'I was at Rec park today (September 17) with my daughter and saw your sticker. I was suddenly glad to realize I am not the only one that has been hearing this noise. When Bates Troy was first being built I thought, wow this is great another business expanding here in Binghamton creating possibly more local jobs instead of moving some place else to expand. Sure it cost us 3 homes but they were not exactly on the historical registry either. But now they now have taken our community's kindness for a weakness and it must stop! I would like to become involved with your group and help get Bates Troy to obey local laws.' - Resident on Goethe St
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Our Tactic Has Always Been: Let The Truth Be Your Defense
Bates Troy Dry Cleaners (also known as Bates Troy Healthcare Linens), located at 151 Laurel Ave, has been resisting the efforts of community members within a several block radius of their noise polluting dry cleaning plant. Individual community members had been forced to act alone until the formation of Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor, an ad hoc organization whose goal is to silence the noise pollution produced by Bates Troy.
When we began this campaign we vowed to rely on the tactic of persistent honesty. Truth is on our side, we need only inform the wider community about the injustice we experience, and help will come. We have thus far attempted the following ways of putting pressure on Bates Troy:
City of Binghamton Level
1) We contacted Bates Troy twice via phone. The second time -- on August 2, 2008 -- Bates Troy hung up on us, refusing to put an end to their "low frequency noise" pollution. On August 5, we sent a letter to Bates Troy notifying them of their noise pollution violations. The letter we sent to Bates Troy is available here.
2) We sent a letter to the City of Binghamton Code Enforcement office informing them of Bates Troy's numerous code violations. You may read the letter we sent to the Code Enforcement Office.
3) We welcomed City Councilman Bob Weslar to visit our home to hear the noise. He made an appointment, never showed up, and didn't call to apologize.
4) We contacted the Mayor's Office on August 13, 2008. View the letter.
5) We picketed outside of Bates Troy's Tuxedo Junction for an hour. Many motorists gave us the thumbs up, and a couple pedestrians stopped to tell us about the difficulties they've been having with the noisy Bates Troy.
7) We contacted clients and potential clients of Bates Troy Healthcare Linens informing them of the damage Bates Troy is doing to our community
8) We welcomed Binghamton Police Department officer J.M. to our backyard to hear the Bates Troy racket. "Sounds like a low bass. I could see how that is annoying. Maybe you should talk to City Council," He said. We thanked him for his advice, shook hands and told him we'd keep him updated on our progress. He also recommended that residents should call 911 if they are disturbed by Bates Troy's noise commotion during the night.
9) We welcomed Binghamton Police Inspector to our home to hear the noise as well. He agreed it was annoying.
10) We distributed over 100 newsletters to homes effected by Bates Troy's "low frequency noise" pollution.
11) We have repeatedly welcomed Bates Troy representatives into our home to hear the noise pollution.
12) We engaged in a mediation with Bates Troy organized by the City of Binghamton on October 16. Read more about that here.
Broome County Level
1)We have contacted the Broome County Health Department. View our letter
New York State Level
1) We contacted the Office of Community Renewal.
1) We contacted the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
2) We contacted the Council on Children and Families.
3) We contacted the Empire State Development-Southern Tier Region.
4) We contacted the New York State Consumer Protection Board.
5) We contacted Senator Charles E. Schumer.
6) We contacted Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
7) We contacted Governor David Paterson.
8) We contacted Treasurer Aida Brewer.
9) We contacted Attorney General Mark Cuomo.
10) We contacted Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.
11) We contacted Senator Thomas W. Libous.
12) We contacted Chancellor Carl Hayden.
Unfortunately the EPA no longer deals with noise pollution issues. We are in the process of contacting other organizations that may be able to help.
We're working on it.
90 second background summary on the Bates Troy issue (click here if video doesn't appear):
Bates Troy attempts bribery to stop this campaign (click here if video doesn't appear):