Campers excited for racing weekend at WGI

Campers excited for racing weekend at WGI

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- The weekend of racing kicked off at Watkins Glen International on Friday. With bowling and other attractions available, families camping out were so excited that they couldn't stay in their tents.

1 hr 5 mins ago by Sam Shapiro
PA Officials Warn SNAP Recipients of Phishing Scam

PA Officials Warn SNAP Recipients of Phishing Scam

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is warning SNAP recipients of a new phishing scam involving text messages. Officials say the text message informs SNAP recipients they’ve been "approved for $1,000" in benefits and must click a link. 

8 hrs 32 mins ago by Brendan Scanland
PA Dept. of Labor and Industry: Jobs Rise 31,000 from June

PA Dept. of Labor and Industry: Jobs Rise 31,000 from June

The sector with the largest one-month growth was professional and business services, which saw an increase of 11,000 jobs. The sectors with the largest 12-month gain were trade, transportation and utilities, which saw 60,500 new jobs. 

10 hrs 14 mins ago by Brendan Scanland
Lansing Combats Food Insecurity

Lansing Combats Food Insecurity

Owner of Crossroads Bar & Grill, Jay Dietershagen, partnered with the FFA to combat food insecurity in Tompkins County Schools. There was a celebration at Crossroads Bar & Grill tonight, to total up the funds that were raised.

23 hrs 34 mins ago by Alexandra Deryn
NASCAR Driver Ross Chastain Promotes Seat Belt Use

NASCAR Driver Ross Chastain Promotes Seat Belt Use

NASCAR driver Ross Chastain was in downtown Watkins Glen promoting seat belt safety.

August 18th, 7:54 PM EDT by Andrew Kane
PA House Bill Allowing Independent Voters to Participate in Primary Elections Receives Committee Hearing

PA House Bill Allowing Independent Voters to Participate in Primary Elections Receives Committee Hearing

There are about 1.3 million registered independent voters in Pennsylvania who are unable to vote in primary elections. PA is one of nine states with a closed primary system, meaning only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in primaries.

August 18th, 7:50 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Impacts of Tropical Storm Fred Still Felt in Steuben County

Impacts of Tropical Storm Fred Still Felt in Steuben County

(WENY) -- From the many businesses that were impacted across Steuben County, to the Jasper-Troupsburg School District relocating students to Greenwood, many communities over the last year have been recovering from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

August 18th, 7:04 PM EDT by Sam Shapiro
PA Senate Race: Polls Show Fetterman Holds Lead Over Oz

PA Senate Race: Polls Show Fetterman Holds Lead Over Oz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - We are roughly two months away from the midterm elections and one of the most watched races is the open congressional Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Right now political analysts said Senator Pat Toomey’s (R- PA) seat could flip blue

August 18th, 4:05 PM EDT by Rachel Knapp
19th-century historic mansion up for sale in Elmira

19th-century historic mansion up for sale in Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY)-- A historic house built in the 1800s in the heart of Elmira is up for sale. This 19th-century home is located at 350 W. Church Street. It's part of the Near West Side Historic District. This historic property is filled with charm and

Marsha Augustin
Severe Thunderstorm Safety

Severe Thunderstorm Safety

When thunder roars, people should go indoors, according to WENY News Chief Meteorologist Joe Veres.

August 17th, 11:22 PM EDT by Alexandra Deryn
TCAT Approves Service Reductions Due to Staffing, Parts Shortages

TCAT Approves Service Reductions Due to Staffing, Parts Shortages

ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, or TCAT will be heavily reducing service on several routes, beginning August 21st. The TCAT Board voted on August 17th to approve major service reductions on routes 11, 13, 20 and 82. The cuts will

August 17th, 10:06 PM EDT by Renata Stiehl
PA Launches New Team to Investigate Financial Exploitation of Seniors

PA Launches New Team to Investigate Financial Exploitation of Seniors

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, financial exploitation ranks in the top three types of elder abuse. A new unit is tapping into that fight to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.

August 17th, 5:48 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
EPD releases 2021 report: overall crime down, murders up, Chief discusses

EPD releases 2021 report: overall crime down, murders up, Chief discusses

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY)--Overall citywide crime in Elmira has gone down by 12%. That's according to the latest 2021 Elmira Police Department annual report released on Tuesday. The annual report provides heavy crime statistics data and also includes the number

Marsha Augustin
Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Targeting Conversion Therapy

Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Targeting Conversion Therapy

This morning, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order discouraging the practice of conversion therapy in the commonwealth. Wolf says he hopes his signature sends a strong message both to those who practice the discredited therapy, and the victims. 

