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Independent Redistricting Commission approves new Congressional map

New York state’s bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), in a recent 9-1 vote, approved a new congressional map following a years-long battle between the Democratic and Republican parties. The map will now...


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State Senate advances flood mitigation bills

The New York State Senate recently passed a series of bills designed to mitigate flooding and improve responses to natural disasters. Spearheaded by several senators, including Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the chamber’s majority leader,...


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Kraham proposes new fines for off-road vehicles operating in Binghamton

Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham proposed new fines for those operating off-road vehicles in the City of Binghamton amid concerns of excessive noise and public safety. The law will revise penalties for those...


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Vestal residents, Town Board divided over school resource officer program status, other concerns

On Valentine’s Day, Vestal residents gathered at the Town Hall, calling for the school resource officer (SRO) program’s expansion in the Vestal Central School District (CSD). Currently, four Vestal police officers oversee...


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Gov. Hochul designates Binghamton, Johnson City as 'pro-housing' communities

Last week, the City of Binghamton was one of 20 municipalities in New York state designated as a pro-housing community by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration. The designation was announced by the Hochul...


Sex Issue 2024

'Say the damn word': The state of abortion rights, locally and nationwide

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last June, abortion access has been stuck in a state of limbo across the United States. Though abortion rights have been threatened nationwide,...


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State Sen. Webb, Assemblywoman Reyes secure funding for BIPOC task force

State leaders held a press conference Jan. 31 on the Million Dollar Staircase in Albany to celebrate the signing of the BIPOC Task Force bill. Signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul in December,...


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Elected leaders hold press conference amid nursing home closures

Last Saturday, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and State Sen. Lea Webb, Greater Binghamton’s representatives in Albany, joined forces to address local nursing home closures. In the past two decades, New York state has...


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Proposal to dissolve Binghamton City Police receives first hearing in City Council

At a tense work session yesterday, Binghamton’s City Council heard a measure that would defund the Binghamton City Police. The measure was submitted to the council’s agenda by John Solak, a Binghamton...


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Nanu's Nashville Hot Chicken, a Philadelphia-based halal franchise, arrives Downtown

Binghamton’s Downtown added to its late-night food offerings with the introduction of Nanu’s Nashville Hot Chicken on Jan. 26. Originally from Philadelphia, the location — whose menu features chicken tenders and wings,...


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Vestal Supervisor Maria Sexton faces controversy over traffic stop

After just months in her office, Vestal Town Supervisor Maria Sexton has been met with controversy after pulling over a wrong-way driver on Vestal Parkway. According to Sexton, the incident occurred in...


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County legislative map, drawn following appeals court ruling, sparks backlash

Nearly two months after an appeals court threw out Broome County’s original legislative map, a new plan has been enacted and continues to spark controversy among county residents. The new map, redrawn...