'Thank you for your recent newsletter. I reside on Schubert St. and I find the noise from Bates Troy annoying and nerve wracking. I am waiting for the City Code Enforcement office to open so I can register my complaint. Congratulations on your well organized campaign for noise abatement. My heart goes out to anyone who is unable to sleep due to noise and this noise is unacceptable.' - Resident on Schubert St
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Bates Troy Dry Cleaners (also known as Bates Troy Healthcare Linens), located in Binghamton's West Side at 151 Laurel Ave, has been refusing to consider the complaints of community members within a several block radius of their noise polluting dry cleaning plant. Until the formation of Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor, ad hoc organization whose goal is to silence the noise pollution produced by Bates Troy, individual community members had been forced to act alone. Now we are acting together.
On this page we will document some of the comments we've heard from community members affected by the noise pollution produced by Bates Troy.
"The noise is relentless. I have now burned out a window fan and am working on my second one that I run constantly in my bedroom window to mask the noise. The 'sound' even comes in when all windows are closed. I have absolutely no idea what I will do when I have to close the house up soon for the fall and turn that fan off. Additionally, as a musician, it is a disruption to my musical thought process at times - since I am highly auditory in nature."
A nearby nursing home called us to assure us that they do not use Bates Troy. We thought Bates Troy might like to know what their potential clients think about our campaign so we are putting a copy of the voicemail online. We have edited the voicemail to remove the name of the nursing home. You can download a copy, or click the play button to listen live:
An elderly woman told us, "I called Bates Troy, my husband called Bates Troy and my son has called Bates Troy. They won't turn off the noise. I want to know if Ara Kradjian (father of the Bates Troy CEO) would put that noise in his backyard!" Her husband then told us, "I hope we win! Their noise is driving me crazy".
Another put it thus, "I wrote a letter to the local media and talked to a reporter and told him to come out and listen to this noise. The whooshing is making me sick, it works on a subliminal level, I don't care if it is not louder than 55 decibels -- the noise is intolerable!"
"Why did they build this monster here and not out in the country where it wouldn't disturb people? I worry for the families living closest to the plant. They have children, it must be terrible for them to have that noise all day long."
Community members will not be silenced concerning the Bates Troy Noise Pollution.