Gabe Altieri

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Gabe is a native of Sackets Harbor, New York and 2014 graduate of Syracuse University. He began his broadcasting career with KNLV AM/FM in Ord, Nebraska before joining WSKG in 2016. Gabe’s background includes everything from covering city council meetings to play-by-play of Nebraska state basketball championships. This is his second stint in the Southern Tier. He lived here for a summer after graduating from Syracuse while interning with the Binghamton Mets.

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Residents voted on Monday to dissolve the Village of Van Etten. Village services will now be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten.

Village dissolution passed 103-76.  The town of the Van Etten has the highest property tax rate among towns in Chemung County. Supporters of dissolution hope absorbing things like the village sales tax will help lower those rates.

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Broome County legislators plan to vote this month on whether to accept almost three million from the state to fund an opioid treatment center.

This reverses a decision from the chairman of the legislature saying they wouldn’t vote until the new year.

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Residents in the Village of Van Etten are split over whether to dissolve their government. They vote on it next week. 

If yes, the village would be absorbed by the Town of Van Etten, but, the decision is not just about saving money. It’s about a deep rift between the village and town governments.

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Broome County is taking public comment on a possible addiction treatment center Tuesday night.

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Residents in Jacksonville, New York must still deal with fallout from an underground gas leak at a Mobil station in the 1970’s. Jacksonville is a hamlet in the Town of Ulysses in Tompkins County.

Now, Ulysses owns the properties contaminated by the spill. That includes a historic Methodist church.

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Steuben County plans to join the chorus of municipalities filing lawsuits over the opioid epidemic.

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Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives.

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US Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to change the sexual harassment culture in Washington.

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The mayor of Binghamton texted Southern Tier Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) about his worries with the bill - worries that she shared.

But it wasn’t until US Vice President Mike Pence called her Wednesday afternoon that Tenney finally decided to help pass it.

Part of the debate over Republican tax plans in Congress has been a limit to the state and local tax, or SALT, deduction. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return.

It’s been a sticking point in New York. Seven of the state’s nine Republican members of Congress want to keep the deduction. Governor Cuomo and other state Democratic leaders do, too.

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Binghamton Mayor Rich David is joining the chorus of lawmakers who oppose the Republican tax plans in Congress.

David said the plan is unfair to New Yorkers, especially the limit to state and local tax deductions (SALT). The SALT deduction allows taxpayers who itemize their taxes to deduct their state and local taxes on their federal return. This helps offset the burden in high tax states like New York.

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Even with no update on the station, Fenton Planning Board meetings are packed and tense. At a meeting this week, residents protested the station wearing white t-shirts that read “no compressor station” in red and black writing. There's a picture of a gas pipeline on the bottom.

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Next Tuesday, Binghamton voters choose between Republican incumbent Rich David and Democrat Tarik Abdelazim for their next mayor.

WSKG’s Gabe Altieri talked with both of the candidates about issues that affect not only Binghamton, but communities throughout the Southern Tier. 

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New York’s Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers. 

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Binghamton’s professional hockey team plays its first regular-season game on Saturday.

The Binghamton Devils borrowed their nickname from the New Jersey Devils, their parent club.  The word “Devil” can connote fire, torture, burning for all eternity. But, not this Devil. This one is based on an urban legend. “This is not the devil of the bible," said Angus Gillespie, a professor and folklorist at Rutger University. "This is a creature, a legendary creature of southern New Jersey.”

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The Town of Fenton is prepared to start over with a new process to approve a natural gas transfer station. A Broome County Supreme Court Judge halted the project this week.

The judge said the town didn’t follow the proper safety and environmental procedures when it approved the application from NG Advantage, a natural gas delivery company. But he did open the door for the company to reapply. NG indicates it plans to do so.

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Broome County is launching a program to get treatment for people at risk of an opioid overdose. It’s called the Peer Response Team. It works with law enforcement, hospitals and social services around Broome County. The idea is to better connect people at risk of an overdose to the services they need.

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Antanisha Garrett likes it in Elmira.

 

“Coming from a fast paced state like New Jersey, it’s really different," she said. "You can really come here and get your life together.”

A hearing on Wednesday in Broome County Supreme Court may decide the fate of a proposed natural gas transfer station in the Town of Fenton.

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Maureen Singer is not happy about a proposed natural gas transfer station in the Town of Fenton. “It’s tough to digest how a responsible governing body approved that,” she said.

 

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The final projects in Elmira’s downtown revitalization plan are now official. Governor Cuomo’s office released the list Wednesday. In all, just under $10 million will go to new projects, a zoning update, and a loan program for building owners.

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It’s been a turbulent year for Elmira’s First Arena.  In 2016, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency bought the arena. The IDA wanted to sell it quickly to a private owner, but things still aren’t settled. 

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Last year, several upstate school districts were criticized by New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for exceeding the cap on their unexpended surplus fund, also known as a rainy day fund.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been criticized for a lack of results. He's said they’ll bring jobs to the state, others argue that’s not happening.

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The high school spring sports season is coming to an end. For baseball players, it’s the first year they’ve had a limit on how much they can throw.

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New York lawmakers want fewer elections. They say they can save millions of dollars by consolidating primaries for state and federal offices into one day, but they can’t agree on when that day should be.

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A Binghamton University professor says he's running for Congress because he thinks science and technology is ignored in Washington.

“I am pleased, terrified out of my mind, excited - I don’t know what you want to call it - to be running for Congress in New York’s 22nd District," said Patrick Madden, computer science professor, on the Binghamton University campus Monday morning.

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State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are touting workers' compensation reform as a win this legislative session. It was added as part of the recently approved New York State budget.

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Micatu is growing fast, The Horseheads start-up has over 20 employees right now and wants to expand to more than a hundred. “Started in my garage with $75 and, you know, five years later, here we  are," co-founder Mike Oshetski explained.

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Public money is often used to fund stadium upgrades. Elected officials say it builds up a local economy by attracting businesses, who want to set up nearby, and people, who spend their dollars in the city.

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