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Bailout of NY Nuclear Power

July 19, 2016 by pegjohnston

A landmark energy policy decision is about to made in New York, and unfortunately, it’s going the wrong direction. Over the last several months, the New York Public Service Commission has been considering a “Clean Energy Standard” to ensure that utilities are required to buy renewable energy and get the state to its 50% renewable energy by 2030 goal. Unfortunately, the plan also includes a requirement that utilities (and their customers) buy nuclear energy, and that we pay a premium for that nuclear power. Under the plan, Exelon Corporation would receive massive $7.6 billion subsidy in order to bail out unprofitable nuclear plants in upstate NY.

Supporters are being urged to write a letter to Governor Cuomo, NYS Energy Czar Richard Kauffman, and PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman about this massive nuclear bailout and a series of important questions that we need the Administration to answer. Organizations and elected officials are welcome to sign.

Thousands of New Yorkers have submitted comments supporting the renewable energy goals and opposing the nuclear subsidies. We also submitted a letter to Governor Cuomo signed by over 110 organizations opposing the nuclear subsidies. But it hasn’t been enough to counter the nuclear industry’s pressure. On July 8th, a new version of the nuclear bailout proposal was released and it’s even worse than the original. The proposed subsidies for nuclear plants went up from $270 million to $7.6 billion and the state would lock in these subsidies for the next 12 years. The public has been given just 10 business days to comment – until Friday, July 22nd.

Still, the Public Service Commission has done almost no analysis to answer basic questions that New Yorkers have about this plan to give Exelon Corporation almost $8 billion of our money. To our knowledge, they have not studied alternatives or shown that this is really necessary. Our sign-on letter addresses this issue and asks a series of pertinent questions.

 No public agency should fast-track an uncompetitive subsidy to one company like this – especially when so much is at stake. This plan would put twice the amount of money into nuclear bailouts as it would toward renewable energy. It’s a huge blow to our renewable energy future and to the ability of our residents, businesses, and municipalities to be able to afford electricity.

Cranberry Coffehouse: Gillette and Mangsen

April 7, 2016 by pegjohnston

On Sat., May 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., the Cranberry Coffeehouse ends its 2015-16 season with the fabulous duo of Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette.

 A Gillette and Mangsen concert features compelling songs, rich harmony, and a good dose of humor. Steve and Cindy have performed on National Public Radio, across North America and Europe, delighting audiences with traditional music and original songs. Although they come from different musical backgrounds, “their voices and styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.”

Steve is a country/folk songwriter with Western roots. Some of his best known songs, Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, and Back on the Street Again, have been performed by artists Ian & Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Tammy Wynette.

Cindy is known for compelling interpretations of traditional Anglo-Scottish ballads, thoughtful songs, and a wonderful ear for harmony. She is a keeper of old songs as well as a writer and interpreter of new ones.

The duo has recorded six albums in their 25-year collaboration, as well as solo albums and projects with other artists (Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, Michael Smith).  To hear clips of their music, visit: http://compassrosemusic.com.

The Middle Set--The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages all musicians, vocalists, story tellers, and dancers to share their talents in the middle set. Middle set performances are limited to 5 minutes. For questions about the Cranberry, visit www.cranberrycoffeehouse.org, call 754-9437 or e-mail cranberrycoffeehouse@yahoo.com. The Coffeehouse takes place at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. Suggested admission of $8. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Handicapped parking in the front of the church. Coffee and refreshments available.

 

 

Providing Welcoming and Affirming Care for Transgender People

February 26, 2016 by pegjohnston

Professional Training Day: Friday, March 18, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
University Downtown Center
Room 220 A/B
67 Washington St, Binghamton, NY

Join us for an informative session on Providing Welcoming and Affirming Care for Transgender People led by Maureen Kelly from Out for Health, with Victoria Rizzo, BU Department of Social Work.  See more information here.

$12/person includes lunch $40/person includes lunch and 4 Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours *
Kindly register by March 14. Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be granted to those who call the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/Pride and Joy Families at 607.777.3717 on or before March 11.

