'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. Because of this violation of my auditory space, I have had the expense of a new window fan as well as countless hours of electrical energy to run it in my window that I can little afford. Additionally, as a musician, it is a disruption to my musical thought process at times - since I am highly auditory in nature. I don't know what will come of this, but I congratulate your efforts. Thank you.' - Resident who has lived on Hayden St for 28 years
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Introduction: Randy Widrick, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bates Troy, is the public face of Bates Troy Healthcare Linens. Mr. Widrick has, since the beginning of this campaign, been the primary spokesperson for Bates Troy. He is the one Bates Troy sends to talk to angry neighbors, attend resident meetings, and explain away transgressions of the law.
Unethical Behavior: Randy Widrick offered the founders of this community campaign a bribe if they would move out and stop their campaign. In the recorded phone call conversation, Mr. Widrick states that if the founders of the campaign would sign a contract giving up rights to this website then Bates Troy's management would consider giving them around $7,500. A recording of Randy Widrick's bribery offer is available online.
We are Bates Troy Noisy Neighbor, a neighborhood organization of families concerned about the noise pollution produced by the Bates Troy Healthcare Linens dry-cleaning plant located at 151 Laurel Ave in Binghamton, NY 13905.
We are engaged in a campaign to bring attention to our community that is suffering under an onslaught of illegal annoying noises. We believe that the Zoning Board of Appeals made a negligent decision in allowing an industrial dry-cleaning plant to expand into a high-density residential area.
There is only one solution to the Bates Troy noise problem: the City of Binghamton must enforce their preexisting laws. We are currently circulating a petition and we encourage you to sign it. At the moment, our only hope of restoring the quiet is this petition.
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):