“We can’t let down our guard now, though.”
“We can’t let down our guard now, though.”
According to the governor, yellow zones in rural areas must see a daily positivity rate below 4 percent before they can lift restrictions.
“This is a win for Binghamton,” Mayor Rich David said.
The new “pause” period runs through Nov. 15.
PA-12 and PA-8 cover much of Northeast Pennsylvania.
With all election districts reporting, Garner leads with 61 percent of the vote en route to his second term.
Incumbent Delgado leads Republican Kyle Van De Water by just over 2 percent.
“It doesn’t make sense to close a clinic until you have some kind of a study done to determine what the needs are of that region.”
“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24th as originally scheduled.”
According to the team, Major League Baseball will not provide players for affiliated teams for the 2020 season.
Absentee ballots will be counted next week
“He’s very knowledgeable, and cares about the whole range of issues that are important to this district”
“I don’t want that to be what people remember out of yesterday’s demonstration.”
Local officials complained about a lack of communication with state officials leading up to today.
Dine-in service is part of phase three of reopening
Angelino faces Nick Libous in June’s GOP Primary
Angelino faces Nick Libous in the GOP Primary.
“Our state and local budgets are hemorrhaging”
“Justice has been served for these students who were hoping for a shot at their dreams.”
“You open a business tomorrow with 50 employees. You don’t do it right, one person was infected. You can infect 30 of the 50 in one afternoon.”
“I would like to say that we are enlightened enough that this will be a period where we don’t play gratuitous politics, but everyone draws their own conclusion.”
The league includes the Binghamton Devils.
The Governor said more details will be available on Monday.
“Our staff continues to work towards a solution for reopening the ballpark this summer.”
Organizers for both sporting events blamed the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.
The measures are extended until May 15, in line with state guidelines.
“This is a very unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 virus.”
Hochul spoke with WSKG’s Gabe Altieri as part of All Things Considered.
NYSPHSAA hopes to announce a decision on April 27th
The person was in his late 60’s and passed away while hospitalized.
As of Friday, Tioga County has not reported a death related to COVID-19
The guidelines run until at least April 29th
“We are putting the safety of children, families and educators first […]”
The person was hospitalized with the disease and died April 1st.
The conversation comes after the federal stimulus package passed last week.
The stretch covers 17 games.
Meanwhile, Schuyler County reports first positive case.
Closure is effective at midnight on Friday.
The woman, who was in her 90’s, died at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton
“This is one of the most difficult decisions the Officers of the NYSPHSAA have ever had to make.”
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to contact a healthcare provider.
“This confirmed case was not unexpected: With more frequent testing and the rise of this virus, we knew sooner or later that a case would appear within our campus community.”
Governor Cuomo believes there will soon be confirmed cases in every New York county.
The person died at Lourdes hospital.
Several other regional counties have confirmed cases, as well.
There are reports of scams in Otsego and Steuben Counties.
Testing is becoming more prevalent across New York.
Tompkins announced 3rd positive test on Tuesday.
The announcement comes as Broome County gets its first positive case of COVID-19.
Number of positive cases across New York jumps, as testing ramps up.
Restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and casinos are closing in New York beginning Monday night.
On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would waive the 180-day school year requirement for districts to receive state aid.
“While this is the first case of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, we are prepared to respond to limit future exposures and community spread of the virus”
Devils hockey season is suspended, Rumble Ponies baseball will have a delayed start.
Jason Garnar called the miscommunication “frustrating”.
Most COVID-19 cases in New York have been downstate.
Tenney has high-profile support and a sizable cash advantage.
Tenney has the support of President Trump, among others.
New criminal justice reforms went into effect in the state in January.
The Democrat is running for a second term
Matt Van Houten is running for a second term.
Karl Bernhardsen is trying to unseat Democrat Jason Garnar
He ran on the Green Party line in 2018.
Peter Oberacker hopes to replace long-time state senator James Seward.
The former Broome DA’s announcement comes the same day as campaign finance numbers are due.
Mayors across the country announced a task force to save Minor League Baseball in cities like Binghamton last year.
Crouch has served in the New York Assembly since 1995.
“They can’t have their cake and eat it too”
The Republican is undergoing treatment for cancer.
The Democrat finished third in November’s race.
Randy Reid announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for the New York Assembly’s 124th District seat. It’s currently held by Republican Chris Friend.
Supporters say the law protects first responders while opponents worry about it will be abused.
Advocates are still pushing for a long-term solution.
It allows police to arrest anyone who harasses emergency first responders. Violators could face up to a year in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.
“Guess what? Protesting is about being annoying”
The company will save $1.7 million dollars over 15 years.
Judge Richard Rich said Republican Paul Battisti’s request “lacked merit”.
The industrial hemp company would save $1.7 million over the next 15 years.
The measure creates regulatory standards for hemp products.
New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker declared the flu “prevalent” on Thursday.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise is throwing his support behind former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.
The hearing was postponed due to this week’s winter storm.
The issue was over a bill that would allow law enforcement to arrest people for annoying, alarming or threatening emergency responders.
“I’ve heard from people in Binghamton, elected officials and citizens, and they don’t like this and that’s why we want to have our meeting. Try to change it.”