This event is provided in conjunction with the 2016 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference, March 18-20, Binghamton, NY.  See more information here.
* Binghamton University - SUNY, Social Work Department SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0143.

We look forward to seeing you!
Registration Deadline:Monday, March 14, 2016 7:00 a.m. (CST)

VINES Community Gardens NOW available

February 23, 2016 by pegjohnston

VINES is now taking applications for community garden plots for the 2016 season. Community gardens are located throughout Binghamton, with different bed sizes and garden features in each. Check out our Community Gardens page on our website to learn more about each garden. Attached is the Community Garden Plot Application. Please submit a complete application to us and we will put you in contact with the site coordinator.
VINES Community Gardens

Laurel Ave. Community Garden (128 Laurel Ave. Binghamton, NY) Westside
Pine Street Community Garden (67 Pine St. Binghamton, NY) Downtown
Corbett Ave. Community Garden (26 Corbett Ave. Binghamton, NY) Southside
Columbus Park Community Garden (26 Columbus Park East. Binghamton, NY) Downtown
Liberty Street Community Garden (79 Liberty St. Binghamton, NY) Northside
Gregory Lane Community Garden (9 Gregory Ln. Binghamton, NY) First Ward 
Mather Street Community Garden (26 Mather St. Binghamton, NY) Westside

Affiliate Gardens

Salvation Army Community Garden (530 State Street, Binghamton, NY) Northside
Phelps Park Community Garden (60 Bevier Street, Binghamton, NY) Northside

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VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. We do this by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. We strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

For more information:  www.vinesgardens.org

Mural Fest Attracts 31 Artists, Performers, Vendors, Sponsors

April 19, 2015 by pegjohnston

Mural Fest 2015 will involve 31 artists, several bands, both amplified and acoustic, vendors, and tabling with art. Several illustrious artists from out of town will do demonstrations of mural painting. The Dept of Public Art is painting 11 panels on a food theme for a boarded up building on Chenango Street, and other artists will paint other designs. Several area businesses are sponsoring the mural fest and a cut out of a hot air balloon will bear the name of the sponsors. So far, the sponsors include Belknap Lumber, Kovarik Hardware, Cooperative Gallery, Orion Beauty, Lost Dog, Galaxy Brewing, Zona Grill, Water St. Brewing, Burger Mondays, The Shop. The Belmar is providing food for artists and volunteers are encouraged to bring food for the artists and performers. Mural Fest will take place on Sunday from 12-5 pm on the Riverwalk, by RiverRead Books, down to the MLK Promenade.

The Fest is also being supported by Broome County, the City of Binghamton, and Gorgeous Washington Street Assn.  It is sponsored by reBold Binghamton and the Dept of Public Art (Ctr for Gender, Art, and Culture).

MORAL MONDAY RETURNS TO BINGHAMTON

April 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Greater Binghamton Labor/Religion coalition invites our community to join us on Moral Monday, April 6 at 4:30 PM at the Federal Building on Henry Street in Binghamton where we will stand vigil and raise our voice for a fair and just Federal Budget.  

As poverty and inequality continue to grow, faith leaders and people of conscience will come together to call for justice and the common good.  The 2015 Federal budget has proven once again Washington continues to put large corporations, banks and billionaires above the poor and  middle class.*

We stand for the poor and vulnerable, our children and our senior citizens, those who cannot speak for themselves.  We do not stand for tax dodging corporations and overpaid CEO’s who reap the benefits of underpaid workers.  We are acting on our moral imperatives, and demand that our elected officials in Washington and New York create a budget that works for all, not the chosen few.

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For more information visit:  www.nationalpriorities.org

Read the attached Paul Krugman column

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Holiday treat in store for you!

December 24, 2014 by Anonymous

When all the holiday parties are over, the scrumptious goodies eaten, the gifts enjoyed and stowed away, the Xmas tree put out at the curb, the New Year ushered in, and the New Year’s resolutions made, there’s one more holiday treat in store! The annual visit of Quickstep to the Cranberry Coffeehouse.

