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Morning Minute: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Local News

Woodstock 50 is currently without a home base. Watkins Glen International pulling its site license from the festival yesterday, and the Schuyler county legislature followed suit by officially ending the permit process. But festival officials said they are “in discussions with another venue” and “look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”

The fight over First Arena continues. Elmira Enforcers Robbie Nichols and current tenant of the building addressed the Chemung County Legislature on Monday night, making a plea to the county to work with him as a team to rectify code violations outlined by County Executive Chris Moss. Nichols says he has poured thousands of dollars into renovations for the building and has yet to be reimbursed by the Industrial Development Agency, which he maintains is part of their agreement. The IDA responded by saying it is fully invested in the arena’s future but needs to ensure taxpayer money is being allocated properly.

Gambling regulators in New York have voted to allow sports betting at four upstate casinos, including Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier. Bets won’t start until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which is likely to be later this summer.  

From this day forward, June 10 will be known as Mike Limoncelli Day. Mayor Dan Mandell made that proclamation on Monday night, recognizing the accomplishment’s of one of Elmira’s top high school baseball pitchers. Limoncelli was drafted by the Seattle Mariners last week. 

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