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Proposal Would Change Broome Public Hearing Times

More people may be able to make it to Broome County government public hearings in the future without having to skip out of work.

Legislation is being introduced to make sure all public hearings held by the County Legislature, County Executive or any agency or department of Broome County government would start no earlier than 5 p

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New Leadership in the New York Assembly Vows Reform

The new Speaker of the New York State Assembly is a Democrat from the Bronx.

Carl Heastie was elected by the house to take over from Sheldon Silver, who took a seat among the rank and file yesterday to vote for Heastie as the new leader

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Sen. Libous on Trial in July

New York State Senator Thomas Libous of Binghamton is to appear in Federal Court in White Plains July 13 to face one charge of making a false statement to the FBI.

The Republican is accused of lying to federal authorities when they asked if he used his political influence to land a job at a downstate law firm for his son

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

New York Casino Work Groups to Form

New York State is setting perimeters for the development of new, full-service casinos.

The Gaming Commission is setting up three regulatory workgroups to work on a first-draft of proposed rules

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Broome County Pay Raises are Vetoed

Pay for non-union Broome County employees, including elected officials, will not be tied to the rates negotiated between the county and its largest employees’ union.

County Executive Debra Preston has vetoed a resolution that would have given annual raises based on the rate in the Civil Service Employees Association contract

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Legislator Plans Pay Raise Petition Drive

Broome County Legislator Jason Garnar says he will collect signatures calling for a referendum should the County Executive sign a measure into law that would give non-union county employees, including elected officials, pay raises based on the rate negotiated with the Civil Service Employees Association

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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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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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