Back to Top
 
August 10, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 31

posticon NY to Spectrum - Get Outta Dodge

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
Spectrum Ordered Out Of NYS

State Officials Give Spectrum 60 Days to Plan Exit, but Local legislators are not so sure

Click here to learn how much speed you really need, and click here for what happens if Spectrum leaves New York.
Two weeks ago the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) rescinded its approval of a merger between Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Time Warner Cable, charging that it had not lived up to promises, and seeking $3 million in financial reparations from the company, $1 million of which was for missing deadlines.  The PSC gave Charter 60 days to file a plan to transfer the franchise to another provider.

"Charter's repeated failures to serve New Yorkers and honor its commitments are well documented and are only getting worse. After more than a year of administrative enforcement efforts to bring Charter into compliance with the Commission’s merger order, the time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest," said Commission Chair John B. Rhodes. "Charter’s non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitates the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval."

Read more ...

posticon Village Cottages Face Tough Opposition

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
Steven BeerDeveloper Steven Beer presents a revised Lansing Village Cottages plan to the Board of Trustees

From the developer's point of view their proposed 109-unit Lansing Village Cottages project would bring an idyllic collection of pocket neighborhoods arranged around ample shared green space, fulfilling a need for increased housing for seniors, aligning with the Village of Lansing comprehensive plan, creating benefits for the Village, and helping to meet county goals for new housing.  From neighboring property-owners on Millcroft Way, the project is a gross violation of zoning and a covenant they were required to abide by when building their homes there, not to mention a threat to their property values.  Both sides had their say Monday after Steven and David Beer, of Beer Properties, LLC returned to present their case for the third time.

"I think there's enough concern on all sides that one of the things we have to do as a village is 'due diligence'," said Mayor Donald Hartill. "That means more than one set of eyes to look at it.  I'm very sensitive to that because we've had a number of Article 78s charging that we didn't follow proper procedures.  So my proposal is that the Planning Board look carefully at this from a planning point of view, and come back with a recommendation to the Board of Trustees."

Read more ...

posticon Fire District to Gamble on New North Lansing Well

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
Lansing Fire Station 4

Election workers' endurance at North Lansing Fire Station #4 was challenged during the June 26th federal primaries earlier this summer when the water system stopped working.  Fire Commissioners said that the aging North Lansing Water System has been unreliable to the point where, despite the difficulties of drilling a well in the area that delivers usable water, they want their own well.  Fire Commissioner Robert Wagner said that the project could cost as much as $25,000 depending on how successful the project is.

"If you've got to have it, you've got to have it," Wagner said. "You can't just say we're going to spend this much and if we don't have it, that's it.  It is up and running but we don't want to trust the North Lansing Water System.  I think we ought to get moving on it because we're going to be into September by the time he drills it and we get someone to hook it up and doing the landscaping."

Read more ...

posticon Lansing Announces 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
hof wall600

The 2018 Class includes Thomas Colt a three sports star in Cross Country, In-Door Track and Baseball. Colt was a member of the 2002 Cross-Country Team that finished 3rd in NYS (all divisions, Class A, B, C and D) Colt was a career .389 hitter on the baseball team. In Indoor Track he was a three event Sectional IV Champion. He was named Section IV’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete in 2003. Colt was named the Senior Class Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. He played collegiate baseball at Oneonta State.

Shawn Costello was a five year letter winner on the golf team. During his 5 year career, he led Lansing to a dual meet record of 53-9 and the final two seasons the team was undefeated. Costello led Lansing to 3 consecutive IAC League titles and 3 consecutive Section IV titles. Costello won the New York State Public High School Championship in 2000. Because of his golf skills, he was invited to compete in several high level international golf tournaments representing the USA. He played in Mexico and Columbia, South America. Costello played collegiately at Western Carolina.

Read more ...

posticon Lansing Gallery - City Limits and The Destination Band at Myers Park

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryThe rain subsided by the evening of July 26th, when the City Limits blues-rock band played to a small crowd at Myers Park.

The following week The Destination band drew a huge crowd, certainly the largest so far this Summer.The weather was perfect and the 9-piece band with an awesome horn section delighted the many dancers of all ages.


City Limits and The Destination Band at Myers Park - Photos by Diane Duthie

Read more ...

posticon Tech Talk - How Much Internet Speed Do You Really Need?

Print
0
0
0
s2sdefault
Internet Speed

I use cable for Internet access and nothing else.  Under Time Warner I paid $65 per month for the 'Extreme Plan' that yielded up to 35mbps (megabits per second) download speed and 6mbps upload speed.  I was paying a special promotional price for the because I asked for one.  At the end of a year I would have to pay $75 or downgrade to Turbo, at 15mbps download and 1mbps upload speed.  When Spectrum took over from Time Warner the old plans were still imposed on old customers.  But by the time I went to ask for a new promotional price a year later, things had changed.  I was told Spectrum offered up to 100mbps download speed and 10mbps upload.  It would cost $60 per month, and that was the regular price, not a promotional price.  Well that is now close to $65, but still $10 less than what I would have had to pay to keep the so-called 'Extreme' plan.

Yay!

Now that 'up to' means you will not necessarily get the whole 100 all the time.  For example, when I conducted a speed test a couple of minutes ago I only got 76.9mbps download speed.  My upload speed was 11.7, really good considering I had only one for several years when I had Time Warner's Standard Plan (3mbps download/1mbps upload -- and Netflix worked fine, thank you very much).  But how much speed do you really need?

Read more ...