is a city
in, and the county seat
of, Broome County
, New York
, United States
It lies in the state's hilly Southern Tier
region near the Pennsylvania
border, in a bowl-shaped valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna
Binghamton is the principal city and cultural center
of the Binghamton metropolitan area
(also known as Greater Binghamton, or historically the Triple Cities), home to a quarter million people.
The city's population, according to the 2010 census
, is 47,376.
From the days of the railroad
, Binghamton was a transportation crossroads and a manufacturing center, and has been known at different times for the production of cigars, shoes, and computers.IBM
was founded nearby, and the flight simulator
was invented in the city, leading to a notable concentration of electronics- and defense-oriented firms. This sustained economic prosperity earned Binghamton the moniker of the Valley of Opportunity
However, the job cuts defense firms made after the Cold War
led the region to lose a large part of its manufacturing industry.
Today, while there is a continued concentration of high-tech firms, Binghamton is emerging as a healthcare- and education-focused city, with Binghamton University
acting as much of the driving force behind this revitalization.
The first known people of European descent to come to the area were the troops of the Sullivan Expedition
in 1779, during the American Revolutionary War
, who destroyed local villages of the Onondaga
The city was named after William Bingham
, a wealthy Philadelphian who bought the 10,000 acre patent
for the land in 1786, then consisting of parts of the towns of Union
Joshua Whitney, Jr., Bingham's land agent, chose land at the junction of the Chenango
Rivers to develop a settlement, then named Chenango Point
, and helped build its roads and erect the first bridge
Significant agricultural growth led to the incorporation of the village
of Binghamton in 1834.
Valley of Opportunity: Growth as a manufacturing hub
Binghamton incorporated as a city
in 1867 and, due to the presence of several stately homes, was nicknamed the Parlor City
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many immigrants moved to the area, finding an abundance of jobs. During the 1880s, Binghamton became the second-largest manufacturer of cigars
in the United States.
By the early 1920s, Endicott Johnson
, a shoe manufacturer whose development of welfare capitalism
resulted in many amenities for local residents, became the region's largest employer.
An even larger influx of Europeans immigrated to Binghamton, and the working class prosperity resulted in the area being called the Valley of Opportunity.
In 1913, 31 people perished in the Binghamton Clothing Company fire
, which resulted in reforms to the New York fire code.
Major floods in 1935 and 1936 resulted in a number of deaths and washed out the Ferry Street Bridge (now the Clinton Street Bridge). The floods led the city to build flood walls along the length of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.
Decline and recovery
development led to a decline in the city's population and the rapid growth of the towns of Vestal
Like many other Rust Belt
cities, traditional manufacturers saw steep declines, though Binghamton's technology industry limited this impact. Urban renewal
efforts to reverse these trends dominated construction in the city during the 1960s and early 1970s and led to the destruction of many ornate city buildings.
The construction included the creation of Government Plaza
, the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
, and the Brandywine Highway
While these projects failed to stem most of the losses, though they did establish Binghamton as the region's government and cultural center.
The city's population declined from approximately 64,000 in 1969 to 56,000 by the early 1980s.
As the Cold War ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, defense-related industries in the Binghamton area began to falter, resulting in several closures and widespread layoffs
These were most notable at IBM, which sold its Federal Systems
division and laid off several thousands of workers.
The local economy went into a deep recession, and the long-prevalent manufacturing jobs dropped by 64% from 1990 to 2013.
In the 21st century, the city has tried to diversify its economic base to spur revitalization. The local economy has slowly transitioned toward services and healthcare.
Major emphasis has been placed on Binghamton University
, which built a downtown campus in 2007 
and several student housing complexes.
The increased downtown residential population and the university's plans to build additional student housing have spurred development of supporting businesses and a renewed focus on the riverfront.
Unfortunately, two severe floods have stymied the recovery: While most of the impact of the Mid-Atlantic United States flood of 2006
was in the surrounding metropolitan area, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee
topped city flood walls in September 2011, causing $1 billion of damage in greater Binghamton.
Confluence Park, facing west toward the confluence of the Susquehanna
(left) and Chenango
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has an area of 11.14 square miles (28.9 km2
). 10.49 square miles (27.2 km2
) of it is land and 0.65 square miles (1.7 km2
) of it (5.83%) is water.