Absentee and affidavit ballots were counted on Tuesday
Game is annual football rivalry between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland.
The plan by Major League Baseball would reportedly eliminate over a quarter of minor league teams. That includes the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
“I think it was good for him to come here to see the needs of a community-based outpatient clinic in a very rural area like Bainbridge.”
Broome County’s Sheriff said an autopsy concluded the cause of death was natural.
Seward was also treated for cancer in 2016
After 41,005 ballots were tallied election night, Libertarian Mike Korchak holds a 122 vote lead over Republican Paul Battisti.
Boland, a Democrat, took nearly 80 percent of the vote.
“I think that it’s my right, It’s a privilege, and if I want to make change it starts at the booth.”
The $7.7 million project is funded mostly from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
At one point during the storm, Steuben County officials say 17,500 customers lost power.
Battisti spoke as part of WSKG’s interview series with all three candidates.
Gelson spoke as part of WSKG’s interview series with all three candidates.
Korchak spoke as part of WSKG’s interview series with all three candidates.
“Despite this great victory, we must not confuse the death of this evil man with the total defeat of ISIS.”
The company warns customers not to give out personal information to unsolicited callers.
Republican Paul Battisti, Democrat Debra Gelson and Libertarian Mike Korchak discussed multiple issues during the 90-minute forum.
Cameras will be equipped on stop signs on the outside of buses.
“Elijah Cummings was not just a great congressman, but a great man.”
Powerful storm is moving across the state Wednesday and into Thursday
Teri Rennia said Mayor David should instead focus attention on the deaths of Broome County Jail inmates.
“It’s how they went about trying to execute it.”
The budget was approved by city council early this week
While opponents criticize lack of prosecutorial experience, PBA representatives call Battisti a friend of law enforcement.
Phillips spoke in Binghamton on Wednesday
Some city councilmembers pushed to hold off on raise until a new council takes office.
Michele Barnes allegedly wrote checks to herself using village funds.
“The cost of this lawsuit, both in terms of money and time spent, is extremely unfortunate.”
New facility adds about 100 jobs to operation.
The Republican lost her re-election bid in 2018 by about 4,000 votes.
Elmira, Broome County and Canisteo were all on the list.
The city hopes to add business, life to downtown.
The Democrat wants more information before making decision on impeachment push
Hunting and fishing bring in billions of dollars into New York State every year.
An accident involving a tractor trailer carrying natural has prompted mandatory evacuation Town of Fenton in Broome County
VESTAL, NY (WSKG) -The Village of Endicott is among the communities receiving funds for local bomb squads. Endicott has been awarded $100,000. $2 million is being spread among 12 communities across the state. The money comes from the federal Homeland Security Grant Program. It equips and trains local FBI-accredited bomb squads to check for improvised explosive devices.
Congressman plans to return to work on Monday
The identity of the firm recommended to manage the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant should be known by month’s end.
Rates will differ across Broome County and still could go after 2020.
“Councilman Livingston seems to continue his tirade on this. In fact, he has personally accused me of forcing people to go into an unsafe environment. I take great exceptions, exceptions to that”
There are eight Superfund clean-up sites in Broome County.
“The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans. For this reason, we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores.”
“Our ultimate goal was to put together a deal that was financially in the best interest of taxpayers, regardless of how long that deal took.”
Ruling allows lawmakers to keep pay raise and make outside income.
About ten percent of Tioga’s population are veterans.
Robbie Nichols is pushing to be reimbursed by the Chemung IDA for about $122,000 in repairs made to the building.
Gerald Mollen also took shots at one of Battisti’s opponents, Mike Korchak
Joe Mihalko is pushing back against a proposed fee.
Farmers gain breathing room during tough financial times.
Overdose deaths led to State of Emergency in Broome earlier this year.
BInghamton, Elmira and Cortland County are all nearing limit.
The scam targets people through email
NYSEG estimates fewer than 750 people were without power as of Monday afternoon. This comes after about 19,000 people lost power. Outages stretched from Elmira to Oneonta.
“This is particularly worrisome for customers with low and fixed incomes, as well as small businesses.”
The festival was supposed to feature artists like Jay-Z, John Fogerty and Miley Cyrus, but instead it was plagued by lawsuits, mismanagement and missed deadlines.
Blessed Sacrament in Johnson City is one church where abuse allegedly occurred.
For Nick Langworthy, it’s a new GOP in New York
SUNY Corning has launched a financial aid program that targets student debt. Barons Brought Back is open to students who owe $1,500 or less.
The Democrat wants better background checks.
Proposed rules would allow industry-run training programs
The state’s new mandate on exemptions are now in effect.
Sports betting has expanded to casinos in upstate New York, including Tioga Downs in Nichols. At the same time, there’s now more help for folks with gambling addictions.
Korchak isn’t happy with how that primary process went and claims the Broome Republican party heads don’t want him to run for office.
Jeff Gural thinks Woodstock would have boosted “sleepy-little” Vernon, NY and criticizes state politicians for restrictions on sports betting
“This will really become our hub on the east coast of the United States to do this manufacturing and really scale the business.”
“There are currently just four members in the New York State Senate who are from upstate and that’s vastly different than the way it used to be. Many of us in the Assembly majority had majority partners who some of us worked very closely with.”
