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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.

Sierra Club Looks at NYS Energy Plan

August 19, 2014 by bingsierra

The Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents "An Environmental Review of the Draft NYS Energy Policy" by Consulting Engineer Andre LaClair at its first fall meeting on Tues., Sept. 16. LaClair, Broome County Environmental Management Council Co-Vice Chair and Chair of Fenton’s Conservation Advisory Committee, will recommend strategies to promote environmental health and stewardship of energy resources and to incorporate the global warming potential of different energy sources into New York State’s energy portfolio.
The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., September 16 at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

PAY YOUR WAY, OR ELSE - The Axe

August 6, 2014 by activ60

Who came up with the idea that the BC Mental Health Clinic should pay for itself?
One could write a book about the inherent stigma within that idea. But that is the
Mantra given to the county therapists by the MH Commissioner; that they have to pay for their benefits and salary.
They have to generate enough income. Truth is they are at over 83% average productivity with some at 99%.
Does the Public Works dept do that? Do you pay a toll on your road for the pavement?
Does the Office of Management & Budget, Elections, Environmental Mgmt,
Info Technology, depts., etc totally pay for themselves?
NO, the legislature chooses the priorities of where your tax dollar is spent.
This is really about the underinsured, UNinsured, reduced insurance reimbursement and reduced state and federal funding. So why take it out on the workers and the clients?
“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear.” C. S. Lewis.
That is why the mentally ill of Broome County deserve a fair share of your dollar.

Argentina Braces For Default

July 29, 2014 by Advocacy

 Argentina is likely to default barring a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations with hold-outs or a court order. Argentina's grace period to pay bonds restructured after its 2001 default expires July 30th. United States District Judge Thomas Griesa ruled Argentina cannot pay the 92% of restructured bond holders unless Argentina also pays hold-out predatory hedge funds in full.

"Argentina is hours from default," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious financial reform organization, Jubilee USA Network. "At this point, a deal seems unlikely. Argentina may decide that the cost of default is less than the cost of compliance."

Representatives from Argentina and the hedge fund, NML Capital, continue to meet with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in an attempt to negotiate a settlement.

"At issue in the court's ruling is the question of parity," shared LeCompte. "The International Monetary Fund and the US Justice Department argue that the hold-outs should be paid the same amount that the 92% of restructured bond holders agreed to be paid."

The International Monetary Fund noted that the court's ruling could make it more difficult for countries to restructure their debts by making it more attractive for creditors to hold-out. The US government filed a brief on behalf of Argentina before the US Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that a ruling in favor of the hold-out creditors would harm core US debt policy. The US government also argued that a ruling against Argentina might harm New York's standing as a global financial center as countries seek to sign debt contracts elsewhere to avoid the precedent set by this case. In June, the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on the case. The court ruling could also impact related cases in New York concerning Grenada and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The impact of this case is global," said LeCompte, who serves on expert groups related to the case at the United Nations. "Argentina is the first victim from the court's ruling. It looks like Grenada and the Democratic Republic of Congo may be the next victims."

Read a history and timeline of the case.

Read Jubilee's USA's filing urging the Supreme Court to take case.

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

BROOME COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

June 17, 2014 by activ60

Thurs 4:30pm Save BC Clinic PRESS CONFERENCE
Hawley St in front of the County Office Bldg

Thurs 5:00 pm ATTEND THE BC LEGISLATIVE MEETING
6th Floor BC Office Bldg - Roll up your sign(no sticks) and be a presence.
Continue the Momentum !!!

Thurs 6:00 pm PIZZA and Share and Care Meeting
At CSEA Office 33 W. State St, Corner of State & Hawley, next to Dillinger’s.
RSVP, please confirm for either or both Wed or Thurs to:
Karen: 1-800-342-4146 X 1302

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.

NY Energy Plan Needs More Action

May 8, 2014 by pegjohnston

 Governor Cuomo's Draft 2014 NY Energy Plan sets some bold goals for addressing climate disruption, but offers no concrete action steps.
What we need is to dramatically accelerate the switch to solar, wind, and water power. Cornell professor Dr. Tony Ingraffea describes one possible plan for achieving 100% renewable energy in NY by 2050 and Program Director of Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) Jessica Azulay describes how planning and policies can either speed up or delay the switch to renewable's.
"There are considerable economic and social benefits of a rapid switch to renewable energy".
See how in this online video recently produced at a meeting in Ithaca NY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvMklP0jpFM&list=PLJ4sBXNT-ETo5xDnAcFAeGU...
See the draft of the Governors 2014 NY Energy Plan at www.energyplan.ny.gov where any citizen can make comments by the deadline of May 31 2014. To see a state-by-state plan for renewable's, go to www.thesolutionsproject.org.
James Little

Sierra Club Speaker Discusses Green Parking, Urban Planning and Sustainability

April 30, 2014 by bingsierra

"Sustainability and The Future of Parking - Green Garage Innovation" is the topic of the next Sierra Club meeting -- on May 20.
Sustainability has become more than a buzz word – it has seeped into corporate reporting, financial investment, building design, energy initiatives, mobility approaches and urban planning. Elizabeth Way of the New York City Green Parking Council will give an overview of some management approaches, will discuss how sustainability can impact urban planning, and will explore how sustainability could affect redevelopment of downtown Binghamton and its future parking plans.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., May 20 at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott.
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

SUNY Broome Community College Art Professor Hall Groat II Exhibits at Beard Gallery, SUNY Cortland