Quickstep, a.k.a. John Kirk, Trish Miller and Ed Lowman, perform at the Cranberry Coffeehouse on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015, 7:30-10 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. Admission is a suggested $8.

John, Trish and Ed entertain with a diverse repertoire of original and traditional music. Leading the way are John and Ed’s fine fiddle selections. John’s warm clear voice, Trish’s clog dancing or banjo playing and Steady Eddie’s singing, yodeling, guitar playing and bass round out the band’s sound. This trio, which has performed at the Cranberry since its inception decades ago, is from Saratoga County, NY, and for many years they’ve played for concerts, dances and workshops.
The group is in the process of recording a new CD with Ed. It will feature old-time music and some songs about living the good life in a rural setting.
Park behind the church or in front (for handicapped access).
The Middle Set is for you! The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages all musicians, vocalists, storytellers, and dancers to share their talents in the middle set. Middle set performances are limited to 5 minutes.
Contact: email/cranberrycoffeehouse@yahoo.com or phone 607-754-9437 for more information.

United Nations Votes for Process to Create Global Bankruptcy Framework

December 8, 2014 by Advocacy

UN Process Could Limit Default and Stop Predatory Funds

Vote Smart Could Transform Voting Decisions

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

 

Citizens have got to know about Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan group of students and volunteers from all over the country who have put together a massive factual database on politicians.

Vote Smart gathers the voting records, biographies, public statements (issue or even key word searchable), issue positions, who gives candidates money, even the ratings done by over 200 competing special interests on every candidate and official. They make it so you don’t need to listen to all the self-serving nonsense of campaigns anymore.

You can get just the facts on Vote Smart's web site (votesmart.org) or even call them on their toll-free Voter’s Research Hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART) and one of their researchers will look up anything you need to know.

SPEAK UP FOR BC MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

September 9, 2014 by activ60

Will you join with one of the 10 percent of the 550 people on Save Our Clinic Facebook who
support keeping the BC MH Clinic to write an editorial?

Sharpen those pencils. Your letter is needed.

UN Vote Tuesday Could Create Global Bankruptcy Process, Deter Predatory Funds

September 8, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday at 3pm (EDT) on a resolution that could create a global bankruptcy mechanism. Such a process could protect poor countries from predatory funds and limit future defaults. Jubilee USA's leadership, a group of religious leaders and financial experts sent a letter to United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power urging her to support the resolution.

"There's global consensus to stop predatory behavior," noted Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA's Executive Director who signed the letter. "This resolution is an opportunity to turn consensus into action. A process could begin that allows us to challenge inequality and have real stability." LeCompte serves on UN expert groups developing a sovereign debt resolution process.

The resolution comes in the wake of Argentina's legal dispute with predatory hedge funds and hold-out investors. During the course of that dispute, the International Monetary Fund, US Government, United Nations and World Bank all expressed concern that a legal victory for predatory funds would make debt restructurings more difficult. The UN action also follows a proposal from the International Capital Market Association to alter debt rules to curb predatory behavior.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

UN Vote Tuesday Could Create Global Bankruptcy Process, Deter Predatory Funds

September 8, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday at 3pm (EDT) on a resolution that could create a global bankruptcy mechanism. Such a process could protect poor countries from predatory funds and limit future defaults. Jubilee USA's leadership, a group of religious leaders and financial experts sent a letter to United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power urging her to support the resolution.

"There's global consensus to stop predatory behavior," noted Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA's Executive Director who signed the letter. "This resolution is an opportunity to turn consensus into action. A process could begin that allows us to challenge inequality and have real stability." LeCompte serves on UN expert groups developing a sovereign debt resolution process.