Binghamton, like all of the Southern Tier
of New York, lies on the Allegheny Plateau
, hence its hilly terrain. As such, elevations can vary in the city--Downtown
, for example, is at an elevation of around 860 feet, while residential homes in the hills can go up to over 1,800 feet, such as on Ingram Hill. The highest peak in Binghamton is Table Rock Ridge, which is at 1,854 feet.
The Downtown area is at the confluence of the Chenango
Rivers, in the middle of a long but relatively narrow valley.
The north branch of the Susquehanna River
passes south of downtown. This branch rises in eastern New York and receives a number of tributaries above Binghamton. In the center of the city, the Chenango River
feeds into the Susquehanna from the north at Confluence Park. The Binghamton River Trail, a 1.5 mile trail along the Chenango, runs between Cheri Lindsey Park on the Northside and Confluence Park in Downtown.
Eleven bridges span the rivers inside city limits. Broome County has 17.5 miles of levees
, many of which are in Binghamton.
Major floods have occurred in 1865, 1935, 1936, 2006
, and 2011
Downtown at night
The incorporation of Binghamton united various communities on both shores of the two rivers. The majority of the city's population and development lies along the rolling terrain nearest the riverbanks with sparse development in the hills that define the city limits. The old city was laid out on a grid system by Joshua Whitney, Jr.,
but as development spread to the outer regions of the city and merged with other settlements, several grids were eventually juxtaposed against each other. In the Southside, the grid breaks down, as more curvilinear roads make up the predominantly residential areas along the hills.
Security Mutual Life Building (1905), a Beaux-Arts
landmark by T. I. Lacey & Son
Away from downtown, most of the buildings are single- and multi-family dwellings, along with low-rise business buildings lining commercial arteries. Along the railroad corridors, several factories, mostly abandoned, rise above the otherwise-uniform landscape.
runs through the West Side, and continues west to serve as Main Street in the villages of Johnson City
. On the east side of the Chenango River, the road becomes Court Street
, the major east-west artery in downtown and the East Side.
North Side, along Chenango Street
Binghamton is divided into seven neighborhoods. Downtown Binghamton
, also known as Center City, is home to most of the city's largest buildings and government services. Located at the northeast corner of the river confluence and increasingly populated by college students, it supports a flourishing arts scene.
The North Side
is across the Norfolk Southern
rail tracks from downtown, along the Chenango River.
The North Side is a light commercial and working-class residential area of the city, with Chenango Street serving as its major artery. The East Side
lies east of the Brandywine Highway
, along the north bank of the Susquehanna River. The neighborhood is largely residential with commercial corridors along Robinson and Court streets, and it has pockets of industrial development along its borders.
Across the Chenango River lies the West Side
, a primarily residential neighborhood along the banks of the Susquehanna that has a combination of family homes, student housing, and stately mansions. Main Street's large supermarkets, pharmacies, bank branches, pubs, restaurants, auto shops, and a few strip malls form the West Side's commercial corridor.
The First Ward
, a largely residential neighborhood opposite the railroad tracks from the West Side, is best known for Antique Row, a series of antique shops that line Clinton Street. This part of the city is home to several gold-domed Christian churches built by the area's many Eastern European immigrants.
It is also home to several large supermarkets, churches, pharmacies, bank branches, a few bars and restaurants as well as mom and pop
shops that provide such goods as video games and music. Ely Park, Binghamton's northernmost neighborhood, contains its municipal golf course.
It lies on parts of Prospect Mountain and other hills north of the First Ward.
lies along the south bank of the Susquehanna River and is connected to downtown by several bridges. At the base of the historic South Washington Street Bridge
is the Southbridge commercial district.
The neighborhood is partitioned into two neighborhood assemblies, divided by Pennsylvania Avenue and Southbridge, due to their distinct characters.
Southside East has working-class residences and some public housing projects, while Southside West is primarily made up of larger middle-class residences.
Binghamton has a humid continental climate
), with cold, snowy winters and warm, wet summers.
Summers in Binghamton are typified by warm yet temperate days, and there are an average of only 2.6 days annually where the high exceeds 90 °F (32 °C), with the highest recorded temperature at 98 °F (37 °C) on July 16, 1988.
