Privatizing Willow Point: An Attack on Working Families, Moms, and Kids

By Andrew J Pragacz               ajrpragacz@gmail.com

The sky’s been falling on Willow Point for 20 years, that is if you believe county officials. A recently released $100,000 report commissioned by Broome County to assess Willow Point’s finances, however, demonstrates that Willow Point is not as bad off as the rhetoric suggests. The nursing home is not losing money hand-over-fist, nor is the county making up any “shortfalls.” Read the rest of this entry »


We Manage to “Get By”

With a combined total of more than 80 years of employment in Broome County, a 66 year old woman named Rebecca, her mother, age 87 and her daughter, now going back to school, are living together and manage to “get by.” Rebecca has two other adult children who live out of town. Read the rest of this entry »


Come to NYS and Pick the Taxpayer’s Pocket

By Dave Duncan

Many residents of the Broome area get sick when they see the logo which tells big businesses how they can operate ten year tax free in NYS. NYS already leads the nation in Corporate Welfare even before the newly advertised Start Up NY plan.      Read the rest of this entry »


Activist Notes: Binghamton Students Fight Inequality on Campus

By: Students for Change                                                                                                            This semester Binghamton students have been organizing for change. As vague as that word often sounds, we’re attempting to fundamentally alter the climate of our campus community. “Students for Change” emerged as an umbrella organization inspired by the BlackLivesMatter protests, a national movement challenging the blatant disregard for black and brown life by the police and legal system. On campus this movement has evolved to one dedicated to fighting for a variety of causes, including an end to racism, sexism, and homophobia, among others faces of discrimination.  Read the rest of this entry »


Single-Person Train Crews, Crumbling Overpasses, and Bomb Trains: Lighting a Fire in Binghamton?

A potential rule change by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would mandate minimum two-person crews on all trains in the US. While we should all be thankful this rule is being considered (the railway industry is mobilized against the rule change), the fact that such a rule is necessary, because one person crews are charged with 3 mile long trains full of all manner of chemicals and cargo, should be disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »


Why is the Broome County Government Cheating the Poor?

By Dave Duncan

The Sales Tax

The largest share of the Broome County Government’s budget comes from the sales tax. We are led to believe that the sales tax hits every consumer equally since each person purchasing a taxable item pays the same amount. Whether it is buying clothing, spark plugs for your car, a comb or a pizza, everyone pays the same amount. Isn’t that fair? Read the rest of this entry »


The Public Needs Guarantees

Developers, bankers, and SUNY chiefs are all gearing up for the announcement that $500 million of NYS tax dollars will be poured into the Southern Tier to stimulate the economy. The working people are not enthused. Over the past 30 years there have been many hundreds of publically financed schemes that have only lined the pockets of a few while leaving the area an economic disaster region. Read the rest of this entry »