April 7, 2014 by Hall Groat II

WELL WORTH THE STRUGGLE:
RECENT WORK BY HALL GROAT SR AND HALL GROAT II

Beard Gallery, The Cultural Council of Cortland County

April 4-May 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8PM
Gallery Talk Links:
https://vimeo.com/91072785

http://youtu.be/joZFeboYK-8

Central New York Contemporary artists, Hall Groat Sr. of Manlius and Hall Groat II of Endwell, will be exhibiting a thought-provoking and adventurous cross-section of recent oil paintings in an exhibit entitled, Well Worth the Struggle, which explores the formal and conceptual relationships between the work of father and son artists. The exhibit invites the viewer to examine the duality between Hall Groat II’s mysterious, often satirical mannerist still-life metaphors that blur the boundaries between the familiar and the unconventional, and Hall Groat Sr’s evocative, painterly architectural, landscape and figurative work that melds representation with abstraction, making allusions to 20th century Modernism.

Hall Groat Sr, an American Impressionist painter is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fines Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full-time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art.

Painter Hall Groat II, professor and chair of Art and Design at SUNY Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

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.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

Sierra Club to Honor Augie Mueller -- Lifetime Bicyclist

December 10, 2013 by bingsierra

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;

Get the Scoop on Yogurt Businesses and Water Safety Regulations

December 4, 2013 by bingsierra

 

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., December 17 at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The topic is: "Relaxing of NYS Regulations on Dairy Farms – Threats to Our Water So We Can Have More Greek Yogurt," with speaker Erin Riddle.

Recent media attention highlighted Gov. Cuomo’s attempt to change the regulations for CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), raising the threshold requirement for a permit from 199 animal units to 299. As a result, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter filed a lawsuit challenging NYS’s decision as a violation of the Clean Water Act.

But what are CAFOs, how adequately are they regulated, and what impact do they have on public health, local democracy, local food systems, rural economies, and animals? Riddle will offer some observations in response to these questions and some potential solutions.

Riddle was born on a small dairy farm in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, NY, and has since lived in several cities across the state. She chairs the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter (SCAC) Farm & Food Committee, serves on the SCAC Executive Committee and the Susquehanna Group Executive Committee. In addition, she is coordinator of the SCAC campaign to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law in NYS. Currently she is finishing up a Ph.D. program at Binghamton University and teaches at Elmira College.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

Building a Solar Energy Future in Broome County

October 1, 2013 by bingsierra

October 15, 7-9 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents:

The Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents: "Building a Solar Energy Future in Broome County"

Join Gay Canough from ETM Solar, Elizabeth Broad from Catskill Mountainkeeper and Scott Lauffer from the Sierra Club to discuss and explore a solar energy future. There will be practical hands on time for building solar gadgets and sizing up a solar system for your house, testimonials from people who have solar systems and discussion on what policy changes or efforts can be done at the local and state levels to advance solar energy. Come at 7 p.m. if you are interested in the hands-on projects or 7:30 for the rest of the program.

For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

City Asks Residents Who Are Interested To Complete A Street Tree Request Form

September 30, 2013 by pegjohnston

BINGHAMTON, NY— Today, the City of Binghamton announced an initiative to plant over 100 trees throughout the city.

The city has limited funds for tree planting and intends to plant approximately 100 trees this fall. Residents interested in having trees planted in the utility strip in front of their property are encouraged to apply by submitting a street tree application. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Only sites with adequate utility strip space and utility clearance will be considered for plantings.

Applicants are asked to complete the Street Tree Request Form and return it by Friday, October 18th at noon to the Parks Department, which administers this program. There is no charge for the tree planting. Forms are available in the Parks Department, 3rd Floor of City Hall, and on the City's website.

The Street Tree Program is part of the City’s Comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan, which was built from the ground-up over the last six years.

For more information, please contact the Parks Department at (607) 772-7017, or parks@cityofbinghamton.com, or visit the City’s Urban Forestry Initiatives page.

Sierra Club Hosts Talk About Elephant Survival

August 20, 2013 by bingsierra

&nb For immediate release: August 21, 2013

Contact: Lee Shepherd, 722-9327

Sierra Club Susquehanna Group

leeshepherd609@gmail.com

Elephant Preservation is Topic of September Sierra Club Talk

Endicott -- The Sierra Club Susquehanna Group will host Don and Karen Glauber on Tues., Sept. 17 in a talk about the Asian Elephants' struggle for their survival. Through stories, photographs, videos and short documentary from the Glaubers' trips to Thailand over the last five years, they will share personal experiences with these beautiful animals and address historical, political and cultural background to shed light on their present crisis. Their journey of love, wonder and fascination with these gentle giants and the people who have devoted their lives to rescuing and healing them at Elephant Nature Park, will provide the orientation point for the presentation. They also will explore what is and can be done to help elephants being exploited or mistreated in captivity throughout our planet. Suggested reading for this presentation is "Elephants on the Edge" by G.A. Bradshaw, ISBN# 0300237317.

Presenters: Don Glauber, Psychologist, Yoga Instructor; Karen Glauber, Communication Disorder Therapist. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Central United Methodist Church, 17, Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. Parking lot is behind the church.

The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest and most influential environmental organizations in the United States. For additional information, contact Scott Lauffer at lauffer.scott@gmail.com. This meeting is free and open to all, members and non-members alike, and refreshments will be served after the talk.

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