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 sat vacant, until recently, with the opening of SUNY Broome’s state of the art Carnegie Center for the Culinary Arts. After a delay due to the pandemic, the ribbon was officially cut on the brand-new facility on October 7th, 2021.

Assemblywoman Lupardo secured $5 million in the State Budget that matches $5 million from Broome County to restore the building and put students in the heart of the area’s emerging food scene. In 2018, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joined Lupardo to announce the project would be nominated for an additional $1.5 million in State & Municipal Facilities grant funding to help complete it. The center includes production kitchens, a lecture hall for cooking demonstrations, a beverage lab for mixology classes, a computer lab, a dining room fabrication lab for the events management program, a community education cooking studio, event space, lounge areas, and office space.