NY23 Candidates Debate Healthcare, Extremism, Values in Corning

Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano met in a debate Tuesday night at Corning Community College. They are running for the 23rd congressional district seat. The district covers the Western Southern Tier and parts of the Finger Lakes including Ithaca, Elmira and Hornell. The debate was televised by WETM-TV. Healthcare was a prominent topic.

Rep. Tom Reed Says He Supports Net Neutrality. Some Constituents Want Action.

ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Some constituents are urging Congressman Tom Reed to take action to support net neutrality. Reed represents New York’s 23rd congressional district, which stretches from Ithaca to Jamestown. Seven people met with a member of his staff in Ithaca on Tuesday morning. Back in December, the Federal Communications Commission repealed 2015 net neutrality rules that required internet providers to allow equal access to all web content. Congressman Reed supported the repeal.

GOP Guts Bill Proposing Independent Redistricting Commission

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS — The Pennsylvania legislature would get more control over how state legislative boundary lines are drawn under an amended bill that passed out of the House Government Committee along party lines Wednesday. The original bill removed lawmakers from the process in favor of an independent citizens’ commission. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, says lawmakers are the most accountable of anyone who might be tasked with legislative reapportionment. “The best way to make sure we have citizens actually being the ones redrawing, citizens who are held accountable to their fellow citizens who elect them to office, and are not just going to go away after the work is done, and be held accountable in the future for their decisions, is to totally gut and replace this bill,” said Metcalfe, committee chairman. Metcalfe’s amendment completely changed House Bill 722 from its original intent.


Residents Berate Rep. Tom Reed Over House Tax Bill At Town Hall

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.

Tonight at 8pm | New York’s 22nd: A League of Women Voters Debate

With no incumbent, the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District should be competitive. WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties present a live debate on Thursday evening, November 3rd, featuring candidates in the 22nd District. Martin Babinec, Invited and confirmed
Kim Myers, Invited and confirmed
Claudia Tenney – Invited and confirmed
Crystal Sarakas, host/moderator

In a debate governed with rules set by the LWV, the candidates will be on WSKG TV and WSQX Radio talking about their qualifications, government policies and answering questions submitted via Twitter (#NY22) and Facebook. Tune in at 8:00pm. Our Studio is filled to capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations for audience members at this time.


Deadline To Register To Vote In Congressional Primaries Is Friday

To have a say in the upcoming Congressional primaries, New Yorkers will need to register to vote by Friday. That won’t help all voters. All primaries in New York State are closed. That means in order to vote people registering will need to declare a party. That’s been a big deal to New York voters this election season.