizer for the fish fry. Also remembering Lent is a lot more than just giving something up for a few weeks. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — With Lent in full swing, Fridays are the perfect time to enjoy a plate of fried fish. At St. Anthony’s of Padua, they are cooking up enough seafood to feed hundreds. From fried haddock, to clams and shrimp, volunteers have been working hard to prepare the traditional meal.
County residents may begin dropping off their waste and electronics on June 3. Drop off hours will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, click here. TOWN OF NANTICOKE (WBNG) — The Broome County Landfill will resume collecting household-hazardous waste and electronics in June. Additionally, the residential compost giveback program will resume the same day. The drop-off days were oringinally suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone at the landfill is required to wear a mask.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The back and forth over industrial zoning in Endicott continues. She said, “We learned that the only decision we as a Village could make was regarding adding safety restrictions to our existing zoning code.” After months of conversations over Zoom, met with some oppostion, Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson said she is recommending the village board repeal the restrictions recently passed on the recycling operations in the village. In a press release sent to 12 News, Jackson says Endicott is a village with a reputation built on technology and is what its economy depends on. Jackson explained the village was initially skeptical of the DEC following through on its responsibilities based on past experiences. It comes as the battery recycling facility set to be operated by SungEel MCC Americas was put on hold by the DEC, which wants to look further into its recycling process and certain chemicals involved before it gets up and running. “Recently they have proved to be responsive to the watchdog role they play over this company,” said Jackson. “We will let the DEC and the company work out the next phase of the permit review process.”
The first briefing she saw, Governor Cuomo began talking about his daughter’s boyfriend. “As a comedian I was feeling, and as a person, how am I useful right now? What can I do?” said DeCotis. “Just for people to have a small sense of relief that’s not at the expense of anyone is a small part of something I could do to help people right now.” Maria DeCotis started watching the governor’s news conferences when she picked up on something. One New York comedian is taking advantage of that. “Maybe I can just use the words he already has then just match it with something visually that’s telling a different story,” she said. “I just thought it was hilarious and I knew I wanted to do something with it but I was like, I shouldn’t write a script, what he said was already so perfect, I don’t really know how to heighten this any further. What he said as is was perfect so I didn’t want to touch it,” she said. Her videos have even given her a new purpose. Since she posted her first video in early May, DeCotis has grabbed the attention of thousands, even the governors. Being a comedian, DeCotis knew she had to act on the opportunity. All to help lighten up a dark situation. That’s how DeCotis came up with the idea to create lip syncing videos. “The response was positive from the governor, that he liked my videos, so that was pretty exciting,” said DeCotis. It led to creating more videos over the weeks, to provide New Yorkers with laughs in a time they’re needed most. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo enters the living rooms of thousands of New Yorkers daily with his televised briefings. “I just noticed here and there he would say silly things and he has a really funny dynamic with his brother,” said DeCotis. While he mostly talks about the pandemic, he’s known to occasionally go off on some tangents. “I think the main reaction was people being like, ‘Oh my goodness I really needed to laugh. I really needed this today, I’ve been feeling so heavy, this was such a light part of my day,'” said DeCotis. To see all of DeCotis’ videos, you can check out her Twitter or Instagram.
Cuomo signed the act back in November, which allows veterans who were denied honorable discharge due to sexual orientation or gender identity to have their state veterans’ benefits restored. “Restoring state benefits to LGBTQ veterans who were denied honorable discharge simply for being who they are is the right thing to do and an appropriate way to show our appreciation for their service to this country,” Cuomo said in an official press release. In addition to the restoration, Cuomo said the state Department of Financial Services will work to protect LGBTQ New Yorkers from healthcare discrimination. Landmarks across the state lit up this weekend in honor of Pride Month and the LGBTQ community. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday New York veterans who were denied honorable discharge due to their LGBTQ identity can now submit applications as part of The Restoration of Honor Act.
To set up an appointment with the shelter, call 607-778-2493. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome County Dog Shelter is now open for appointments. The shelter had been closed for months due to COVID-19 concerns. Only remote adoptions were allowed. On July 6, the shelter will resume private, pre-arranged boarding services.
Click here to see how tree farmers prepare for Christmas during the summer. Click here for more information about the Town of Chenango’s public hearing for the proposed cell tower. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about the Town of Chenango’s public hearing for the proposed cell tower, how the Binghamton City School District is preparing for the school year and much more. Click here to see what this Endwell bar and restaurant did after an employee tests positive for the coronavirus. Click here for more information about Binghamton City School District’s reopening plans.