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Residents and leaders react to Endicott’s decision to rescind recycling law

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(WBNG) -- Mixed reactions are being shared as Endicott makes a big decision in preventing recycling facilities in industrial zones.

During a nearly six hour village board meeting, residents made a final call for a controversial recycling law to be rescinded. After a final vote, No Burn Broome says they have won the battle.

"Ecstatic and relief, we've been on this for nearly a year," said Paul Connett, a Binghamton resident and activist with No Burn Broome.

The law will prevent SungEel's controversial battery recycling facility, as well as another project intended to bring glass recycling to the village. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson worries this could hurt the village's economy.

"This takes recycling out of all manufacturing. This is starting to dismantle our manufacturing in the Village of Endicott," said Jackson. "I don't see how Endicott is going to survive without manufacturing and industry."

Community members suggest this could be an opportunity to find a new direction for the village.

"It was a tremendous relief, but were only halfway. We've won the victory of 'no' to a bad process, but now we have to say 'yes' to good processes. We need good economic development," said Connett.

However Mayor Jackson believes the damage could already be done with prospective industries.

"They're very happy that it's gone, but they don't understand the repercussions. It's making people outside the village, and outside Broome County very wary about coming to such an unfriendly village," said Jackson.

Jackson says the village board will focus on what's next for Endicott, but right now it is unclear on what types of industries the village could pursue.

During the meeting, multiple residents expressed concerns over Mayor Jackson's behavior on the call. You can read more about it here.

Katie Jones

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