“It would be unfair to the group that is calling to label them all as just raving lunatics because they’re not.”
A portion of highway in Steuben County will be named in honor of State Trooper Nicholas Clark, who was shot and killed last year.
The effort is part of a New York State plan to reduce poverty
The festival is without a home less than a month before the scheduled start
During a tour of immigrant detention facilities, New York 19th District Congressman Antonio Delgado said he saw human beings who were suffering.
Connecticut and New Jersey are also on the suit.
Tioga Downs is set to announce plans to offer sports wagers on Friday, while other upstate casinos are announcing earlier.
Paul Battisti and Debra Gelson aim to replace Steve Cornwell, who’s leaving office to run for Congress.
The news comes after 12 overdose deaths in March, including six in a ten-day period.
Officials in the town of Vernon say the application is too late and incomplete.
Earlier this week, the state said it will set the nation’s lowest allowable level for industrial chemicals that have contaminated some communities’ drinking water.
Over the July 4th holiday, DirecTV customers lost access to several stations around the region.
Battisti finished with 173 more votes than his opponent, Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Korchak.
Last month’s unofficial primary results had Paul Battisti leading Mike Korchak by 137 votes.
The work will stop Thursday at 6 A.M. and pick back up Monday, July 8th at 6 A.M.
The Republican made the announcement on Tuesday in Binghamton.
It claims the legislature didn’t have the right to amend the county charter to give itself clearer authority over the legislative attorney.
Brindisi wants to pressure his colleagues in Washington D.C. to pass a bill that benefits 9/11 first responders.
Cornwell would aim to unseat Anthony Brindisi in NY-22.
Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, died as a result of injuries sustained on Tuesday in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan.
Unofficial results show Battisti up by 137 votes
Schuyler County health officials say people who dined at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant in Watkins Glen this month may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.
Bids from private firms for the right to take control of the publicly-owned plant are set to be opened Wednesday.
After plans to hold Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glen this summer fell through, a smaller festival could be held at a central New York harness track and casino.
Republican voters in Broome County head to the polls today to select a candidate for District Attorney.
There’s a possibility of more flooding on Thursday.
Voters in the Owego Apalachin School District overwhelmingly approved a revised budget on Tuesday, about a month after the first budget proposal was voted down.
“Democrat Senators had the opportunity to go against their One Party Leadership, but chose politics over the people.”
A man is dead after a small plane crashed near the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott on Monday.
For the second time in two months, voters in the Owego Apalachin School District will decide whether to approve next year’s budget.
51st District Senator James Seward wanted to focus more on population decline in the Southern Tier and access to broadband internet.
“In these days and times with a lot of negative attention being drawn toward the law enforcement community, the body camera really produces an unbiased witness to any type of incident.”
This week, Watkins Glen Internationalsaid it would not host Woodstock 50, though the racetrack wouldn’t comment further.
New York Governor said new rules on state and local tax, or SALT, deductions is an economic assault on New Yorkers.
There’s a feeling of resignation around Schuyler County after Watkins Glen International said it would not host Woodstock 50.
On Monday, the New York Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve regulations for sports betting at Tioga Downs and three other casinos.
Binghamton Mayor Rich David is reporting City Councilman Dan Livingston to the New York Comptroller for video he posted to Facebook.
Michael Limoncelli was selected in the 6th Round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.
Code violations at Elmira’s First Arena aren’t a problem anymore, but two of the main people involved are frustrated.
Republican Fred Keller won a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District May 21.
More than a week after voters rejected the budget for the Owego-Apalachin school district, the board of education has decided to hold a re-vote on a lower tax levy.
Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) was back in his district this week, in part to discuss farm issues.
The City of Binghamton and Boscovs department store have extended a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes deal that will let the store stay downtown.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is touring upstate New York on Wednesday.
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is pushing back against a bill that would give farm workers the same rights as all workers in the state.
If you’re getting an early start on the Memorial Day weekend, you may run into nasty weather Thursday.
Republican Fred Keller has won the special election for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district
Voters head to the polls today in a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district
President Trump makes a stop near Williamsport, Pennsylvania Monday on the eve of a special election in the northern tier’s 12th congressional district.
“Family and professional obligations will make it impossible for me to wage another campaign, especially since such efforts would have to begin almost immediately.”
Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district is full of farmland. Candidates in Tuesday’s special election discuss one issue affecting small farmers.
One of the Republican candidates from Broome County District Attorney says he wants the office to focus more on elder abuse.
A judge has ruled that Woodstock 50 isn’t technically cancelled, but organizers must go forward without disputed funding.
The candidates for a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district have different reactions to President Trump’s visit next week.
An aide New York 22nd District Congressman has been charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Festival organizers are suing their former financial partner Dentsu Aegis. They say the company is sabotaging the concert that was supposed to be in Watkins Glen this August.
Broome County District Attorney Steven Cornwell will charge no one in an alleged strip search of students at a Binghamton school earlier this year.
Last week, a story broke that 52nd District State Senator Fred Akshar had an intimate relationship with the mother of a murder victim. It’s a case Akshar supervised while with the Broome County Sheriff’s office. This week, the story hasn’t gone away. It’s become part of the Broome County District Attorney race.
The Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese paid out nearly $11 million on 79 claims of child sexual abuse during its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.
