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New York Ranked Last In Freedom Study

A just-released study suggest Americans who like freedom might not love New York.

The Freedom in the 50 States study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University puts New York last after assessing an assortment of issues that affect perceived freedom.

Study co-author Jason Sorens is an assistant professor in the SUNY Buffalo

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Libous: Budget Talks Continue on Specific Issues

There's a conceptual agreement on a New York state budget but plenty of details still have to be addressed before a final spending plan is adopted by lawmakers.

Senator Thomas Libous says among the issues to be determined is the size of funding cuts for programs that help New Yorkers with disabilities

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Lupardo Concerned About School District Finances

The financial situation facing many New York state school districts is worsening and officials are publicly worrying about what might happen if districts can't pay their bills.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she meets regularly with local school officials

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Video Portrays A Pro-Fracking Cuomo As Hitler

A parody video posted on YouTube depicting a pro-fracking Governor Andrew Cuomo as Adolf Hitler is generating controversy.

The video uses about three-and-a-half minutes of a 2004 film called "Downfall

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DiNapoli Preparing Analysis of Cuomo Budget

The New York State Comptroller's Office is completing a detailed review of Governor Cuomo's budget proposal.

Thomas DiNapoli says the analysis hasn't been finalized but it should be ready for release in a few days

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Binghamton: Home of the Biggest Indoor Environmental Disaster

It happened 32 years ago in downtown Binghamton.

A transformer fire in the basement of the Binghamton State Office Building erupted at about 5:28 a.m. on February 5, 1981.

It resulted in what's been viewed as the nation's most expensive indoor environmental disaster

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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dies at 88

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died early Friday morning at the age of 88 after spending the last several months in and out of hospitals.

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Binghamton Area Lost Jobs Over Past Year

The number of private sector jobs in the Binghamton labor market fell over the past twelve months while the overall number of jobs in New York state rose.

According to the state Department of Labor, the Binghamton region's job count dropped by two-tenths of a percent between December 2011 and December 2012

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Binghamton-Area DOT Crews Helped After Sandy

Dozens of New York State Department of Transportation workers from the Binghamton region provided assistance to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

About fifty employees from this area spent time downstate, helping augment crews in New York City and Long Island, as well as in Orange and Ulster counties

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Libous On Possible Democrat Takeover of Senate: “Lord, I Hope Not”

New York State Senator Thomas Libous was blunt when he spoke of the possibility that Democrats may regain control of the Senate in January: "Lord, I hope not."

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Thursday, Libous said he's more optimistic that Republicans will hold on to their majority.

The Binghamt

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