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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Wants Metal Theft a Federal Crime

 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says metal thefts should be a federal crime. 

The New York Democrat made a stop in the Town of Dickinson November 26 to announce he’s backing a bill that would require scrap metal dealers to limit any cash they pay for copper and other metals to 100-dollars with the rest of the payment to be made by check and to make sure they get documentation on who owns the scrap and where it came from.

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Tioga Downs Expansion Plans Move Forward

The owner of Tioga Downs says he believes he has the strongest of three proposals for a Southern Tier casino offering table games, slots and several amenities.

Jeff Gural broke ground November 18 for an indoor parking garage at his Town of Nichols racino as the first part of expansion plans

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

Delay Urged in New York Mental Health Services Closures

A group of area lawmakers, including Republican New York State Senator Thomas Libous of Binghamton, are calling on the state to at least delay the planned closing of the Broome Developmental Center and programs at the Binghamton and Elmira psychiatric facilities

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BOCES Business Representative Warns Chenango Forks of Deficit Under Merger

Residents in the Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley school districts are preparing for a test vote on the idea of merging the two districts and some residents in at least one of those districts may be having cause for more reservations

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Final Broome Budget Hearings

Broome County lawmakers are collecting final comments from residents on the final draft of a county budget.

The legislature made 11 changes to the proposal put forth by executive Debra Preston and the public was asked for comment on just those changes

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Southern Tier Landowners Plan Fracking Delay Lawsuit

Environmentalists opposed to hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas in New York say a lawsuit being filed by a group of Southern Tier landowners over the delay in a decision about fracking is a publicity stunt

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Planned Broome Developmental Center Discussed

New York State’s plans to close the Broome Developmental Center is getting mixed reviews from residents, employees of the Town of Dickinson facility, lawmakers and agencies that deal with residents with developmental disabilities

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Broome County Jail Expansion Approved

Broome County’s jail complex is about to be expanded.

The Broome County Legislature has approved $5.7 million in borrowing to expand the county correctional facility.

The jail in the Town of Dickinson has suffered from serious overcrowding for years

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Revised Broome Budget Raises Tax Levy 1.77%

Broome County residents will have one final chance to weigh in on next year's spending in county government before a final budget goes into place at the end of the month.

The legislature yesterday unanimously approved a close to $375 million budget that increases the tax levy 1

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Casino Gambling Passes in New York

New York State is going along with a majority of Broome County voters, approving the expansion of casino gambling in the state.

The rush is now on to submit bids to the state Gaming Commission for the licenses for the seven Las Vegas-style casinos, one of which is to be located in the Southern Tier

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