August 16th, 7:23 PM EDT by Brendan Scanland
Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Threatens New York Vineyards, Crops

Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Threatens New York Vineyards, Crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said New York has a bug problem and he’s not referring to spiders or bed bugs, but rather a tiny pest called the “spotted lanternfly”. This insect could devastate New York’s wine indust

August 16th, 3:48 PM EDT by Rachel Knapp
Sayre and Athens School Districts, preliminary discussions about possible merger

Sayre and Athens School Districts, preliminary discussions about possible merger

SAYRE, PA (WENY)-- Parents voiced their concerns about raising the bar when it comes to their kid's education at the Sayre School Districts board meeting last night. Some parents want the school board to consider merging with the Athens School district in

Marsha Augustin
Congressional Members Split on "Inflation Reduction Act"

Congressional Members Split on "Inflation Reduction Act"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Biden is expected to sign a massive energy, health care and tax bill later this week. Democrats are celebrating this legislation but Republicans, including our local members, are calling it another massive spending bill. Altho

August 15th, 2:38 PM EDT by Rachel Knapp
Gov. Hochul condemns attack on Salman Rushdie at Chautauqua Institution

Gov. Hochul condemns attack on Salman Rushdie at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA, NY (WENY)--New York Governor Kathy Hochul spoke at the New York retreat where author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on Friday in Chautauqua. Hochul addressed the crowd on Sunday at Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where Rushdie was atta

August 14th, 11:54 PM EDT by Marsha Augustin
Quilts of Valor in the Southern Tier

Quilts of Valor in the Southern Tier

Toni Bourdette has dedicated herself to giving back to veterans in the Southern Tier, with quilt-making. Right now, Bourdette has over 150 quilts to work on, with a group of 55 volunteers in the Southern Tier.

August 14th, 9:43 PM EDT by Alexandra Deryn
Ithaca Police Respond to Stabbing

Ithaca Police Respond to Stabbing

ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY)- Ithaca Police responded report of a stabbing that had occurred in the 100 Block of West Green Street yesterday at around 8:40 PM. Upon arrival Officers located the victim who had sustained a stab wound to his arm. The victim identifie

Dan Berman
Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe
Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

Former President Donald Trump says in a lengthy statement that the FBI is conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

August 8th, 7:10 PM EDT
Casey: Transit Stations Could Get Funding to Improve ADA Accessibility
Casey: Transit Stations Could Get Funding to Improve ADA Accessibility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress recently celebrated the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, including employment, public accommodations and transportation. To highlight the an

Congressional Members Speak Out Following Vote on Assault Weapons Ban
Congressional Members Speak Out Following Vote on Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Our local congressional members are speaking out following a recent vote which would ban assault rifles. Many of our members are calling it a ‘gun grab’. “On this vote the ‘yays’ are 217 and ‘nays&rsq

Republicans, Democrats Clash Over Proposed Tax and Climate Bill
Republicans, Democrats Clash Over Proposed Tax and Climate Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and Republicans are butting heads over a proposed climate and tax bill. Republicans said it would ultimately hurt working families while Democrats argue it will make big changes to the tax code and combat climate change

Republicans Back Pelosi Visit to Taiwan
Republicans Back Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Within the halls of Congress, some lawmakers had some of their focus on a tiny island thousands of miles away across the Pacific Ocean. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D- CA) arrived in Taiwan on her visit to Asia, but the trip is sp

Frustrations Raised on Stalled Legislation to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits
Frustrations Raised on Stalled Legislation to Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill that would help our veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits has stalled in the Senate. The move has frustrated not only Democratic Senators, but to veterans, too. Outside of the U.S. Capitol, comedian Jon Stewart and ve

Local Congressman Attends Son's Gay Wedding After Voting Against Gay Marriage
Local Congressman Attends Son's Gay Wedding After Voting Against Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A local Pennsylvania congressman attended his son’s wedding to another man after he voted against gay and interracial marriage. Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson (R- PA) voted against the bill last week and then days later he

Growing Fears U.S. Headed Towards Recession, Lawmakers React
Growing Fears U.S. Headed Towards Recession, Lawmakers React

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Costs for groceries, gas and other everyday items are at some records high and now some are warning that the U.S. could be headed for a recession. The Republicans are pointing the finger at the Democrats but the Democrats said they&rsqu