Winters are somewhat less moderate, with 5.8 days with sub-0 °F (−18 °C) lows annually on average; the lowest recorded temperature was −20 °F (−29 °C) on January 15, 1957.
As with most cities in upstate New York, precipitation in Binghamton is spread evenly throughout the year.
Binghamton is the 10th rainiest city in the United States, with 162 rainy days a year.
With 212 cloudy days annually, it is also the seventh cloudiest city in the country, and the cloudiest east of the Rocky Mountains
Binghamton's proximity to the Great Lakes
results in significant cloudiness and precipitation. Weather systems traveling over the lake pick up significant moisture, and cooler air masses from the west and the north culminate in a continuously unsettled weather pattern.
As of the census
, 47,376 people, 21,150 households, and 9,986 families resided in the city. The population density
was 4,516.8 per square mile (1,743.9/km2
). There were 23,842 housing units at an average density of 2,273.1 per square mile (877.6/km2
). Of all households, 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.9% were married couples
living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.8% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.94.
Race and ethnicity
Binghamton is home to an ethnically diverse population. During its industrial heyday, thousands of European immigrants moved to the city as they found an abundance of jobs and working-class prosperity. Many Irish, Italians, and Eastern Europeans settled in the area, and the American Civic Association
was created to help their transition to life and assimilation
in the United States.
This inrush led to a temporary rise in the local Ku Klux Klan
during the 1920s, with Binghamton serving as state headquarters. Area residents, who primarily embraced the different cultural heritages, quelled such anti-immigrant sentiment by founding several ethnic organizations and holding ethnic celebrations, at the encouragement of Endicott-Johnson
This has had a lasting effect on the city, which sports many churches and contemporary ethnic festivals, along with a population that is still predominantly white (though steadily decreasing in proportion). As of 2010, Binghamton's racial makeup was 77.6% White
, 11.4% Black
or African American
, 0.3% Native American
, 4.2% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 2.0% from other races
, and 4.4% from two or more races. 6.4% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
Due to its diversity, the region is home to many religious denominations. The First Ward, the historic home to much of the city's Eastern European population, houses several gold domed Orthodox churches.
As a result of its strong Italian and Irish heritage, the largest religious body in Broome County is the Catholic Church.
Binghamton falls under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
. Throughout the county, 105,064 people, or 52.4% of the total population, are listed as congregational adherents.
Until the mid-1950s, Binghamton saw its population grow rapidly due to its industrial boom, and it was one of the largest 100 cities in the United States between 1890 and 1910.
Since 1950, the city has sustained population loss, some of which was the result of suburbanization
Much of the recent population loss has occurred throughout the region, and is skewed toward the younger population, resulting in the growth of the relative proportion of the elderly in Broome County.
Age and sex
In the city, the age distribution was: 19.9% of the population under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The Binghamton metropolitan area
is home to 251,725 people. The MSA
is composed of all of Broome County
and neighboring Tioga County
. The urban area
, which includes parts of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
, has a population of 158,054.
Alternatively defined, the number of people living in an approximately 30-mile radius of the city center is 316,270.
This count includes Broome County and parts of Tioga, Cortland
, and Tompkins
Counties in New York, and parts of Susquehanna, Bradford
, and Wayne
Counties in Pennsylvania.
Income and poverty
The city's median household income was $30,978, and the median family income was $43,436. Males had a median full-time income of $40,170 versus $35,060 for females. The city's per capita income
was $20,576. About 23.6% of families and 33.3% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 47.3% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.
After the boom of the cigar industry in the 1880s,
the Binghamton area became increasingly reliant on large manufacturers, with both Endicott Johnson
, a shoe manufacturer, and IBM
employing 15,000 to 20,000 local workers at their peak.
Other companies with a large historical presence included Link Aviation Devices
, and General Electric
Several other notable businesses started in Binghamton, such as Valvoline
the Nineteen Hundred Washer Company (which merged to form Whirlpool
and Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root
, a famous patent medicine
. Dick's Sporting Goods
began as a fishing store in the East Side in 1948, and was headquartered in Binghamton until 1994.
