Binghamton DPW Commissioner let go after response to winter storm

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Terry Kellogg, the Binghamton Department of Public Works Commissioner, has been let go after his response to last week's major winter storm.

NewsChannel 34 in Binghamton has confirmed reports that Mayor Rich David asked for Kellogg's resignation, as well as the resignation of First Deputy Commissioner Jon Yeager.

This comes after last week's record snowfall, with residents throughout the City of Binghamton complaining that the response to clean their streets in the days after the storm was slow.

Mayor David said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that William Barber, Binghamton's Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, will temporarily fill the post and help identify new candidates for the DPW Commissioner position.

David said that the City's response to the storm clean-up was "slower than it should've been", and said he's looking to "overhaul" the DPW.

He said that the response to the storm "brought to light a variety of issues" in the DPW that needed to be changed, and said the issues go beyond just the leadership.

David said the overhaul will also include reviewing the entire public works fleet, workforce reviews, consultation with the NYS Department of Transportation on strategies and trainings, and examining decades-old city ordinances.

"Mediocrity and the status quo is not acceptable. The City of Binghamton should and will lead by example in all areas of municipal service, including snow removal," said David.

David also mentioned that cars parked on the road were one of the reasons crews had difficulty cleaning up streets in the City of Binghamton after the storm.

 


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