Vestal en Astorino: Binghamton could be Dallas of New York <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino touted the benefits of hydrofracking during a series of stops in the Southern Tier yesterday. One of the stops was at a Vestal company that does roadwork for oil companies just across the border in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Astorino visited the Binghamton-area company Vestal Asphalt and linked upstate New York's declining population with a lack of jobs and high taxes. He pointed to fracking as a way to reverse that trend and transform the Southern Tier.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Matt Martin 55402 at Astorino: Binghamton could be Dallas of New York Hanna says Obamacare is hurting volunteer firefighters <p></p><p>While touring a firefighter station in the Southern Tier town of Vestal recently, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) touted legislation that would exempt volunteer firefighters from the Affordable Care Act. The announcement comes a month after the U.S. Treasury Department already made the change.</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Originally, the ACA counted volunteer firefighters as full-time employees. That would have made the Vestal fire stations and others around the country responsible to provide healthcare if they had more the 50 employees.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:02:53 +0000 Matt Martin 53166 at