VESTAL (WBNG) — Karen Jones was recently appointed as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Binghamton University, and on Thursday, shared her views for what she hopes to spark during her time on campus. Jones is now hoping to build upon that progress, and believes Binghamton can be a leader locally and nationally. “Outside-of-the-classroom experiences are equally important,” Jones said. “So if we don’t prepare them for a world outside of Binghamton, we’ve done a disservice.” “We’ve got a lot of great things going on in our individual colleges that we’re not showcasing,” Jones said. “How doe we showcase that nationally? How do we make certain that the country understands and recognizes the work that’s being done?” With national movements taking place, she hopes to continue to facilitate conversation, and wants students to gain valuable experience off of the campus. She added one way to build is by showing off that progress. Jones was attracted to the school after looking at the history and groundwork of diversity at the school, including some of its programs. “You see among the SUNY peers and even nationally, Binghamton University is doing some wonderful things,” Jones said. “I think first and foremost is building those collaborative relationships and building strategic partnerships.” “Hearing those things, particularly about the work that was already being done, their commitment to diversity, the longevity of the leadership here, the president’s commitment to diversity is what drew me here,” she said.
Also starting Saturday, employees will resume bagging groceries for shoppers without reusable bags. The company says it brought plastic bags back because paper bags were growing scarce. They report some customers felt safer from the virus using disposable bags. (WBNG) — All Price Chopper and Market 32 stores in New York are resuming the ban on plastic bags Saturday. The chain removed plastic bags from its stories when New York’s law went into effect on March 1. Price Chopper Vice President says that was halted to protect employees and customers from coronavirus.
In a news release, Mayor David said the COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the importance of local government. Mayor David is the 95th president of the conference. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David will begin his term as President of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYSCOM) on Tuesday. “Local government is the government closest to the people,” Mayor David said. “This fact has been proven more clearly than ever over the course of the past six months, as municipal officials have been in the forefront of fighting COVID-19 and restoring economic opportunity in New York.” If he completes his term, Mayor David will serve as the NYCOM President until Dec. 31 2021. The mayor said his administration will push for more federal funding and state aid. David was sworn in as Binghamton mayor in January 2014. He is the city’s 50th mayor.