Local leaders are reacting after this week’s announcement that effectively cancelled Woodstock 50.
Republican leaders in Broome and Chenango Counties are supporting Ed Cox for re-election as the head of the statewide party.
When a police investigator, Fred Akshar (R – Endwell) had intimate relations with a mother of a crime victim. According to the Gannett papers, Akshar had helped investigate her son’s murder.
VESTAL, NY (WSKG) — The Elmira Enforcers look to stay alive in the Federal Hockey League championship series tonight. Elmira trails Carolina two games to none in the best-of-five series. It lost both games to start the series last weekend. The team lost 4-3 in OT in game two. Heated exchanges after led to suspensions for the Enforcers.
Charter Spectrum promised to hit new goals, but 22nd District Congressman Anthony Brindisi is still skeptical.
A Manhattan law firm has released the names of former Boy Scout leaders across New York who allegedly abused children.
Tickets were set to go on sale Monday. Last week, Billboard reported that wouldn’t happen.
“I think the real key is are those properties being utilized? Or are they adding to the overall vacancy or deterioration?” said Amy Little, owner of Cayuga Appraisals, a real estate appraisal company.
The 2020 race is on in New York’s 22nd congressional district. George Phillips first announced his campaign last month and now he’s touring cities across the district that spans parts of Central New York and the Southern Tier.
There’s a renewed push in Albany to expand the state’s free college tuition program to the families of service members who die while on duty.
Southern Tier Congressman Anthony Brindisi asked about a proposal to move the clinic during a hearing for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee this week.
The Southern Tier, like other parts of the northeast, has been slow to come back from last decade’s recession, but figures released this week from the New York Department of Labor may be a sign that’s changing.
The Village of Penn Yan plans to exceed New York’s property tax cap this year. It’s holding a public hearing on the issue Monday night.
New York has a program that aims to expand access across the state. But NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado said some practical changes to implementing broadband could help speed things along.
It’s been about a week since the Rochester Roman Catholic Diocese ended its compensation program for people who had been abused by clergy as children. This lawyer is still trying to make sense of it.
A few upstate schools heard their names called for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which begins this week.
The Roman Catholic Dioceses in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes have been running compensation programs for people with credible abuse claims. One diocese just announced they’re dismantling their program due to changes in state law. The other is releasing a report on the progress of their program.
A priest who served at Ithaca College and Cornell University has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. That’s according to the Ithaca Journal.
Last summer, heavy rains caused flooding across New York and Pennsylvania.Some farmers saw extensive damage to their crops. Federal help is available for some of those folks.
Leaders of New York local government groups are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restore municipal aid.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in the Southern Tier on Wednesday for stops in Johnson City, Elmira and Horseheads.
Three years ago, Chemung County took control of a sports arena in downtown Elmira, hoping to sell it soon. That hasn’t happened. It’s been frustrating at times.
For Freshman Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado, entering Congress amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history was frustrating.
The one-year look-back period in New York’s Child Victims Act does a lot, but its effect might be different on the Catholic Church than other institutions.
Government leaders around Broome County stood with state representatives today in Binghamton. They’re pushing back against the Governor’s proposal that ends state aid to municipalities.
New York State Senate James Seward wanted more upstate issues in this week’s State of the State and budget address by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell says he won’t serve another full term so it would be dishonest to seek re-election in 2019.
Two Southern Tier congress members were sworn into their new posts on Thursday. They join the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
As of the New Year, the Village of Van Etten in Chemung County no longer exists. The village has dissolved and services have been absorbed by the Town of Van Etten.
The VA wants to move its Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Bainbridge, a rural community in right off I-88 in Chenango County, to Oneonta. Rumors of that move have intensified over the last year, but veterans, stakeholders and residents don’t know why a move would be made. Even more, they wonder if it would be better.
The Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese has released the names of clergy they say have credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors against them.
Like counties across New York, Steuben has to deal with a few new state mandates. 2019 is the first year Steuben County has to budget for Raise the Age and new indigent defense mandates.
WSKG’s Gabe Altieri talks with Cornell Professor Glenn Altschuler about the impact of regional congressional races and what it means that Democrats control the New York Senate.
New York’s 19th congressional district has more independent voters than any other district in the state. But just because a voter is independent doesn’t mean they’ll vote third party.
ELMIRA, NY (WSKG) – Chemung County will have a new county executive next year. Tom Santulli is stepping down. He’s held the seat since 2000.
WSKG’s Gabe Altieri and Monica Sandreczki walk us through some of the big issues in the race with each candidate: the Green Party’s Steve Greenfield, Independent Diane Neal, Democrat Antonio Delgado and Republican John Faso.
Healthcare; opiates; and the Republican tax bill. The Congressional candidates in NY-22 debated Thursday in their final debate before Election Day.
You can throw any predictions for this race out the window, according to Laurel Elder, a political science professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. It all depends on voter turnout.
Even with a primary loss, the son of long-time Binghamton-area State Senator Tom Libous plans to be on the ballot in November.
In New York’s 122nd Assembly District, long-time representative Cliff Crouch faces a challenge from a new face, but a familiar name: Nick Libous.
The first week of the new school year is wrapping up. In Walton, students returned to a district that’s lost a superintendent and three other administrators in the last month.
