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Binghamton Mayor’s Girlfriend Cleared, Mayor Still Sued

Legal actions against Binghamton Mayor Richard David’s girlfriend in an alleged assault case at a downtown bar early New Year’s Day has been dismissed.

The actions against Ericka Aminalee brought by Daisy Dawson were dismissed after Aminalee’s lawyer argued his client had not been properly served with papers indicating she would be part of the case

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Johnson City Owed $1.5 Million in Parking Fines

An audit of the  Village of Johnson City accounts by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office finds an irregularity in the Village Court's accounting software which raises concerns about accountability and shows the failure to collect $1

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I81 Bridge Could be Named For Late Trooper Chris Skinner

A bridge on Interstate 81 in Broome County is being named in honor of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner, who was killed in the line of duty a year ago.

A statement from state Senator Thomas Libous’ office praises the senate for unanimously passing the legislation to honor the Trooper with the naming of the bridge near where he was killed north of Hinman’s Corners

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A Second Southern Tier Casino Bid is Closer

It appears a developer who was unsuccessful in being chosen for a casino license in Schoharie County may submit a bid to challenge Tioga Downs for a casino in the Southern Tier.

According to reports in the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin, Jeffry Hyman is looking to develop a former industrial site off the Brandywine Highway in the City of Binghamton. The are

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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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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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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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