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Congress Without Maurice Hinchey

A new U.S. Congress is being sworn in and, for the first time in 20 years, Maurice Hinchey will not be among lawmakers taking the oath in Washington D.C.

The Ulster Democrat announced his retirement last year following health issues

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Hanna: Tax Agreement “Adds Certainty”

Congressman Richard Hanna says "there's a lot to be happy about" with the deal that addressed tax issues important to individuals and business owners.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program this morning, Hanna said the "average person" in the Binghamton area would have wound up with a tax hike of $2,000 to $3,000 if the agreement had not been approved.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

DiNapoli: Cliff Deal Is “Welcome News”

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he's "relieved" that tax cuts for most middle class taxpayers have been extended by the so-called "fiscal cliff" agreement in Washington.

In a statement released by his office this afternoon, DiNapoli said he viewed the congressional action as "welcome news

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

Libous: Statewide Pistol Registry Under Consideration

Legislative leaders in Albany have been having discussions with Governor Andrew Cuomo about possible actions that may be pursued in the aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school shooting.

State Senate deputy majority leader Thomas Libous says while some lawmakers have been talking about tougher gun laws, he's particularly concerned about mental health issues

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City of Binghamton
City of Binghamton

Binghamton Gatherings Become More Pricey

Festivals and other gatherings to take place in the City of Binghamton next year will have to obtain their permits earlier and pay higher fees.

During it's final session of 2012, City Council approved changes that require groups to apply for a permit 35 days before the event, instead of the previous 25 days

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Ryan Joins U.S. Mayors Calling For Action on Guns

Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan is one of several hundred mayors from across the United States who today called on President Obama to take steps to address gun-related issues in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting

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Lupardo: Southern Tier Will Benefit From Economic Development Aid

The Southern Tier will receive $91 million in economic development assistance from New York State.

Governor Cuomo announced a second round of regional economic development grants this morning.

The money for the Southern Tier is to be used to fund 62 proposed projects

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Assembly Hearing Set on Proposed Fracking Rules

Another public hearing on planned regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing is in the works.

Three members of the state Assembly have announced the session will be held in Albany on January 10

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Photo: Getty Images

Federal Government To Buy Out Some Flooded JC Properties

Village of Johnson City Officials were informed this week by FEMA that approval has been granted to the New York State Office of Emergency Management to fund the village's application for nine home buyouts

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David: City Hall Financial Controls Should Be Reviewed

A former Binghamton mayoral candidate who may seek the office next year is calling for better oversight of city employees following a series of thefts.

Richard David says it's time for the city to hire an internal auditor to identify deficiencies in systems that are supposed to prevent stealing by government workers

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