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New York Democrats Heartened By Wins

ALBANY (WSKG) Democrats in New York are heartened by what they call a “blue wave” in this week’s election results in the state and the nation. This year is considered an “off” election year with no presidential race or statewide contests like a governor’s race. Nevertheless, Democrats in New York hungry for signs of encouragement after the 2016 election of President Donald Trump are very happy about Democratic wins in the county executive races in two suburban New York counties, Nassau and Westchester. Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed especially gleeful over the defeat of incumbent Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican who lost to Democratic state Sen. George Latimer. “He was trounced, trounced!” Cuomo said.

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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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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.

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Where Binghamton Mayoral Candidates Stand On Regional Issues

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.

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Challenges Persist In Funding Upgrades To PA’s Election System

(Harrisburg) -- Election officials across the country are trying to make sure voting infrastructure is up to date, after concerns over potential hacking in the 2016 election. Pennsylvania is no exception. In 2002, the federal government handed down almost $4 billion for states to update their voting machines and other election equipment. Most states--including Pennsylvania--have long since drained their share. The commonwealth bought new voting machines about a decade ago.

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Challenges Persist In Funding Upgrades To PA’s Election System

(Harrisburg) -- Election officials across the country are trying to make sure voting infrastructure is up to date, after concerns over potential hacking in the 2016 election. Pennsylvania is no exception. In 2002, the federal government handed down almost $4 billion for states to update their voting machines and other election equipment. Most states--including Pennsylvania--have long since drained their share. The commonwealth bought new voting machines about a decade ago.

Local Teens Share Hopes & Concerns for the Country

Students in Carrie Tracey's English classes at Union-Endicott School District's Tiger Ventures spent the fall semester discussing critical issues facing their community and the nation. Their ideas went into a writing assignment, part of Letters to the Next President 2.0, a project aimed at engaging youth ages 13-18 across the U.S.

 

Listen to this audio postcard produced by WSKG's Sarah Gager, which highlights some of the ideas and voices of Tiger Ventures students that participated in Letters to the Next President 2.0.  

This visual slideshow offers additional insight into the experience that these local students had including diversity of expression - through full letters, photos, graphics, and focus statements - crafted by and with the students. Interested in trying something similar in your classroom? Check out this project overview and modify as needed.

Collection of PBS Resources Help Students Navigate the Election Season

Presenting You Choose 2016 from PBS KIDS Digital, which introduces kids to non-partisan, democracy-related topics through interactive exploration and video. Kids can create their own campaign posters about  anything they care about, collect presidential trading cards of past U.S. Presidents and First Ladies and watch videos that focus on important issues relevant to them! PBS KIDS Digital has also curated a "Get to Know a President a Day" YouTube playlist to lead up to the election with content from LearningMedia. The video clips provide an overview about each President of the United States in just 60 seconds. PBS Education has created Election Central featuring tools, resources and creative solutions to educate your students on the various facets of the political process.