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DEC Focuses On Reviewing Tens of Thousands of Public Responses to Hydrofracking

Posted February 6, 2012

The state's hydrofracking advisory panel is in flux as the Department of Environmental Conservation wades through tens of thousands of public responses it received on the much-debated drilling technique.

Vote Planned for West Water Street Development Project

Posted January 27, 2012

Elmira – A Queens-based developer wants to put apartments and commercial space in three vacant buildings in Downtown Elmira. The Marvin, Harold’s and Rosenbaum buildings were targeted for demolition, but there may now be another option.

Elmira Pioneers Baseball Team Under New Ownership

Posted January 19, 2012

ELMIRA -- The Elmira Pioneers are now under local ownership.

Local Officials React to Governor Cuomo's "State of the State" Address

Posted January 9, 2012

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Nearby Gas Drilling Provides Economic Benefits Locally

Posted December 28, 2011

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — At the Glamour and Glow boutique in the local mall here, crystal necklaces and fake fur vests have been hot-ticket items the last year.

When the drilling workers head home between long stretches of work in this gas-rich region, explained Christy Spreng, the shop’s owner, they need gifts for their wives and girlfriends. “They know what they want,” she said. “They’ll say: ‘Looks good. Wrap it up.’”

Sales are up 60 percent at the boutique this year. At the two Holiday Inns here in Chemung County, occupancy has been at or near capacity for months at a time. And in the nearby town of Big Flats, the regional airport has added flights, parking spaces and restrooms, and is extending a runway to accommodate larger jets.

Elmira Corning Regional Airport to Begin Daily, Direct New York City Service

Posted December 19, 2011

At a press conference held on December 16th, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, announced Delta Air Lines will begin a daily flight to JFK International Airport beginning in June of 2012.

Schumer Creates Campaign to Boost N.Y.S. Breweries

Posted December 15, 2011

Schumer, New York’s senior senator, announced Wednesday (December 14th) the creation of a new campaign aimed at placing more locally brewed New York beer in restaurants, bars and stores in New York City and throughout the state. His “I Love NY Brew” campaign is backed by the New York Brewers Association and many upstate breweries.

Southern Tier Economic Development Council Presents Plan in Albany

Posted November 30, 2011

ALBANY -- Upstate New York can be rebuilt, and the Southern Tier -- with its under-exploited private-sector strengths and world-class educational institutions -- would be a great place to start.

State DEC Holds Public Hearing on Natural Gas Drilling in the Southern Tier

Posted November 18, 2011

BINGHAMTON -- It was the perfect setting for the Southern Tier's longest-running drama.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli Unveils Proposed Budget

Posted November 10, 2011

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has unveiled his proposed 2012 Budget, which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the seventh straight year.

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