Major party candidates in New York’s 19th congressional district both say a recent Siena College Poll is good news for them.
Stacy Mulford grabbed two bins of supplies the Lodi Fire Department was distributing for people affected by the flood. She wasn’t home when the flood hit Tuesday, but her daughter was until folks came by banging on the door. “Get out! Get out, now!”
Things appear to be calming down at a small reservoir in Hancock after a State of Emergency was declared on Monday.
This week is starting out hot. Highs on Monday are in the lower 90’s and much of the region is under a heat advisory until tonight. After that, things start to cool down.
A candidate’s past as a rapper has been at the center of one of the first squabbles in the race for New York’s 19th congressional district. His opponent is using the music as a criticism.
In December, we brought you the story of a historic church in Jacksonville, New York that had been abandoned after a gas spill in the 1970s. Now, the building is sold and about to be revitalized. The hope is to revitalize the hamlet, as well.
Two of the congressional seats Democrats are hoping to flip this fall are in upstate New York. Democrats vying for seats in the 19th and 22nd districts have had very different primary seasons.
Some people abused as children by clergy in the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese, which includes Binghamton and Cortland, must decide by Wednesday whether to participate in the diocese’s compensation program, or wait to see if state lawmakers pass a bill that would extend the statute of limitations, so they could sue later.
Dozens of people sat in the bleachers of the Spencer-Van Etten Elementary School gymnasium for a public hearing on Wednesday detailing the plan to dissolve the Village of Van Etten.
The New York State United Teachers union is setting up protests at several district offices in the state on Friday. That includes Fred Akshar’s office in Binghamton and Tom O’Mara’s office in Elmira.
BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – WSKG’s Gabe Altieri’s conversation with Politico New York’s Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind about the impact New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s resignation has on state and national politics.
UPDATE: A suspect in the killing of Binghamton University student Joao Souza is now in custody. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Michael Roque, 20, of Massapequa, New York, was charged with second-degree murder. Roque pleaded not guilty and was remanded to the Broome County Jail. Roque is also a student at Binghamton University. He is accused of stabbing the victim multiple times with a knife.
A bill that would extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse was not part of the New York State budget approved this month.
The Diocese of Syracuse just started a program to compensate people who were abused by clergy when they were kids. Right now, it’s only open to cases the diocese knows about already. However, other dioceses in New York with similar programs eventually opened them up to new allegations. Syracuse isn’t sure if it will.
Towns, counties and villages in New York are looking for ways to share equipment and personnel in order to cut costs in order to reduce property taxes. There’s incentive: the state is agreeing to match any savings. However, most school districts are not joining in. That’s a problem because they make up the lion’s share of a taxpayer’s property tax bill.
Residents in Elmira are about to see their property tax bill go way up. The city proposed a 17 percent increase to fund staffing and services at the current level. It passed last night without a vote.
Steuben County is tackling the opioid epidemic. For a relatively rural county, it’s been hit pretty hard. The number of deaths tripled in 2016 and the county says it doesn’t have the resources to fight it.
In the month since the Dick’s Sporting Goods distribution center opened Conklin, it’s given a bump to employment in the Southern Tier.
A proposed gas transfer station won’t be coming to the town of Fenton for the time being. Fenton is in Broome County, just north of Binghamton.
The Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town of Fenton in Broome County wants some time to go over information before deciding whether a proposed natural transfer station can move forward.
After a holiday season of eating and eating and eating, many of us are packing gyms, trying to get back in shape for the New Year. Your exercising options in the winter might seem bleak. Gyms can be crowded and, if I can editorialize a bit, running on a treadmill is boring. The good news is running outside in cold winter months can be a great alternative. “I think it’s wonderful to be out of doors in the winter,” said Sarah Thompson, a Health and Wellness Lecturer at Binghamton University.
Part of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address last week was an expansion of his shared services plan. That’s a push by the state to get local governments to be more efficient to ease property tax burden. Cuomo said property taxes have been a major burden on taxpayers for a long time, but a change to the federal tax law limits what people can deduct on their state and local taxes to $10,000. There had been no limit. “Our property taxes have long been an obstacle to growth, but today with the federal SALT provision, it’s an economic cancer,” Cuomo said during his State of the State speech.
Opponents of Thursday’s FCC decision to roll back net neutrality rules are concerned about the effect on broadband internet access, especially in rural areas. Bringing broadband to these areas can be expensive. For the last couple years, the FCC had regulated the internet as a utility. Now, that’s changed and some fear providers won’t have the incentive to bring better access to rural areas. One solution could be open access networks. These supply the infrastructure for broadband internet; things like fiber are laid down.
Residents voted on Monday to dissolve the Village of Van Etten. Village services will now be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten. Village dissolution passed 103-76. The town of the Van Etten has the highest property tax rate among towns in Chemung County. Supporters of dissolution hope absorbing things like the village sales tax will help lower those rates.
Residents in the Village of Van Etten are split over whether to dissolve their government. They vote on it next week. If yes, the village would be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten, but, the decision is not just about saving money. It’s about a deep rift between the village and town governments. Heather Gable and a small group of people took it upon themselves earlier this year to circulate a petition and bring village dissolution up for a vote.
