The brand new FedEx Freight Service Center is now open in Lounsberry. Congressman Tom Reed and other elected officials cut the ribbon yesterday at the location on Buck Road, which is just off Stanton Hill Road near the Best Buy Distribution Center. The new FedEx location employs 43 workers who worked at the previous center in Kirkwood. The new 52-door facility is nearly double the size of the structure in Kirkwood and will serve an area from Hammondsport to Norwich.
The brand-new Tioga Golf Club will open for the season tomorrow in Nichols. The former Tioga Country Club has been renamed after signing a 99-year lease with Tioga Downs. Golfers will soon see a new clubhouse at the course on Ro-Ki Boulevard. Demolition has already begun on the current clubhouse to make room for the new structure that will include a dining location, pro shop, locker rooms, and a banquet space. Until it is finished, golfers will visit a temporary structure to pay for their round, which will also contain a small pro shop with drinks and snacks available. New golf carts are on their way to the Tioga Golf Club and are expected to arrive in May. Bob Taylor will remain as the head of golf course operations.
A ribbon cutting event will be held at 10am Tuesday for the new Fed-Ex Freight Service Center in Lounsberry. Congressman Tom Reed has announced that he will be in attendance along with many state and local elected officials. The new Fed-Ex center is on Buck Road, which is just off of Stanton Hill Road near the Best Buy Distribution Center.
It was close, but the Taxpayers First Party swept all three trustee positions up for election in Owego yesterday, meaning that the party now has all six seats on the village board and the mayor position. Ken Henson beat out incumbent Phoebe Morris 212-192 in the First Ward, while Second Ward Trustee Rob Manville won re-election over Mike Baratta 218-182. Nick Ruiz was unopposed and elected as the new Third Ward trustee.
The Village of Waverly has a new Mayor, as former Deputy Mayor Patrick Ayres was running unopposed for the position yesterday. Rick Gorman was elected as the new village justice, beating out John Sobol 221-167. Three spots were open on the village board. Charlie Havens and incumbent Jerry Sinsabaugh were the top two vote-getters. Eric Reznicek edged out incumbent Chris Brewster by two votes for the last seat.
The Village of Nichols had three positions up for re-election, with two incumbents running unopposed on the ballot. Mayor Lesley Pelotte was re-elected along with Trustee Michael Woods. Trustee Jefferson Hunt was re-elected via write-in after he was not listed on the ballot.
In Broome County, Whitney Point re-elected Mayor Ryan Reynolds and elected two trustees – Danielle Hoeppner and Michael Hakes. All three were running unopposed.
Tioga Downs will hold a job fair today, the first of two scheduled for this week. Director of Human Resources Karen Shelp says they have many positions available. Today’s job fair will be held at Virgil’s from 3-7pm. A similar event will be held Saturday from 9am-2pm. The first hour of each job fair is open for veterans only. Applicants must be 18 years or older and should apply online before the event on the Tioga Downs website. The 11th season of harness racing begins May 6 at Tioga Downs.
Village elections will be held in Owego, Waverly and Nichols today. Owego voters will elect three trustees to the village board. Residents can vote at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue. In Waverly, voters will elect a new mayor, a new village justice, and three trustees today. Residents can vote at the Waverly Village Hall. Nichols will elect the positions of mayor and two trustees. Voting will be held at the former Nichols Elementary School. Polls will be open from noon to 9pm in all three villages. We will have the full results on tomorrow’s WEBO Morning Show.
The latest numbers are in from Tioga Downs, and more money has been generated for the Town of Nichols, Tioga County, and Broome County. Tioga Downs generated a total of $1.95 million in gaming tax revenue during February, and 20 percent of that tax goes to local municipalities. Nichols, Tioga County, and Broome County receive 5 percent each, which means they each received close to $100,000 for February. They have received nearly $275,000 each for the three months that the casino has been in operation with table games. The other 80 percent of the tax revenue goes to New York State.
The Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Trinity Casa have rescheduled their Nichols panel discussion on the heroin crisis for Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7-8:30pm at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street. The event had to be canceled this week due to hazardous weather conditions. The format will remain the same for the “Nichols Community Talks about Substance Abuse” night, with members from law enforcement joining with organizations and people affected by the heroin and opioid crisis sharing their experiences and answering questions from audience members. Visit the Tioga ASAP Facebook page for more information.