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posticon Lansing's Natural Gas Prospects Bleak

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Natural Gas in Lansing

A Tompkins County delegation was in Albany Wednesday in response to a letter from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) to the NYS Dept of Public Service Commission (PSC) saying the company had reversed its stance on the necessity of compressors designed to provide safe, reliable delivery of natural gas in the Town and Village of Lansing, particularly to the Lansing schools.  The decision is the latest in a controversial plan that includes an indefinite moratorium on new natural gas capacity from NYSEG in the Village and Town of Lansing.  Tompkins County Legislator Deborah Dawson (Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights) was part of the delegation.

"The occasion for the meeting was NYSEG's recent letter to the PSC, stating its determination that the mini-compressors it had proposed in 2017 would not be necessary to address reliability issues in Lansing, at least not for the winter of 2018-2019," she says. "This decision appears to have been based in part upon the gas delivery system's performance over the very cold and protracted winter of 2017-2018:  despite the fact that gas pressure at the schools fell to around 27 psi, they experienced no reliability problems.  That experience, and NYSEG's most recent models for gas delivery, lead NYSEG to conclude that 25 psi and above is a safe level of gas pressure."

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posticon Lansing Officially Approves Sewer

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Sewer District #1 Approved

The Lansing Town Board officially approved Sewer District #1 Wednesday in a unanimous vote.  After a public hearing last month a required waiting period allowed time for opponents within the district to petition for a vote, requiring the Town Board to wait to vote until Wednesday's meeting.

"The permissive referendum period is over," said Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "There has been no pushback on this.  There has been no counter-petition.  We are now moving forward."

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posticon Kennedy-Smith Running For Lansing Town Justice

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By - Print
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Local Lansing attorney Maura Kennedy-Smith is the Democratic candidate for Lansing Town Justice. With nineteen years experience in the law, Kennedy-Smith currently serves as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Joseph R. Cassidy, Tompkins County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice. She has handled cases in family law, housing law, criminal law, and other practice areas.

"Though I have experience in many areas of the law, I have always focused on giving back to my community. Making a difference is what motivated me to go into law. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my community as Lansing Town Justice," she enthusiastically stated.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Lisa Holmes and Amie Hendrix Appointed Deputy County Administrators
Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has tapped two experienced department administrators to serve in the position of Deputy County Administrator, announcing his appointment of Office for the Aging Director Lisa Holmes and Youth Services Director Amie Hendrix to fill critical leadership roles in the Department of County Administration and County government. Both positions provide executive level assistance for County Administration's many budget, administrative, planning, and coordination functions—involving Administration staff, and administrative and fiscal management of departments, programs, and agencies.

Hendrix and Holmes were selected as the result of an extensive national search.

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posticon Democrats Call On Senate Republicans To Make Roe v. Wade State Law

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and all 31 members of the Senate Democratic Conference led by Andrea Stewart-Cousins called on Senate Republicans Monday to return to Albany to vote to codify Roe v. Wade into State law and show New Yorkers where they stand. Following Governor Cuomo's and Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins's joint Op-Ed calling for a vote, the unified Senate Democratic Conference has pledged to provide 31 votes and only need one Republican to vote to codify Roe v. Wade into State law.

Cuomo says Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to update New York's nearly 50-year old abortion laws to ensure that women in New York maintain their rights under Roe v. Wade despite any potential action by the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, creating a conservative majority on the Court, has heightened the risk of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

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posticon NY Election Cyber Security Initiative Unveiled

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a comprehensive initiative Tuesday with the State Board of Elections to further secure New York State's elections infrastructure and protect against foreign interference. The initiative will help County Boards of Elections strengthen their election cyber security in the face of foreign threats after the Department of Justice released an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking during the 2016 elections, which also alleged that Russian intelligence officers hacked into the website of a yet-unidentified state board of elections.

In the FY 2019 budget, Cuomo secured $5 million to expand and further support statewide election cyber security infrastructure. The State will solicit contracts in the next few days for three independent services for County Boards of Elections, including: 1) cyber security risk assessments; 2) enhanced intrusion detection devices; and 3) managed security services. The State's Secure Election Center, managed by the State Board of Elections, will also provide statewide, uniform cyber security training to all state and county election officials and staff prior to the Midterm Elections.

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posticon Reed Hospice Bill Moves Toward House Floor

News | Friday, July 20, 2018 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) announced his legislation to increase the quality and awareness of hospice and palliative care unanimously passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.

"I witnessed the benefits of hospice and palliative when tending to my Mother, and it is an issue that strikes close to my heart," said Reed. "This bill increases awareness and provides workforce training for hospice and palliative care. I would like to thank my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce committee for recognizing this bipartisan effort, and I look forward to a vote on the House floor soon."

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