Residents in Jacksonville, New York must still deal with fallout from an underground gas leak at a Mobil station in the 1970’s. Jacksonville is a hamlet in the Town of Ulysses in Tompkins County. Now, Ulysses owns the properties contaminated by the spill. That includes a historic Methodist church. The church is two stories tall.
Steuben County plans to join the chorus of municipalities filing lawsuits over the opioid epidemic. The county legislature gave the unanimous go-ahead to pursue the lawsuit on Monday. Steuben is targeting major pharmaceutical companies and large prescribers. Large prescribers could mean places like hospital systems. The decision came after the public urged legal action at forums in Bath, Corning and Hornell. The county population is relatively small, but still had 16 overdose deaths last year. “The number is staggering in comparison to what we were looking at even five years ago.
Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives. The Republican’s district includes Elmira, Corning and Ithaca. He was an architect of the bill. At a town hall at the American Legion in Horseheads, Reed was greeted with jeers. The building was packed with residents who disapprove of the Republican tax bill.
US Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to change the sexual harassment culture in Washington. In an interview last week with the New York Times, Gillibrand said President Clinton should have resigned over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. Gillibrand’s been criticized for waiting until now to make the comments. Philippe Reines, an ex-Hillary Clinton advisor, called Gillibrand a “hypocrite” on Twitter. Reines said the Senator shouldn’t have taken campaign contributions if she felt so strongly about Clinton’s affair. During a visit to Broome County on Monday, Gillibrand said Reines’ comments were wrong, but didn’t focus much on the criticism.
The mayor of Binghamton texted Southern Tier Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) about his worries with the bill – worries that she shared. But it wasn’t until US Vice President Mike Pence called her Wednesday afternoon that Tenney finally decided to help pass it. The sticking point? The elimination of a state and local tax deduction – or SALT. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return. It protects against “double taxation.”
Part of the debate over Republican tax plans in Congress has been a limit to the state and local tax, or SALT, deduction. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return. It’s been a sticking point in New York. Seven of the state’s nine Republican members of Congress want to keep the deduction. Governor Cuomo and other state Democratic leaders do, too.
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.
Even with no update on the station, Fenton Planning Board meetings are packed and tense. At a meeting this week, residents protested the station wearing white t-shirts that read “no compressor station” in red and black writing. There’s a picture of a gas pipeline on the bottom. The residents and the board are waiting to hear back from the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation is combing through 14 state agencies to pick one to run an environmental study.
Even with no update on the station, Fenton Planning Board meetings are packed and tense. At a meeting this week, residents protested the station wearing white t-shirts that read “no compressor station” in red and black writing. There’s a picture of a gas pipeline on the bottom. The residents and the board are waiting to hear back from the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation is combing through 14 state agencies to pick one to run an environmental study.
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.
New York’s Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers. “How Many of Us Are There?” Husband and wife duo Bill Gruber and Helen McLean live in Franklin, New York. Their home sits among the rolling hills of rural Delaware County.
Binghamton’s professional hockey team plays its first regular-season game on Saturday. The Binghamton Devils borrowed their nickname from the New Jersey Devils, their parent club. The word “Devil” can connote fire, torture, burning for all eternity. But, not this Devil. This one is based on an urban legend. “This is not the devil of the bible,” said Angus Gillespie, a professor and folklorist at Rutger University. “This is a creature, a legendary creature of southern New Jersey.”
So, think less Adam and Eve and more Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot.
The Town of Fenton is prepared to start over with a new process to approve a natural gas transfer station. A Broome County Supreme Court Judge halted the project this week. The judge said the town didn’t follow the proper safety and environmental procedures when it approved the application from NG Advantage, a natural gas delivery company. But he did open the door for the company to reapply. NG indicates it plans to do so.
The deadline for the final round of funding for New York’s Broadband Program is August 31.* The funding will cover projects for the last two percent of the state. These are some of the most remote areas, where the terrain can be rough and population is sparse. Jeff Golden works for HaefeleTV, a small telecom company in Spencer, New York. He said the public investment is needed for these areas. “There isn’t a version of this story where these are areas that are going to be covered via private investment,” Golden said.
Broome County is launching a program to get treatment for people at risk of an opioid overdose. It’s called the Peer Response Team. It works with law enforcement, hospitals and social services around Broome County. The idea is to better connect people at risk of an overdose to the services they need. “It is my hope that this initiative will give us the opportunity to be out in the community,” said Jill Lloyd, of the Addiction Center of Broome County, “[It can help us] reach out to populations who may not feel comfortable stepping forward and stepping up to treatment services themselves.” The ACBC will have certified peer advocates meet with the at-risk person, establish contact and conduct wellness checks. County Executive Jason Garnar said there were 76 overdose deaths in Broome last year.
Antanisha Garrett likes it in Elmira. “Coming from a fast paced state like New Jersey, it’s really different,” she said. “You can really come here and get your life together.” Garrett has tried to do just that. She’s lived in the Southern Tier off-and-on for several years. But she’s now in Elmira full-time.
A hearing on Wednesday in Broome County Supreme Court may decide the fate of a proposed natural gas transfer station in the Town of Fenton. The company NG Advantage wants to build the station in Fenton, which is just north of Binghamton. Separate lawsuits from residents, a church and the Chenango Valley School District say the company and the Town didn’t follow the right procedures. They also question the reliability of safety reports and environmental impact studies. Maeve Tooher is a lawyer representing the school. She said the judge told both sides he’d have a decision soon.
