Kopernik, Roberson Can't Agree on Split

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 29, 2006 at 1:04 AM EDT

A space center can't agree with a local museum about parting ways.

Roberson Museum in Binghamton has been facing financial trouble.

It had proposed some changes to the Kopernik space education center in Vestal.

So the Kopernik society proposed breaking away from the museum.

Negotiations have been in the works.

And in a proposal last week, Roberson wanted a three-year lease on Kopernik.

Then, only after the 3 years, Roberson would consider completely breaking away from Kopernik.

The Kopernik society didn't want Roberson to have that much control.

"At this point, we're so frustrated with the direction it's going. It's taken a U-Turn and it's got to get back on track," says Jay Sarton of the Save Kopernik Committee.

Sarton says if Kopernik breaks away, it would have to come up with about 50 thousand dollars each year to operate.

But Sarton says, that shouldn't be a problem.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.