The school held a tour of its new Culinary and Events Center Monday afternoon. The restaurant owners were there to learn about what impact the center could have on their business. The center will host SUNY Broome’s hospitality programs and train the employees that could fill job openings local restaurants are looking to fill. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — SUNY Broome’s new culinary school is nearing its completion. Local restaurant owners are getting a taste of what it has to offer. “I think it’s a real game changer,” said Paul VanSavage of Southern Tier Independent Restaurants. “Students who go through this program will find jobs all over our community. There’s not a day that goes on that there’s not an opening of one kind or another in the restaurant industry in this town.” Classes in the center will begin in the spring semester. The $21.5 million project transformed the historic Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton into the center.
He was also on the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019. Andrew Hafer was named the new president and CEO. Roseann Cole, Chairman of the Board of Directors said, “[Hafer] is such an asset to our community and the Chamber is pleased and excited to have him on board.” OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announced a new president and CEO Monday morning. He worked with Tioga Opportunities since 2007 and served as the Energy Services Director, Community Services and Operations Manager. Hafer will replace current Chamber President and CEO Gwen Kania. Kania has served as president and CEO since 2014 and worked in the chamber for over a decade. Hafer starts his role as president and CEO on May 29.
Taylor said the playground and entire park means a lot to her family, which inspired her to put the event together. People of all ages stepped up, picking up any trash around the area outside of the caution tape. Christy Taylor put together the event, and said over 1,000 people expressed interest in helping. “This is a park that’s loved by our entire community so we want to make sure we keep it nice and clean, we’ve been in our houses for so long we thought this would be a great way to get the whole community together,” Taylor said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Hundreds of volunteers came together to start cleaning Recreation Park, after a fire destroyed the Our Space playground early Monday morning. The cleanup avoided the playground itself, as Mayor Rich David said people can’t touch that area due to insurance reasons. Volunteers were donning “Binghamton Strong” t-shirts. Taylor said more events are planned for the future. Mayor David says about $120,000 have been raised to rebuild the playground. That number does not include donations that businesses have pledged as well.
There is no gas-delivery rate increase for the first year. NYSEG says it has filed a proposed rate-case settlement with the New York Public Service Commission. In addition to this, gas-delivery rates will be increased by 0.8 and 1.6 percent in the second and third rate years. This will cause a monthly bill increase of $0.55 and $1.20 respectfully. The first-year rate increase is 4.6 percent, which translates to a 2.3 percent bill increase for NYSEG electric customers. The second and third-rate years, the company says its electric-delivery increase will be 9.1 percent each year, resulting in a monthly bill increase of $4.13 to $5.54. NYSEG says the settlement will also provide customers with COVID-19 relief, support for clean energy, investments into aging infrastructure and more. (WBNG) — Starting in October, NYSEG customers will pay an extra $2.49 for their electricity. The rate increases were scheduled for May of 2020, but were delayed due to the coronavirus.
(WBNG) — A Broome County Grand Jury has dropped charges against Eric N. VanFossen of Endwell in the investigation into the death of a man who was riding his motorcycle recklessly in the town of Union on the night of Aug. 18. Initially, the sheriff’s office arrested 48-year-old John Hughes and charged him with manslaughter in the 2nd degree for extending a shovel onto to the road in an attempt to slow the motorcycle down. VanFossen was charged with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. “In this case, following an extensive investigation by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, a Grand Jury reviewed several hours of witness testimony, along with other evidence and video surveillance. The Grand Jury made the determination, based on their review of this case, the facts, although tragic, did not rise to the level necessary to move forward with criminal charges.” In a statement, the Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak said: VanFossen was arrested and charged later. His charges were dropped on Oct. 15.
Specifically, Lupardo says the state needs to make sure the Nourish New York program continues to help those get the resources they need. They say $3 billon remaining from the CARES Act to help non-profits that needs to be released by Governor Cuomo. Executive leaders also mentioned because of the pandemic over two million New Yorkers are now food insecure Lupardo says without the funding, New York’s most vulnerable could be left without necessary programs and services they depend on. “Because children who go to sleep hungry and parents who are hungry are not going to be effective they are not going to learn well,” Lupardo said. “They are not going to thrive.” ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and other lawmakers are calling for funds to help nonprofits.