Maureen Singer is not happy about a proposed natural gas transfer station in the Town of Fenton. “It’s tough to digest how a responsible governing body approved that,” she said. A natural gas transfer station taps into an existing pipeline, puts the gas on trucks, and ships it to places where relatively inexpensive fuel might be hard to get. The town approved the project earlier this year. Singer is part of a group of residents that filed a lawsuit against Fenton and the company building the transfer station, NG Advantage. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Wednesday. A church and the Chenango Valley School District have filed separate lawsuits. Concern Over Process Next to the proposed site, there are baseball fields, a playground, and a basketball court.
It’s been a turbulent year for Elmira’s First Arena. In 2016, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency bought the arena. The IDA wanted to sell it quickly to a private owner, but things still aren’t settled. Just last week, a potential buyer backed out. Amanda Renko has been reporting on the story for the Elmira Star-Gazette. She joined WSKG’s Gabe Altieri to discuss what happened. Interview highlights On the details of the original deal: Amanda Renko: In March, the Chemung County IDA held a press conference and announced that the proposed new buyer would be Brian Barrett, who is a co-owner of the Simmons-Rockwell auto dealership group.
Last year, several upstate school districts were criticized New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for exceeding the cap on their unexpended surplus fund, also known as a rainy day fund. Now, a pair Southern Tier lawmakers are trying to raise that cap: Republican Fred Akshar in the Senate and Democrat Donna Lupardo in the Assembly. Here’s why the fund is important: this past school year, the Southern Tier got hammered with snow. Which is something Union-Endicott Superintendent Suzanne McLeod knows all too well. “This past year?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been criticized for a lack of results. He’s said they’ll bring jobs to the state, others argue that’s not happening. Joe Spector is the Albany Bureau Chief for the Gannett Papers. He and his colleagues investigated Cuomo’s economic development programs. Read the rest of the stories here, here and here. WSKG’s Gabe Altieri sat down with Spector to discuss his reporting. On whether the spending has created jobs: Joe Spector: It’s been really a tale of two states.
VESTAL, NY (WSKG) – The high school spring sports season is coming to an end. For baseball players, it’s the first year they’ve had a limit on how much they can throw. But is it enough to keep young pitchers from blowing out their arms? Brandon Olbrys coaches the Deposit-Hancock baseball team in Delaware County. He had a pretty good spring.
New York lawmakers want fewer elections. They say they can save millions of dollars by consolidating primaries for state and federal offices into one day, but they can’t agree on when that day should be. Both legislative chambers have passed bills to consolidate the primaries. Democrats in the Assembly want to hold the elections in June. Senate Republicans want August. These primaries would be for all state and federal offices, except the presidency.
A Binghamton University professor says he’s running for Congress because he thinks science and technology is ignored in Washington. “I am pleased, terrified out of my mind, excited – I don’t know what you want to call it – to be running for Congress in New York’s 22nd District,” said Patrick Madden, computer science professor, on the Binghamton University campus Monday morning. Madden identifies as a Democrat and hopes to challenge freshman Republican Claudia Tenney in 2018. Madden wants to run because he thinks there needs to be more representatives from the technology world in Congress. He’s against a decision by Tenney and other Republicans to vote to repeal Obama-era internet privacy rules.
State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are touting workers’ compensation reform as a win this legislative session. It was added as part of the recently approved New York State budget. WSKG’s Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri discuss some of the big changes. Interview Highlights:
On what workers’ compensation is:
Gabe Altieri: Worker’s compensation is the insurance that employers buy to cover employees who are injured at work. It’s a big cost for businesses.
Micatu is growing fast, The Horseheads start-up has over 20 employees right now and wants to expand to more than a hundred. “Started in my garage with $75 and, you know, five years later, here we are,” co-founder Mike Oshetski explained. Oshetski credits state economic development money for helping Micatu grow. The company makes a device that tracks energy usage. It sells the device to utilities.
Public money is often used to fund stadium upgrades. Elected officials say it builds up a local economy by attracting businesses, who want to set up nearby, and people, who spend their dollars in the city. That claim is debated in major league cities around the country. But what about smaller cities, like Elmira and Binghamton? Could stadiums benefit those economies?
While lawmakers debate New York’s budget in Albany, the head of Tompkins County is worried about one of the proposals.
The proposal would require local governments to come up with a way to consolidate services by November. Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane thinks that’s too much, too fast.
While lawmakers debate New York’s budget in Albany, the head of Tompkins County is worried about one of the proposals. The proposal would require local governments to come up with a way to consolidate services by November. Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane thinks that’s too much, too fast. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo proposed requiring counties to develop a plan with municipalities to share services. Cuomo said this would relieve property taxes.
Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses. WSKG’s Gabe Altieri spoke with Valessa Souter-Kline, who works with NYSEIA, about what the decision means for the solar industry. NYSEIA is a trade association that advocates for the solar industry. On what the Public Service Commission decided:
Valessa Souter-Kline: This new system gets into ‘what is solar actually providing to the grid?’