The resolution comes in the wake of Argentina's legal dispute with predatory hedge funds and hold-out investors. During the course of that dispute, the International Monetary Fund, US Government, United Nations and World Bank all expressed concern that a legal victory for predatory funds would make debt restructurings more difficult. The UN action also follows a proposal from the International Capital Market Association to alter debt rules to curb predatory behavior.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

UN Treaty Could Enact Global Bankruptcy Process and Stop Predatory Funds Jubilee USA Urges and Prays for US Support

September 4, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday on a convention that could enact a global bankruptcy process and stop predatory hedge funds. Bolivia proposed the resolution that if voted upon is expected to pass by a majority. The executive board officers of Jubilee USA sent United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power a letter urging her to support the resolution. Jubilee's 400 US faith communities are holding the Ambassador in prayer as she prepares to vote.

THE LAST STAND for MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

August 19, 2014 by activ60

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, be there at 4:30pm at the Broome County Office Building for
a press conference and stay to STAND UP for mental health services before the vote
at 5 pm, sixth floor. YOU are needed to literally back up over 800 people who signed
petitions and facebook in support.

SHAME on Broome County for not having a public hearing.

Binghamton City Council

June 17, 2014 by activ60

COME SUPPORT A RESOLUTION
WED, 6:30 pm Binghamton City Hall

City Council will vote on a Resolution in Support of
Maintaining the Broome County Mental Health Clinic.
A Freeze on Closure.

YOU and your SIGN are needed.

WANTED: Gardeners not Prisoners

March 17, 2014 by tim wolcott

 
There are more full time prisoners in America than full time farmers according to Bill McKibben in his latest book, Oil and Honey. I want to help change that. The farmer and writer, Masanobu Fukuoka best explains why. “Farming is the cultivation of better human beings.”
‘Better’ to me means being more compassionate, productive and healthy. ‘Better’ to me means not being a financial burden to society. ‘Better’ to me means being more integrated into a community capable of sustaining itself in times of economic and/or environmental crisis.
Following is a proposed community action project designed to address this concern. Specific project decisions will be made by consensus and in compliance with Broome County Corrections Administration requirements.

County Jail Gardening Project

In a time when people with college degrees struggle to get gainful employment, it is obvious how difficult it must be for an applicant with a conviction in their record to get a job. This, in addition to the fact that our nation’s incarceration rate often leads the world, disturbs me a lot. Great human resources are lost as too many unlucky men and women are being both economically and socially disadvantaged by the current system. This project is designed to reduce this waste of human capital by building mutually beneficial relationships between non incarcerated and incarcerated members toward a more resilient community.
Our project’s mission is to build human resources through gardening activities that join incarcerated with non incarcerated community members. Beautification, job training and growing community resilience are the goals of the project.
If you’re a gardener or want to learn how to garden and are interested in social justice community action at the Broome County Corrections Facility, please get back me at 607 797 9126. After preliminary application and I.D. checks are done, a four hour security orientation session (sometime in May or early June) is required. If you want to help build community in a new and sustainable way, this project is for you.

Sierra Club to Honor Augie Mueller -- Lifetime Bicyclist

December 10, 2013 by Anonymous

The Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club Honors Augie Mueller with the Lynda Spickard Environmental Award. January 21, 2014, at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave , Endicott. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the award program at 7:30 p.m.
Augie Mueller, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Binghamton University, has been a strong advocate for bicycling in the area for more than 40 years. We will hear some of his personal stories about bicycling and what it has meant to him. He has led the bicycling community in numerous capacities: promoting more bicycling lanes and bicycle safety and providing reconditioned bicycles to youth.
A presentation follows on bicycling opportunities and what improvements have occurred during the last 40 years. The public is invited to join Augie in an evening to celebrate bicycling as a way of life.
For more information, e-mail lauffer.scott@email.comp;

LOCAL: We just launched a new site after being deleted from the Internet for our obsession about depleted uranium a while back.

March 24, 2013 by Broome Underground

We hope you will come over occasionally to see what we have. And if you are especially interested in setting up your own site with out having to worry about censorship we have the capabilities to allow you to do that for FREE on our own private server. Just go to Broome Underground. Hope you like us and will give us some constructive feedback.

