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Senator Libous’ Son Convicted of Subscribing to False Tax Return

New York State Senator Thomas Libous’ son has been convicted of three counts concerning income tax fraud allegations and cleared of the more serious charge of obstructing the IRS.

Attorney, 37 year old Matthew Libous was found guilty in Federal Court of three counts of subscribing to false tax returns while he was acquitted of the more serious count of obstructing the IRS

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Silver Temporarily Cedes Assembly Speakership

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is stepping back from his leadership role temporarily after being accused of corruption and charged last week with several federal counts.

Silver wants five top democrats to share the leadership duties while he concentrates more on his defense

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Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

Free Binghamton App is Launched

A new, free app will allow Binghamton residents to submit and track service requests through their smartphones.

Residents can include a photo and description of the issue.  Current service requests include graffiti removal, pothole repair, garbage collection, snow plowing, street light repair and traffic issues

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Franking Demonstrations Coincide with State Budget Message

Opponents to high-volume hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas in New York State are applauding the decision by state officials to keep a ban on fracking in place indefinitely.

While the anti-frackers have been gathering at the annual state of the state address and other appearances by the governor for years to push for the ban, January 21 they traveled to Albany to hold a rally to thank the governor for the decision to prohibit the controversial drilling process

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Southern Tier Projects are Included in the New York Budget

New York State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch says he’s pleased that Governor Andrew Cuomo included $50 million in his budget proposal to support New York's agriculture industry.

The Bainbridge Republican says economic development funding will also greatly benefit the region

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in FBI Custody.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has turned himself in to the FBI following a lengthy investigation of his income from a law firm that has done business with the state.

Officials have not indicated the exact charges Silver may face

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Attorney Wants Binghamton Mayor Removed From Office

A Binghamton attorney says he plans to file a petition in state Supreme Court seeking the removal of Mayor Richard David from office.

Ronald Benjamin is representing Daisy Dawson, a woman who contends David tried to who use his influence in connection with a dispute between her and the mayor's girlfriend

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Assemblywoman Lupardo Outlines Priorities

The New York State Legislature is back in session and one local representative is outlining her list of priorities.

Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Endwell was sworn in to her sixth term January 7 and is calling for economic diversification to include further development of agriculture and niche markets

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Government Leadership Positions in Broome County Filled

7th District Binghamton City Councilman is the new Council president.  The Democrat replaces fellow Democrat, 3rd District Councilwoman Teri Rennia.

Rennia steps in as majority leader.

Rennia can't run again in the fall and said she did not to serve as president in her last year on Council

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Plans for Binghamton 2015 Are in the Cards on Close Up

Binghamton Mayor Richard David, is the featured guest on the January 10th edition of the weekly local public affairs program, 'Southern Tier Close Up'.

The show is a very unusual public affairs interview as the Mayor and host, Kathy Whyte, play a little game of cards to identify and address issues facing Binghamton in 2015

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