As a small business owner myself, I know full-well how economically challenged upstate New York State is. The economic policies of our state government in Albany are not good and they're making life here in Broome County much harder than it should be. That having been said, I still get up every morning and begin looking for economic opportunities for the people of our community, because expanding the economic pie makes everyone happier.
Making Room for New Business
Old buildings often stand in the way of new development. Such was the case of the old EJ building across from West Endicott Park. This landmark building went from being a pillar of the community to a boat anchor. It took Broome County years of legal wrangling, but we were finally able to wrestle the blighted property from its absentee landlords and sell it to National Pipe for $100,000. National Pipe then built both a manufacturing plant and its headquarters there.
SUNY-Broome Culinary School
Thanks to joint county-state efforts, the former Carnegie Library on Exchange Street in downtown Binghamton will be brought back to life as the SUNY Broome (BCC) Culinary Arts Center. As a restaurant owner myself, I'm very happy to see food playing such a large roll in the redevelopment of our economy.
Dark Fiber Comes to Broome County
High speed internet isn’t just a luxury for those watching movies online. It’s the basis for high‐tech jobs, more reliable communicaons,
and the foundaon on which new technologies are built. That's why I’m excited that Broome County has entered into an agreement to route the latest, extremely high-bandwidth, “dark fiber” network through our county.