Fracking Whack a Mole

March 11, 2013 by NewEarth

Residents of the Town of Dryden in Tompkins County, NY, could be forgiven for thinking in February 2013 that as far as keeping the entire process of HVHF, the high volume hydraulic fracturing method of drilling for natural gas (NG) or oil - AKA fracking – away their town was concerned, it would be smooth sailing for the near future. The year before the town board had amended its zoning ordinance to include a ban on the exploration, production or storage of natural gas and petroleum, in essence banning hydraulic fracturing. In short order the Town of Middlefield in Otsego County also passed a similar ban. Lawsuits against both towns for their bans had failed. Motions by plaintiffs drilling corporation and leased landowner for re-argument had also failed. Although plaintiffs had filed appeal documents to the Appellate Division in 2012 and a date for oral argument loomed for March 21, 2013, Dryden residents went ahead and planned a series of home solar tours as part of the roll out of solar throughout the county.

But so many potential barriers to rapid conversion towards sustainable renewable energy continued to pop up that people fighting fracking must surely have felt that they were in a forced game of Fracking Whack a Mole!

Communications labeled “urgent!” would intermittently fly out. For just one example, at the near end of 2012 not only was there the pressure of writing and submitting comments to the proposed NYS DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) regulations for fracking, with the help of Dr. Sandra Steingraber’s Thirty Days of Fracking Regs program, the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) was discovered to have met in Albany late November 2012 to plan for the rapid and thorough expansion of natural gas service in the state including to residences/businesses already serviced with heating via electricity, presumably even if it was from solar! The initiative was introduced with an introductory statement repeatedly touting the “benefits of clean natural gas.” The agency held a technical conference and set a late January deadline for comments, which had to answer 21 “questions” strongly biased in favor of such expansion.

A low number of comments led to the PSC extending the deadline for one month, then for another month, as folks scrambled to send in comments. Whack, Whack a Mole!

Buses to the protest against the KXL pipeline included activists who took the day away from their solar tour planning and from dealing with town boards in Broome and Tioga counties that either had passed a “we trust the DEC” or “come frack us” resolution or stolidly refused to do anything. One even had gone so far as to ban during meetings any further utterance of public statements about fracking. The town supervisor had leased, become a shaleonaire millionaire and had heard enough from those against fracking. The residents had also had enough and sued, thereby bringing national attention to the town of 2400 or so residents. Whack! Whack Back!

Anti-fracking activists in New York State were simultaneously keeping a close eye on Governor Cuomo, the NYS DEC, their town, and possibly their county. Some of the counties were wont to give tax breaks (PILOTs) to a pipeline company even though it was not as if they could easily take the proposed pipeline route to a different county without causing themselves a lot of needless trouble. Gov. Cuomo’s guideline was that towns that did not want fracking would not get fracked, i.e. he would observe Home Rule, the basis of the Dryden and Middlefield cases.

But yet again, time to get out the mallet. The DEC had been reviewing the management plans of the state forests, including the state forests near the Town of Dryden itself including the possibility of planning for drilling for gas in the forests, with just one public hearing. Whack!

Meanwhile, media across New York State announced that Gov. Cuomo and his former brother-in-law, Robert Kennedy, had been having telephone conversations about the fracking issue. Knowing the tight rein that Cuomo had been keeping on his administration, including leaks, it’s beyond obvious that this information getting out to the public must have had the blessing of the governor. A controlled leak. Could anti-fracking activists breathe with relief, thinking they now had confidence that Cuomo would finally become convinced that he needed to ban fracking in the state? No, because this was a shape-shifting kind of mole with no mention of a ban, just a pause.

Also obvious was the fact that the person whom he consulted and who reported the consultation sympathetically to the media, is a family member of one of the major presidential families in the U.S. It’s well known that Cuomo has his sights set on 2016. So does Hillary Clinton. And, maybe, so does Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. A March 1, 2013 poll showed Christie well ahead of Cuomo. Undoubtedly, Cuomo knew of this. This is a weird kind of mole that you don’t know whether to whack it or not.

