Enforce the laws: slave labor, abuse and illegalities at the Broome County jail

On April 18, 2024 Legal Services filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Frederick J. Akshar, Broome County Jail administrator Robert Charpinsky, Corrections Officer Philip Stephens, Broome County, and Trinity Services Group (the jail’s food subcontractor headquartered in Florida). It charges them with enslaving free persons, forced and unpaid labor, harmful and unlawful coercion, and violating state […]

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JUST Press Release: Lawsuit reveals slavery in BC Jail

Justice and Unity in the Southern Tier (JUST) April 18, 2024 Contacts: Andrew Pragacz, 651-747-6316, Rozann Greco 607-348-3868 Emails: ajrpragacz@gmail.com, rozanngreco@gmail.com An astonishing lawsuit was filed today by Josh Cotter of Legal Services of Central New York against the Broome County Sheriff, jail officials, and food service provider Trinity Services. The inflammatory charge? The reinstitution

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Binghamton City Council Business Meeting Report – 4.10.24

Counterpoint: No it wasn’t. This is a summary of legislation voted on at the 4/10/24 Binghamton City Council Business Meeting. Plus a report on the recent Finance Committee Meeting. Agenda Packet Video REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES (AND BOARDS) SET PUBLIC HEARINGS The City of Binghamton will hold a Public Hearing regarding RL24-71 “A resolution authorizing the

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Binghamton City Council Business Meeting Report – 3.27.24

This is a summary of legislation voted on at the 3/27/24 Binghamton City Council Business Meeting. Plus local news! I usually post these on Reddit at r/Binghamton as well, but I was banned from the subreddit and called antisemitic just for supporting a Ceasefire in Gaza. I’ll now be posting recaps in the subrreddit r/BinghamtonLeft

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Binghamton City Council Business Meeting Report – 3.13.24

This is a summary of legislation voted on at the 3/13/24 Binghamton City Council Business Meeting. Plus local news! Video Agenda Packet APPOINTMENTS 1. Commission on the Conservation of the Environment Chair – Luke Day (proposed by Hotchkiss) – Approved 7-0 2. Planning Commission – Kyle Nedlick (Proposed by the mayor) – Approved 5-2 (Porter,

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Binghamton City Council Work Session Report – 3.11.2024

This is a summary of legislation discussed at the Binghamton City Council Work Session on March 11th, 2024. These Requests for Legislation would be voted on at the City Council Business Meeting on March 27th. Video Agenda Packet RL24-47 Amend the 2024 Parks budget to pay a responsibility adjustment to Acting Parks Commissioner until 4/21/2024 

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Binghamton City Council Business Meeting Report – 2.28.24

This is a summary of legislation voted on at the 2/28/24 Binghamton City Council Business Meeting. I’ll be using the second half of these Business Meeting recaps to highlight some recent city government press releases, which are mostly printed word for word with no scrutiny or contrasting viewpoints by local news outlets. Journalism as a

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