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New York’s Senate Advocates for Animals

The New York State is putting a bite on crimes against animals.

Albany went to the dogs, and cats, and birds and other pets June 3 as the Senate held its annual Animal Advocacy Day.

The Senate passed a number of measures:

* Double the jail time for people who commit acts of cruelty to animals in front of children to four years

* Double the maximum fine of misdemeanor abandonment of animals to $2,000

* make the theft of a pet a felony grand larceny offense

* increase the penalties for leaving a companion animal in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold temperatures with a first offense a fine of $250-$500 and $500-$1,000 for repeat offenses

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Binghamton Councilman Chris Papastrat Seeks Reelection

The Binghamton City Councilman from the 5th District is formally announcing he wants another term.

Republican Chris Papastrat is in his second term.

The formal announcement is being made at the Park Diner on Conklin Avenue, which the Papatrat family has owned and operated for close to 40 years

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Cornwell Running for Broome County District Attorney

A Republican candidate has announced he'll challenge Democratic Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen in November.

42-year-old Steve Cornwell of Endicott operates a law firm in Binghamton

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Libous Wants Property Tax Cap Retained

Senator Thomas Libous says he wants New York state's property tax cap to be made permanent.

The Republican-controlled Senate has voted in favor of retaining the tax cap which was enacted in 2011.

Libous, a Binghamton Republican, did not vote on the plan to keep the tax cap

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Divide New York Caucus

Town Officials Discuss Plan to Divide New York

Some town officials are talking about a plan to divide New York into two autonomous regions.

Members of the Upstate New York Towns Association met with the leader of a group that wants to break away from the nine downstate counties.

Association president Carolyn Price said the session was held Saturday in De

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

Sen. Libous’ Son Sentenced to Jail Time

New York State Senator Thomas Libous’ son, Matthew, will be spending six months in jail for tax fraud charges.

The younger Libous was sentenced in Federal Court in White Plains May 18 after the 37 year old was found guilty of failing to pay all due taxes from 2007 to 2009 and not repaying all the money after he was convicted in January

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Florida Firm to Conduct BC Transit Study

Broome County will be paying $80,000 to TransPro Consulting from Tampa, Florida to outline plans to revamp the county’s bus service.

The county legislature has okayed the year-long contract to look into ways to make BC Transit more efficient in both its rate structure and routes

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Broome County Sheriff's Office

Broome County Undersheriff Minor to Retire

Broome County Undersheriff Alex Minor is planning to retire from the post next month.

The 67-year-old Minor has been undersheriff since March 2010. Prior to joining the Broome County Sheriff's Office, Minor worked for the Binghamton Police Department for almost four decades

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Big Lots Plaza Could Collapse

Broome County and City of Binghamton officials are being told the former Big Lots plaza should be condemned due to significant structural deterioration.

A survey conducted last month by Delta engineers reported the plaza is at risk of collapse

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Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images [file]

Skelos Out as New York Senate Majority Leader

Amid growing pressure, Republican New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island is retaining his senate seat but relinquishes his leadership role.

Skelos is accused of corruption, allegedly using his power in state government to extort payments to his son, Adam from an environmental technology company and a real estate firm

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