The health study that’s being used as the reason for Cuomo to further delay his decision is being touted as a "large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment" of drilling in Pennsylvania that will look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near wells and other facilities that are producing natural gas from the same Marcellus Shale formation that New York would tap.” Unsaid is the well known fact that industry practice is to force those sickened, whose drinking water they polluted, whose animals died, to sign confidentiality “agreements” in exchange for a buy out or even simple delivery of water. Therefore, no health study can ever be rigorous while these records remain sealed. Whack! And whack again! The New York Post has an article titled "Gov just fracking around, pols say."

Furthermore, just as the moratorium on fracking in New York State since 2006 has allowed the extension of drilling leases, a downside which members of the New York State Green Party have repeatedly tried to bring to the attention of those fighting fracking, such delay has also allowed the building of additional pipelines, such as the Millennium, and the accompanying compressor stations and metering stations, etc. The Green Party of New York at least since 2010 has been calling for a complete and total ban on fracking as the only answer to this threat and amongst Green Party and other groups, criminalization of the act of fracking. Green Party spokespeople early got a lot of pushback from those who, fearful of the power of the people, were adamant that you could not ban fracking as, supposedly, it was an unconstitutional taking of property. Since then, the takings argument has been weakened, if not debunked by the recognition that a ban on fracking does not prevent a landowner from using the land for other purposes where there is no split estate situation (i.e. the person owning the land is different from the person owning the minerals below the surface, which is a whole other discussion). Many things and processes are already banned at state and federal levels which arguably are much less life threatening than fracking. The Green Party has been well ahead on the fracking issue, pointing out early that the practice is inherently dangerous, toxic and a major threat to human, animal and planetary health, all borne out by later studies.

And, of course, with expected exportation of NG from import terminals now being converted to export terminals, the price of NG will increase to the benefit of industry and the detriment of homeowners and small businesses. The delay for the health study will also provide time for the conversion of these terminals.

NG is a grand bargaining chip in Obama’s holster (mixing metaphors, yes) when he’s dealing with Europe, Asia and Russia, a chip not to be taken away from him by the likes of activists against fracking. Perhaps. The choice therefore for activists is whether to be pawns or people.

Stay tuned and keep a Whack a Mole mallet handy.

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Cecile Lawrence, Ph.D., J.D., is a member of the Green Party of New York State and ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 and county legislature in 2011.

Blueprint Binghamton: Green Infrastructure

March 6, 2013 by pegjohnston

 

This Week’s First Blueprint Binghamton Community Discussion
To Focus On Green Infrastructure
BINGHAMTON, NY—The City of Binghamton hosts its first monthly “Blueprint Binghamton - Community Discussion” this Thursday, March 7th, at the Broome County Library, noon – 2:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public including lunch, courtesy of series sponsor Citizens Bank.
In partnership with the Livable Communities Alliance, the NYS Office of Smart Growth, and Empire State Futures, the series is provided to supplement the city’s long range planning effort Blueprint Binghamton by stimulating community discussion around topics that impact the livability and viability of our community.
“Blueprint Binghamton is an exciting opportunity to build on all the transformative changes we’ve made the last seven years,” said Mayor Ryan. “This is about bringing everybody to the table, and based on their input and hopes, charting a bold, long-term vision and action plan for our shared future. We had an incredible open house launch this last Friday in downtown, and thanks to Citizens Bank and our partners, we’re launching this week a very compelling series of free community discussions. We welcome all those interested to register now to reserve a seat.”
More than 30 individuals have already registered for Thursday’s discussion, which is nearing capacity, and those interested can register by calling the city’s Economic Development Office at 772-7161 or filling out the online form at www.blueprintbinghamton.com. For each workshop, all participants in attendance will have the chance of winning a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant. For those participants who attend five workshops or more AND complete the online feedback surveys for each, will have their names entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 16GB with Wi-Fi valued at $300.

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