One of Binghamton’s greatest historic treasures is the Carnegie Library on Exchange St., the former home to the Broome County Library. Since the library moved a few blocks to its current facility on Court St., the building has sat vacant, but its future is bright thanks to an innovative idea that will put SUNY Broome’s new Carnegie Center for the Culinary Arts on this site. Assemblywoman Lupardo secured $5 million in the State Budget that will match $5 million from Broome County to restore the building and put students in the heart of the area’s emerging food scene. New chefs and restaurateurs will train in the state of the art facility which will feature commercial and teaching kitchens.

Left: a rendering of the new Culinary Arts Center; right: Assemblywoman Lupardo discusses plans for the building with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.