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N.E. Pennsylvania Benefits From Natural Gas Play

A Pennsylvania Congressman says Bradford and Tioga County municipalities are reaping the rewards of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Republican Representative Matt Barker of Wellsboro released a statement recently saying the counties and municipalities are in line to collect about $22

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Binghamton Buys Street Sweepers With FEMA Funds

The city of Binghamton has purchased a pair of street sweepers to replace older units that sustained heavy wear and tear as the result of cleanup work after the 2011 flood.

The equipment cost nearly $389,000

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Beefs Up Code Enforcement

Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the City is taking steps to crack down on code violators, especially in areas identified as problem neighborhoods.

David joined Code Enforcement officers June 6 for an enforcement sweep on the West Side

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Zombie Kill Bill Targets Abandoned Properties in New York

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking to make the owners of vacant properties accountable for upkeep of the structures and land.

A proposed bill called the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act or the Zombie Kill Bill targets so-called zombie properties and would force mortgage holders, including banks that have foreclosed on properties, to maintain the locations until the foreclosure is final

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Local Facking Ban Ruling Expected in New York’s High Court

New York State's highest court could come to a decision by the 4th of July as to whether municipalities like Dryden in Tompkins County can use their zoning laws to prevent gas companies from using hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas within their borders

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

NYSEG Using Hybrid Bucket Truck In Binghamton Area

One of the bucket trucks NYSEG's using for streetlight repairs is quieter than traditional vehicles employed by the utility.

The Altec hybrid bucket truck utilized by NYSEG in the Binghamton area can be spotted by its specially-designed graphics which identify it as an electric vehicle that's "clean" and "quiet

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file]

Fracking Rallies Planned For Obama’s Cooperstown Visit

Opponents of high-volume hydraulic fracturing are planning to hold a demonstration in Cooperstown in conjunction with President Obama's scheduled visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Organizers say they hope to have the rally near the Hall of Fame but the location will be affected by security guidelines established by the Secret Service

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton Prepares for Summer

Speaking on the May 24 edition of the local weekly public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Ross Park Zoo Special Events & Media Relations Assistant, Rachel Davenport says activities at the zoo on Morgan Road on Binghamton's South Side are really picking up for the summer season.
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New York Department of Environmental Conservation photo
New York Department of Environmental Conservation photo

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in New York State

Volunteers have been attaching purple ribbons from trees around New York State for the fourth annual Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Awareness Week through May 24.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says the beetle that is native to China has been spreading to 22 states and Quebec in Canada where it has been killing millions of ash trees

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Minor Flooding In Binghamton Region

Scattered flood-related problems occurred in parts of the Twin Tiers as a result of today's heavy rain.

The site where the old MacArthur Elementary School stood on Vestal Avenue in Binghamton looked like a lake just days after construction on a new school had started

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