WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Village Elections Being Held Tuesday
Village elections are happening across the state today.
March 18, 2014
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- Polls are opening across New York state Tuesday in the village elections. We have a list of candidates from Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties.
In Chemung County elections are being held in Elmira Heights, Millport, Van Etten and and Wellsburg.
Two candidates are running for trustee in Elmira Heights, Gary Pateluns running for one spot and Dale Terry running for the other. You can vote at the Village Hall, 215 Elmwood Avenue in Elmira Heights.
Three seats are open in Van Etten, two for regular terms one for a shorter term. The three candidates are Roger Briggs, Jacqui Boda and Kathy Forbes. The two highest vote counts will take the two year term, the lesser votes will take the lesser term, taking the remainder of the term Mayor Loomis vacated. Voting is at the Village Center.
In Millport, elections are being held for the Mayor and two board members, no one is contesting. Polling place is Village Hall, 4246 Main Street in Millport.
In Wellsburg Joseph Holly is running for Village Justice. Deborah Lewis and Thomas Benedick are running for Trustee. Malcolm Coles is running for Mayor.
Voting is taking place at the Wellsburg Fire Department.
Four Tompkins County villages will hold elections Tuesday, with only one contested race happening.
In Cayuga Heights elections are being held for Mayor and three trustee positions. Polling place is Savage Farm Drive in Ithaca.
Two trustee positions are open in Dryden. Voting is at Village Hall 16 South Street, 2nd floor.
Also two trustee positions in Groton. Polling place is the Village Office, at 143 Cortland Street.
And in Trumansburg, positions for Mayor and 2 trustees are open. Polling place is the Village Office Building, 56 East Main Street (Elm Street entrance).
In Steuben County, the elections are as follows:
Arkport has open positions for the Mayor and two trustees and they are two year terms. Charles Flanders is running for Mayor. Jon Hedges and Susan Thompson running for trustee positions. All running unopposed. You can vote at Village Hall Community Room at 6 Park Avenue.
In Avoca, there are no elections. No one was on the ballot.
In Bath, William Von Hagn is running for Mayor in both democratic and republican spot. Ira Hale is running for trustee. Jeanie Glass and Michael Sweet are running for trustees for two year terms. Michael McNally running for trustee for the one year term unexpired. Polling place is the Municiple Building on Liberty Street.
In North Hornell, the election is uncontested. John Falci is running again for Mayor. Frank Libordi and Glenn Thomas are running for trustee positions. Polling place is at the Village Hall on West Maplewood Avenue.
Painted Post has all unopposed candidates. Roswell Crozier Jr. is up for re-election for Mayor. Two trustees for four year terms: Richard Lewis and Ralph Foster. And David W. Smith is running for two-year term trustee. The voting is at 261 Steuben Street, Painted Post.
Riverside elections Carol Ferratella and Jordan Turner are running for trustee. People can vote at the Village Hall, 35 Stanton Street in Painted Post.
In South Corning two trustees are being elected. Both are unopposed. One is Jim Thomas and the other is Chet Tuttle. Polling location is at 7 Clark Street, Corning.
In Schuyler County, the elections are as follows:
In Montour Falls, two people are running for village trustee, both are uncontested races. Philip J. Smith and James P. Ryan are the candidates. One person is running for village justice, this race is also uncontested. That candidate is Donald Spaccio. Voters can cast a ballot at 408 W. Main Street at the Village Hall.