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Broome Budget Proposed Funding Cuts Challenged

Broome County Executive Debra Preston’s proposed budget is facing plenty of criticism on a number of fronts.

At an October 10 public hearing, dozens of residents were on hand to voice their opinions, from bus drivers to farmers to members of the arts community

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton City Council Says Broome Transit IS Our Business

Binghamton City Council is siding with some B.C. Transit riders who say they’re worried that privatizing the bus service is going to mean higher rates, fewer routes and poorer service.

Council voted six to one to pass a resolution voicing their opposition to privatization

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Hearing Planned On Hospital Parking

The Binghamton City Planning Commission is considering a request by Lourdes Hospital to turn what was established as a temporary parking lot into a permanent lot.

The 63-space lot on Lourdes Road was approved in 2009 to help make up for parking areas which would be unavailable because of a major hospital construction project

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Construction Continues On Johnson City Liquor Store

A liquor store being built on Johnson City property owned by Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets is expected to open in a few months.

Crews started working at the site at 700 Harry L Drive over the summer

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Dickinson Man Accused Of Stealing $80,000

A town of Dickinson man has been charged with felony grand larceny for allegedly stealing nearly $81,000 over the last year.

Authorities say 47-year-old Robert Klepfer was arrested following a state police investigation

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton University Plans for Pharmacy School

Binghamton University is going ahead with plans for setting up a pharmacy school.

The initial plans were outlined during a breakfast forum at the Binghamton Club October 1.  Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Donald Nieman says it's possible the new school could be open as early as the 2017 fall semester

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Vestal Electronics Recycler is Closing

Close to seven dozen people are due to lose their jobs when a Vestal electronics recycling company closes at the end of the year.

Eco International LLC has files a Worker Adjustment and Retraining notice with the New York State Department of labor saying the plant on Stage Road will close and layoffs will begin in November

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

David: Binghamton Should Explore Sewage Privatization

Republican mayoral candidate Richard David says privatization of the sewage treatment plant and other services provided by the city of Binghamton should be studied.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, David indicated it would be useful to examine whether specific operations might be privatized.

David said:

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

More New York Farms are Internet Connected

The National Agriculture Statistics Service says it has found more farms in New York State than ever before have internet service.

The report says 69% of Empire State farms had internet access, compared to 66 % in 2011

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Photo by Kathy Whyte

National Pipe in Vestal Cited for 16 Serious Safety Violations

National Pipe and Plastics  is being cited for sixteen serious safety violations following the March 22nd death of a contract truck driver who was hit by a forklift at the Vestal facility.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says, among its findings, National Pipe's forklift driver had an obstructed view of the pathway and the backup alarm on the equipment didn't work

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