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 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 will include 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 proposed community education cooking studio, event space, lounge areas, and office space.