Binghamton Mayor Rich David is joining the chorus of lawmakers who oppose the Republican tax plans in Congress. David said the plan is unfair to New Yorkers, especially the limit to state and local tax deductions (SALT). The SALT deduction allows taxpayers who itemize their taxes to deduct their state and local taxes on their federal return. This helps offset the burden in high tax states like New York. This is something that we’re very concerned about," David said. "When the city, the county the school district talk about how to provide tax relief, with regard to our own budgets, it is counterproductive then at the federal level when you eliminate deductions that are very important to local taxpayers." David said the deduction protects people from double taxation.
"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.
Next Tuesday, Binghamton voters choose between Republican incumbent Rich David and Democrat Tarik Abdelazim for their next mayor. WSKG’s Gabe Altieri talked with both of the candidates about issues that affect not only Binghamton, but communities throughout the Southern Tier. Blight and Opioids: On Blight: When a property is foreclosed on, the county takes control, then auctions it off. Tarik Abdelazim doesn’t like this process. He says the people bidding on these properties are often slumlords who aren’t interested in revitalizing them. Abdelazim, instead, wants to move all the properties over to the land bank and only sell to landlords without code violations at their properties over the last two years.
Hong Kong native Amy Hoi Ngan Hsiao presents 'Ice and Fire', an exhibit of her latest work at the Orazio Salati Gallery during November. She joins us to speak about her studies at Alfred University and settling in Montrose, Pennsylvania. http://wskg.org/audio/amy.mp3
For the last time before next week’s election, the candidates in Binghamton’s mayoral race met today for a forum. Both men credit their opponent with good intentions and some good ideas. Democratic candidate Tarik Abdelazim once served as the city’s Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development. When he served at city hall, Abdelazim says they successfully cut expenses. “That is a pivotal move that set the next mayor up for success and that was the whole goal, right? We don’t own city hall. It was ‘this future belongs to all of us. Let’s provide the next mayor with success,” said Abdelazim. Mayor Rich David claims he can take good ideas and make them real. David says more police have been hired and property crime is down. Plus, he says downtown Binghamton is healthier. “One third of all city streets have been milled and paved or reconstructed in four years. That’s more than the previous administration did in eight years,” said David. The forum was hosted by the Binghamton Rotary Club. David has been endorsed by both police and firefighters. Abdelazim has been endorsed by leading Democrats, including the Broome County Executive.
WSKG's concert series Brew Beats returns Thursday, October 26 at 8PM, with two new episodes. Brew Beats is a music show that follows the roads that connect Upstate New York’s dynamic and growing breweries and cideries. The night kicks off at The FarmHouse Brewery in Owego, where we talk with owner Marty Mattrazzo about what makes their products so unique. We also welcome talented jazz duo Sharada Shashidhar and Jamael Dean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biNraZp1KTs&feature=youtu.be
Then at 8:30PM, we head to Water Street Brewing Co. in downtown Binghamton.
About 500 people gathered at the United Presbyterian Church in downtown Binghamton Tuesday night for what they call a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign for the rights of poor people. The national group heading up the new Poor People’s Campaign is organizing people in a fifteen cities across the US, including Binghamton. Multiple faith leaders rallied attendees, talking about what they see as systemic injustices - including cash bail for jail, strict rules on voting, and a lack of a living wage. "It is systemic poverty. It’s policies put in place put in place to keep people where we are," said Rebecca Kindig, associate pastor at United Presbyterian. Her group already hosts community meals once a week and makes a point to employ people who can't find work elsewhere.