McIntosh amplifiers, famous for their blue lighted dials
Much of Binghamton's current employment base is oriented toward technology and defense manufacturing, though the sector has been diminishing since 1990.
Areas of specialization include systems integration
, flight simulation
, and printed circuit board
manufacturing. The largest such companies in the area are Lockheed Martin
, BAE Systems
, IBM, Sanmina-SCI
, and Universal Instruments
Other notable technology firms include i3 Electronics, Rockwell Collins
, and L-3 Communications
, which absorbed the Link Aviation operations. Although not a large employer, the McIntosh Laboratory
is a well-known
high-end manufacturer of audio amplifiers, receivers, and other components.
Despite the sustained job losses, the Binghamton MSA had 13% of New York State's computer and electronics manufacturing jobs as of 2010.
Binghamton also has many food services and distribution companies. Maines Paper & Food Service and Willow Run Foods - two of the nation's largest food distributors who serve restaurants throughout the United States - have their headquarters in the area.
Maines is one of the largest private companies in the country. Crowley Foods
, a subsidiary of HP Hood
, maintains headquarters in Binghamton,
has a large plant in the region.
Agriculture has long played a notable role in the regional economy, and the farm bureau
movement started in Binghamton in 1911.
The region has several large shopping areas. Downtown Binghamton is home to a Boscov's
and the development of large student housing projects has led to a resurgence of restaurants and service-oriented businesses.
While downtown was home to several major department stores and the center of regional shopping,
most shopping has moved toward the suburbs. The town of Vestal has several shopping centers and big-box stores
along a five-mile stretch of the Vestal Parkway
The village of Johnson City
is home to the Oakdale Mall
, the area's only indoor super regional mall
Significant commercial development has also taken place in the town of Dickinson
, with many shopping centers just north of the city. In the First Ward, Clinton Street is home to Antique Row, a collection of antique shops.
Primary and secondary education
Binghamton University downtown campus
The city was home to the now-defunct Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute, which was founded in Binghamton in 1850.
NYS Inebriate Asylum, the first of several Isaac Perry
buildings in Binghamton
The suburb of Vestal
is home to the main campus of Binghamton University
. The university, one of four university centers in the SUNY
system, has approximately 15,000 students.
Binghamton University is a selective
top-ranking public university,
and is considered to be a Public Ivy
It also has a large research presence, including a New York State Center of Excellence for small-scale systems integration
. While the campus is in Vestal, many students who live off-campus find housing in the West Side
. There has also been a recent push for student housing downtown to help revitalize the business district.
In addition to its downtown campus, the university operates the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator
in the city,
and it is restoring the New York State Inebriate Asylum
on the East Side for future use.
(formerly Broome Community College) is just north of the city in Dickinson
. A two-year SUNY college, the school has 6,000 commuter students.
Formerly specializing in technical education, SUNY Broome started in downtown Binghamton and stood at the Washington Street Armory until a fire in 1951.
The college built the Student Village residence hall on campus in 2014 to attract residential students.
SUNY Broome also offers courses at several off-campus locations, two of which are in the city.
The college is renovating the former Carnegie Library
into the SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center, which will house its hospitality programs.
Arts and culture
The region has, in the last several years, developed a growing and pervasive arts scene. These include a large cluster of art galleries
and shops centered around downtown Binghamton. These galleries have given rise to the First Friday Art Walk, through the efforts an association of local artists and merchants in Downtown Binghamton.
These events have drawn large crowds downtown since 2004. Artists of local prominence that display or have galleries include photorealist
painter Anthony Brunelli, Orazio Salati, and Marla Olmstead
, a local child who achieved fame in the art world for her abstract art.
The Binghamton Philharmonic
is the region's premiere professional orchestra.
Founded in 1955, it provides symphonic music to all of the Southern Tier
Concerts are performed throughout the year, with a variety of classical, pops and chamber music.
The Tri-Cities Opera
stages full-scale operas at the Broome County Forum. The professional company has performed since 1949, and is famed for its actor training program.
The region also has several other semi-professional and amateur orchestras and theaters such as the Cider Mill Playhouse
Spiedies being grilled
Blues on the Bridge
Binghamton is known as the Carousel Capital of the World, as it houses six of the remaining antique carousels
. Two are within city limits, one at Recreation Park and another at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.
