When Judy heard the loud pops outside she assumed it was fireworks so popular at end of term parties. When she looked out from her State St. apartment a very different scene materialized. Presumably drunken students had scattered recycling all over the street and the popping noise was cars running over bottles and cans. The annual Pub Crawl, which has bled … [Read more...] about In Loco Parentis?
Citizen Action Condemns Anti-Semitic Violence, Shows Solidarity with Jewish Communities Albany, NY— In response to the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in New York, Ivette Alfonso, president at Citizen Action of New York, released the following statement: “We condemn the recent rash of anti-Semitic violence in New York and across the country. This has been a … [Read more...] about Citizen Action Condemns Anti-Semitic Violence
Transformations: The Visionary Art of Jerome Weinberger will be at the Cooperative Gallery for the month of June. The special guest exhibit will feature some 30 selected works by Jerome Weinberger from the Museum of the Transformed Object. "Jerome Weinberger created wonderfully thought provoking sculptures from found objects. They're intriguing, as well … [Read more...] about Transformations: The Visionary Art of Jerome Weinberger
ALBANY, NY (May 6, 2021) – Yesterday, the New York State Assembly passed the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together (START) Act, S.674 (Ramos)/A.459 (Gottfried), a critical bill that would help survivors of labor and sex trafficking move forward with their lives. This will allow trafficking survivors to overcome previously insurmountable barriers … [Read more...] about Bill for Survivors of Human Trafficking Passes
As reported previously here at The Bridge, Binghamton is in line for $48 million in flexible federal aid to support recovery efforts as we emerge from the crushing impacts and trauma wrought by the pandemic. The first $24 million is expected by May 10, and the second half will be wired by the US Treasury around May 2022. The deadline to spend funds is … [Read more...] about $48 Million for An Equitable Recovery in Binghamton: Commit at Least Half to Housing Justice
Concerned students, faculty, and community members are gathering together online via Zoom on Sunday April 18th from 4-6 pm to host an Anti-Racist Town Hall to discuss racism in Binghamton together as a community, both its history and its latest incarnations (see below). How can we move Concerned students, faculty, and community members are gathering together … [Read more...] about Anti-Racist Town Hall April 18th.
Local leaders all over the country—Republican and Democrats—are elated by the eye-popping federal aid awards included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. As reported previously here at The Bridge, the City of Binghamton is slated to receive about $48 million, and the Town of Union is in line for $32 million. The U.S. Treasury is required to … [Read more...] about The Federal Aid Windfall is not a Political Slush Fund: Here’s Why the Smart Move from Local Leaders Right Now is Patience
Back in 2009 and 2010, as local governments started to drown in the wreckage of the Great Recession, Washington didn’t even bother to show up to lend a hand. Our federal leaders from both parties were too busy shoveling tax dollars to the very same Wall Street firms that imploded our economy and ultimately wiped-out billions in household wealth, with Black … [Read more...] about The Money Coming to Local Governments under Biden’s American Rescue Plan is Staggering and Fully Flexible: We Must Not Let Mayors, County Executives, and Governors Squander this Unprecedented Opportunity
BINGHAMTON - In November 2019, a multi-million dollar transaction in student rental housing on Binghamton’s west side went completely unnoticed and unreported. Over three days that month, Stonebridge Property Group (SPG), a private equity firm from New York City, acquired 34 Binghamton properties—33 residential properties on the west side in the “college … [Read more...] about NYC Equity Firm Makes Multi-Million Dollar Bet on Binghamton’s Student Rental Market: Outdated, Inequitable Assessment System Exposed
By Robert Ruane Jr. As the decade of the 2010s ended, there was a lot of enjoyable new music to be found, and I wanted to share some of my favorites—mostly under the Americana umbrella. There is a site called New Releases Now.com, focusing on a variety of genres. Songs I enjoy include Steel Pulse’s socially-conscious reggae song “Cry Cry Blood” and Mavis … [Read more...] about Finding and Listening to Good New Music—Part 2