The construction taking place at Binghamton right now is subsurface work. The bleachers and dugouts have been removed from the stadium, in addition to everything else surrounding the field. “Just to be able to see some progress and change at a time when we’re pretty much as a society you know, kind of stalled and certainly as an athletic department kind of paused right now,” he said. “So it’s good in that way.” Construction started later than planned, due to the pandemic and initial bids coming in higher than expected. Ultimately, Binghamton Athletic Director Patrick Elliot said it was only delayed four to five weeks. Elliot is anticipating the entire project will be complete by January of 2023. “With a project this complex and this big, you send bids out and sometimes you get information back perhaps, you know the interpretation of some of the items aren’t exactly what you need,” said Elliot. “Having kind of a reiteration of that is somewhat normal as I understand, just to kind of clarify the project.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Construction is underway at Binghamton University’s baseball complex. This is part of phase one of the project, which will feature a new clubhouse, offices and the stadium itself. Elliot said they expect that to be completed by January, 2022. Under phase two, a new indoor training facility will be built. Phase two will take an additional year to complete. “That spring, we would be practicing here and we’d be opening it up,” said Elliot. In February, Binghamton received 60 million dollars from an anonymous donor to completely transform the baseball facilities. Elliot said he is relieved the significant project is finally underway. The Binghamton baseball team is currently using NYSEG Stadium for practices. If there is a 2021 season, the team will play games there as well.
MIAMI GARDENS – Mayor Oliver Gilbert in partnership with a coalition of all the black Bar Associations in Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Elections Department will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive and Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12PM- 4PM, at Miami Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.Effective January 8th, Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole, probation and restitution.“All of our voices are required, all of our efforts are needed and our attention must focus beyond Election Day and through election cycles. This event is intended to allow those previously disenfranchised to become active participants in the representative republic. Being an active participant means knowing your rights, registering to vote and educating yourselves on the issues,” said Mayor Gilbert.“We want our Residents to be educated, ready and excited about the most powerful position in any democracy. The power of our aggregated vote.”Prior to the passing of Amendment 4, Florida law excluded over one million Floridians who completed the terms of their sentence from voting for life, the largest number of any state.Florida was one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting. More than 5 million Florida voters, 64.55 percent of the votes cast in the November 2018 election, voted to amend section 4 of Article VI of the Florida Constitution (Referred to as Amendment 4).A 60 percent vote by Florida citizens would be required in order to change it. Amendment 4 is the largest extension of the right to vote in the United States since the 19th Amendment which granted voting rights for all women (1920) and the 26th Amendment to citizens who are 18 years of age (1971).Co-sponsors of this event include the Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, Haitian Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.