On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Binghamton Council of Governments will host a Town Hall Meeting with Unshackle Upstate to discuss the future of our schools and municipalities.

What:         Unshackle Upstate Town Hall Meeting

When:       Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Where:     Broome Community College Room D201

(Decker Health Sciences Bldg.)

Time:      4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost:       FREE –  Pre-Register HERE

For  UU followers in the Binghamton area, it is essential that you participate in this program and here’s why:

In the weeks ahead, proposed school budgets will be released, making it evident that New York laws have historically served special interest groups at the expense of its students.  Several districts in the Binghamton area have proposed to cut dozens of teaching staff and eliminate what they have identified as “non-mandated” program or curriculum. This means they will get rid of business programs, arts, music and AP courses.

 As taxpayers, you have one of two options:  pass a school budget that exceeds the 2% tax cap or approve the elimination of jobs and vital school programs.   Neither of these options benefits taxpayers nor do they address the structural problems within our schools. 

But there are other options.

Schools can continue to provide quality education and we can receive services that we have come to rely on.


Unshackle Upstate has offered a third option: The Let NY Work Agenda. This six-point plan supports Governor Cuomo’s Tier VI proposal and empowers schools and municipalities to manage costs in a way that benefits students and taxpayers.

We’ll be talking about these solutions at our Town Hall meeting. You should be there, because it is essential that we do our part to make our communities affordable.