The New York Public Service Commission could make a decision this week that would have a big impact on the state’s solar industry. Advocates for small solar producers worry they’ll be left behind. Big Pay Back For Small Producers
Meredith Kohn-Bocek has had solar panels on her house for about five years. She seems to be the only one in her small Tioga County neighborhood who has them. “I’m not aware of anyone else in the terrace that has solar,” she said.
Several Republican members of Congress from around the country have lamented over “paid protesters” at town halls over the last month. Binghamton area Congresswoman Claudia Tenney cited “paid protestors” as a reason not to hold a town hall meeting. John Roby is an investigative reporter with the Press and Sun Bulletin. He and his colleagues set out to find examples of paid protestors across the state. He joined WSKG’s Gabe Altieri to talk about it.
New York State wants municipalities to share services and it’s offering $20 million to do it. Chemung County and the City of Elmira had planned to apply for the funds, but that has now changed. The two municipalities already share a lot of services, so they felt they had a good shot at winning the $20 million. They informally agreed to apply for the money, but city leaders had second thoughts. They were worried they’d have to dissolve and the state language on that wasn’t clear.
The future of Elmira’s First Arena is in jeopardy. A proposed sale might not happen because of a disagreement between the Chemung County’s Industrial Development Agency and the City of Elmira. WSKG’s Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri discuss the cause of the disagreement and what might happen now. Interview Highlights:
On First Arena’s ownership history:
“Back in June, the Chemung Industrial Development Agency bought the arena. It was supposed to be a temporary thing, as it looked for a new owner.
ELMIRA (WSKG) – As Elmira plans out how to spend $10 million to revitalize its downtown, the city is looking for some life. There doesn’t seem to be much in the area. A symbol of Elmira’s downtown revitalization might be the Lake Street Bridge. The bridge is currently closed to all traffic: pedestrians, cars, everybody. But those in charge of the revitalization want to change that.
BINGHAMTON (WSKG) – Professional hockey in Binghamton will have a new look next year. “The New Jersey Devils will be bringing their American Hockey League development team to Binghamton and the Floyd L. Veterans Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will be their home,” said part-owner Tom Mitchell. New Jersey replaces Ottawa as the team’s NHL affiliate. Last year, Ottawa announced it would move its American Hockey League affiliate to Belleville, Ontario. At the time, Mitchell said the AHL guaranteed Binghamton would get a replacement team.
Among the winners in New York’s Regional Economic Development awards last month were colleges and universities. Binghamton University, Cornell University and Broome Community College combined to win nearly $700,000 through the economic development grants. The money will be spent on research labs, manufacturing and start-up business incubators. Amanda Knarr works for the American Institute for Economic Research. She said this kind of investment creates jobs.
The future of Elmira’s First Arena has been in question for most of 2016, but there could be answers within the next month. First Arena is home of the Elmira Jackals hockey team. Both have been owned by the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency since June. The group hopes to sell both by the end of January. Mike Krusen is the head of Southern Tier Economic Growth, which supports the Chemung County IDA.
Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing will expand into the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company factory. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the decision on Tuesday in Johnson City and expects the move to create about 150 jobs. Cuomo said it should help the Southern Tier recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs and transition an innovation economy through high-tech and healthcare jobs. That’s something, he says, that’s taken too long. “Upstate New York learned that lesson, parts of Pennsylvania learned that lesson,” said Cuomo.
In September, a class from Wells College was on Cayuga Lake, near Aurora, when someone noticed a non-native weed in the water. It was hydrilla, an invasive plant that can cause big problems.
Hillary Lambert, with the Cayuga Lake Watershed, is trying to figure out how widespread the hydrilla is before the lake gets even colder and freezes. “If we let hydrilla take control over several years time, it could make large areas of the shoreline impassable every summer,” she explained. Hydrilla grows quickly in the water. Once it reaches the surface, it creates a dense mat and crowds out other plants.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lack what the FCC considers “broadband speed” internet. As part of our series on the issues at stake in this election, WSKG’s Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri discuss the problem and possible solutions. Interview Highlights
On why is rural broadband important
Gabe Altieri: Well, this is a big problem for a lot of people. I took a trip to Windsor to meet Steve Herz. He’s a former Broome County Legislator and led a charge to get funding for rural broadband about a decade ago.
The American Legion Post 80 is one of Bert Proper’s favorite places. Aside from the plaques, pictures and flags that remind him of military service history, he loves the feel of the building. “You’re around people that have been there,” he explained. Proper means been deployed. He served during the Persian Gulf War and had a tough transition back home.
Tompkins County Solid Waste Division rolled out their traveling compost drop spot Saturday. Shishir Nair, a senior at Cornell, came to drop off his food scraps. “Yeah, we have a small compost bin at my house that my dad started, but we don’t really use that very often and it’s hard to get to in the winter,” he said. Convenience is one thing the county is hoping to accomplish. They already have a few static sites.
American Graduate Day is tomorrow. It’s a day meant to highlight “education heroes”–the people who inspire kids to graduate. We can’t fully appreciate the day without understanding the trend we’re fighting. The big statistic is that in the United States, 1 in 5 students will drop out. Annie Cartie from WSKG’s education department tells us that finding the dropout rate for the Southern Tier region is difficult.