Other visitor attractions include the Phelps Mansion
museum, the Cutler Botanic Garden
, the Bundy Museum of History and Art
, and the interactive, child-oriented Discovery Center.
The Center for Technology & Innovation, a museum dedicated to local industry, is under construction.
The area is home to a popular regional dish known as the spiedie
. Many of the area's restaurants serve spiedies, but they have only experienced limited penetration beyond the Southern Tier
and Central New York
Spiedies are celebrated at the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally, which is held at Otsiningo Park each August and attracts over 100,000 people annually.
The city's other annual events include the St. Patrick's Day
parade in March,
July Fest (a festival of jazz music, arts, and crafts held downtown since 1962),
the 100-year-old St. Mary of the Assumption Bazaar in August,
the LUMA Projection Arts Festival
Blues on the Bridge (a September music festival that takes place on the South Washington Street Bridge
and the Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival every October, which includes a marching band competition.
Broome County is home to several festivals (including a significant concentration of ethnic celebrations due to its heritage), which the New York Department of Economic Development recognized in 2001 as the year's official I Love New York
festival, and collectively dubbed the "Festival of Festivals."
Notable former festivities include the Yegatta Regatta and the Pops on the River concert.
Current professional and semi-pro teams
The area is home to the Eastern League
's Binghamton Rumble Ponies
, the Double-A
affiliate of the New York Mets
. The former Binghamton Mets have sent stars like Daniel Murphy
, Noah Syndergaard
, Steven Matz
, Juan Lagares
, José Reyes
, David Wright
, Preston Wilson
, Ike Davis
, Zack Wheeler
, Edgardo Alfonzo
, Jon Niese
, and Jay Payton
to the majors.
The 1887 Binghamton Bingoes of the International League attracted national attention when the white players revolted against the two black players on the team. The reaction around the league forced Binghamton to release the black players, and the team folded soon after.
The Binghamton Triplets
of the Eastern League, founded in 1923, became a farm club of the New York Yankees in 1932, and sent many players to New York through 1968, when the team folded. Notably, the Hall of Fame
pitcher Whitey Ford
was a starting pitcher for the Triplets in 1949.
Binghamton has also been home to two semi-professional football teams, the Broome County Dragons (members of the Empire Football League) and the Southern Tier Green Machine (members of the North American Football League). In addition, two women's football teams called Binghamton home; the Binghamton Tiger Cats
(members of the Independent Women's Football League
) and the Southern Tier Spitfire
(members of the Women's Football Alliance
). As of 2015, none of these teams play. Founded in 2018, the Broome County Stallions play as part of the Northeastern Football Alliance.
Binghamton hosts two world-famous amateur sports tournaments each year. The Stop DWI Holiday Classic – a nationally-recognized high school basketball tournament – calls the city home during the Christmas season, amassing about 16 of the nation's best teams from places such as Orlando, NYC, Philadelphia, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and other large metropolitan areas. The World Youth Classic is an American Legion youth baseball tournament featuring world-class Legion baseball teams. Held in July, it features as many as 32 teams from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Georgia, and New England.
Since 1978 a round of the American Motorcyclist Association
Championship has taken place at the nearby Broome-Tioga Sports Center. This round of the series recently moved to Texas and is no longer hosted by the Broome-Tioga Sports Center. They also host the New York State Motocross Championships each fall and many other semi-pro events throughout the season.
Parks and recreation
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Binghamton is known for its bicycling and walking clubs, facilities, and trails. The Binghamton River Trail is an urban trail starting at Confluence Park, where the rivers intersect, and traveling alongside the Chenango River, past the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade and Noyes Island, up to Cheri A. Lindsey Park in the North Side. In 2007, Country Home
magazine named Binghamton the ninth-greenest city in the country.
Since its incorporation as a city in 1867, Binghamton has been a municipality with a "strong" mayor–council
form of government. The city government, originally housed in the old Municipal Building on Collier Street (now the Grand Royale Hotel), is now based at the Binghamton City Hall which occupies the west-wing of Government Plaza
on the corner of State and Hawley streets. The mayor and councilors are elected to four-year terms and are limited to serving two terms. The Binghamton City Council is a unicameral body of seven Council members whose districts are defined by geographic population boundaries.
