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Incumbent Mayors Win Binghamton, Oneonta, New Leaders In Corning, Hornell

"Four more years!" chanted the crowd gathered for Republican Mayor Rich David's watch party at Terra Cotta Catering in downtown Binghamton. When the chairman of the Broome County Republicans announced the win, David took the stage to the song "Roar" by Katy Perry.  David beat Democratic challenger Tarik Abdelazim. In Otsego County, Democrat Gary Herzig easily hung on to his seat. His challenger was a Republican write-in candidate.

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It’ll Take At Least A Year To Enact PA’s New Gambling Expansion

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - Pennsylvania is starting the lengthy process of making far-reaching expansions to its gambling industry.  Among the law's major provisions are legalization of video gaming terminals--or VGTs--in truck stops, and licensing of 10 new miniature casinos. Counties can opt not to allow VGTs, and municipalities can do the same for mini-casinos. State Gaming Control Board Spokesman Doug Harbach said those moves have to happen by December 29 and 31, respectively, but they haven't heard from anyone yet. "These government bodies will be working with their solicitors to look at the language and then making some decisions in the near future," he predicted. The number of counties and municipalities that opt out of the expansion will help determine how much revenue the state gets.

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Some Small PA Businesses Uneasy With GOP’s Proposed Tax Changes

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Republican sponsored tax code overhaul in Congress faces an uncertain path, and will likely see some major changes as it makes its way toward legalization.  But nevertheless, small business owners and advocates in Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how its current iteration would affect them and some have mixed feelings. The more than 400-page bill of sweeping tax code changes has been touted as "pro-business" by its House GOP authors and the Trump administration. And it would indeed slash the corporate tax rate by 15 percent. Smaller business owners would also get a lower rate on some of their income, but there are limits to who would benefit. That's one reason the National Federation of Independent Business won't back the plan.

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Schumer, Cuomo Denounce Federal GOP Tax Overhaul

Governor Cuomo and New York Senator Chuck Schumer are once again warning that New Yorkers will be hurt if the Republican tax overhaul plan in Congress is approved.  Schumer, who is Senate Democratic Leader, says while the tax plan has changed from the original version, 71% of the deductions that now benefit state residents would be eliminated. The plan would end deductions for state and local income taxes, and cap the property tax deduction at $10,000 a year.   “The plan will increase taxes on New Yorkers by $16 billion,” Schumer said in a joint conference call with Cuomo. Cuomo says the plan would undo seven years of work that his administration has done to keep taxes and spending steady in New York. “President Trump said this is a Christmas gift,” said Cuomo. “ If it's a Christmas gift, New York gets a lump of coal from Santa Trump on this one.” Cuomo and Schumer are calling on four New York Republican House members- Claudia Tenney, John Faso, John Katko and Elise Stefanik, who have all expressed reservations about the provision, to vote against the tax plan.

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‘People Are Furious’: Wolf Aide Criticized After Downplaying Royalty Problems

Advocates for Pennsylvania landowners are challenging a statement made recently by one of Governor Tom Wolf’s top aides, after he said complaints over unfair gas royalty payments have subsided. In some cases, Pennsylvania mineral owners have received royalty checks showing negative balances, saying they owe money to drillers. At an energy conference in Hershey last week, Wolf’s deputy policy director Sam Robinson said the administration hasn’t heard as much about it lately. “I think there was a crescendo of that kind of claim in 2015 to 2016,” he told the audience. “There’s been real movement in a positive direction on that issue.” You can read the full story here.

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Here Are The 3 Propositions To Vote On In New York On Tuesday

Polls are open 6:00AM - 9:00PM. There are three propositions on the ballot: Prop. 1 - The Constitutional Convention: Every 20 years, New Yorkers have the chance to vote whether to hold a constitutional convention.Supporters say it’s an opportunity to reform unethical practices in Albany that have led to both former legislative leaders facing corruption charges. Nine former associates of Governor Cuomo have also been charged with crimes including bribery and bid-rigging. Opponents - including the state's major unions, environmentalists, gun rights groups and the Conservative Party - say the New York's constitution includes many rights.

What I’m Watching – November 6, 2017 to November 19, 2017

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on wskg.org, I'll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think - tell us in the comments. -- Stacey

Weeks of November 6, 2017 to November 19, 2017
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