The current 7-member City Council comprises (as of January 11, 2020):
The Binghamton City Council meets for Work Sessions on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Council Work Room. Council holds Business Meetings every first and third Wednesday after the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers.
Neighborhood Assemblies Program
The Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies Program created seven public forum assemblies in which city residents play a lead role in "restoring the pride" in Binghamton by sharing their concerns, hopes and needs and then working with city government and community partners to implement positive change. The initiative was a collaboration between City of Binghamton, Citizen Action of NY, and Binghamton University's Women's Studies program.
The assemblies were supported from 2006 through 2009 by a team of seven to nine America-Corps*VISTA volunteers, who worked with residents on media training, beautification projects, youth initiatives, and organizing efforts. The assemblies were an effective way to reconnect citizens with City Hall, however, by the end of Mayor Ryan's first term, only two assemblies were active. The City no longer offers direct support to the assemblies, but the South Side and North Side Assemblies continue to meet monthly, driven largely by resident leaders.
Binghamton Human Rights Law and Commission
In 2008, the City of Binghamton enacted Local Law 08-1, the Binghamton Human Rights Law, which expands protections offered at the state and federal government to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity or expression, height and weight in employment, housing, education and public accommodation. In 2011, under the authority of N.Y. General Municipal Law 239-O and by City of Binghamton Local Law 11-3, the City of Binghamton established the Binghamton Human Rights Commission whose mission is to condemn discrimination in all its forms, to educate the public, and to work to eliminate discrimination against people based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, weight or height, veteran status, or criminal conviction. Intake forms for claims of discrimination can be found at the Commission's website: www.binghamtonhrc.org.
Binghamton is a major junction in the Interstate Highway System
, much as it was during the days of the railroad. Interstate 81
, a major north-south route, connects the city to Syracuse and Ontario
, as well as to Pennsylvania
. Binghamton is also the western terminus of Interstate 88
, which gives a direct route to Albany
. New York State Route 17
, the Southern Tier Expressway, is being upgraded to Interstate 86
, and spans the southern border of New York, providing access to New York City
, as well as to the western Southern Tier
and Erie, Pennsylvania
. Between 1953 and 1966, the state built an arterial system
to alleviate traffic, which includes the Brandywine Highway
(New York State Route 7
), North Shore Drive (New York State Route 363
), and the portion of the Vestal Parkway (New York State Route 434
) within city limits.
Other major thoroughfares in the city include Chenango Street, Main Street (New York State Route 17C
), and Court/Front Streets (U.S. Route 11
, a daily bus service provided by Broome County, offers public transportation in Binghamton and outlying areas. Binghamton University
students are also served by Off-Campus College Transport
. Intercity buses
originate from the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center, which was opened in 2010 and also serves as the B.C. Transit hub.OurBus offers bus daily service between Ithaca-Binghamton-Manhattan. Greyhound Lines
provides direct routes to Buffalo
, and New York City
. Short Line Buses
offer service to Olean
, New York City, and Long Island
. Trailways of New York
also has direct service to Albany and Rochester and Megabus
has direct service to New York City.
Electricity and natural gas service are supplied and distributed by New York State Electric and Gas
. The city's only cable provider is Charter Spectrum
, which also offers high-speed internet and digital phone. Verizon
provides local telephone and internet service. Plexicomm offers internet and VoIP phone service.
The City Department of Public Works handles garbage and recycling, and maintains city street lights.
The city government maintains water and sewer services. Binghamton's primary source of potable water
is the Susquehanna River
, which is fed through a water treatment facility.
Sewage is treated and released back into the Susquehanna downstream, at the Binghamton–Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant. The sewage plant was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Lee
, and will require $90 million of repairs.
United Health Services
(UHS) operates Binghamton General Hospital in the Southside and Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, while Lourdes Hospital
is run by Ascension Health
out of St. Louis, MO. The Dr. Garabed A. Fattal Community Free Clinic is run by Upstate Medical University
, and offers services with the Broome County Health Department and United Health Services.
The New York State Office of Mental Health operates the Greater Binghamton Health Center, which will become a regional center of excellence for children's behavior
Binghamton also has a local sister city project:
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