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October 23, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 42

posticon Town and County To Invest In Broadband Studies

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Broadband in Lansing

Three things have happened over the past week and a half that could mean better high speed Internet coverage for Lansing in particular, and Tompkins County in general.  1-On October 14th it was announced that an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant had been awarded that will bring a 17-mile long fiber broadband trunk extension from Ithaca to the future location of a  data center in Lansing.   2- On Tuesday Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles' amendment to spend up to $95,000 for a study to identify gaps in Internet coverage was unanimously approved County's Expanded Budget Committee.  3- Lansing's Internet Committee continues to try to identify gaps in town coverage and find remedies.

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said Wednesday that he had spoken to Kelles earlier in the day, and hadn't realized the Town was being asked to contribute $5,000 to the County study, as it hadn't been mentioned in previous paperwork.  But the Town Board unanimously passed a lengthy resolution supporting the study, including the $5,000 contribution, resolving that "Town of Lansing’s Town Board asks the Tompkins County Legislature to support a one-time Over Target Request of not more than $80,000 for a planning study that will provide the following deliverables to help us identify a possible path forward for a county-wide build-out of both middle and last mile fiber optic cable in Tompkins County", listing the deliverables as a market assessment, design, business and operations model, operations and maintenance plan, and capital and operations costs.
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posticon Non-Pipeline Natural Gas Solution Filed for Lansing

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THIS JUST IN....

BINGHAMTON, New York — October 22, 2020 — NYSEG announced today that the company filed a proposal with the New York State Public Service Commission to implement Non-Pipe Alternative (NPA) solutions in the Town of Lansing, New York that will improve reliability of the company's natural gas system. The NPA solutions are substitutes for traditional gas capital projects, such as pipelines, that utilize alternative technologies to address natural gas system reliability needs. This petition is among one of the first of its kind in New York State to use a portfolio of innovative solutions that, when implemented together, will strengthen the reliability of service for the company's gas customers in Lansing.

"This filing demonstrates our commitment to finding innovative solutions to traditional problems," said Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. "The company worked hard to collaborate with many local stakeholders on a solution to the challenges faced and we're proud to be able to lead this effort in Tompkins County. As a result, the safety and reliability of service for thousands of customers will be strengthened for years to come."

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posticon Impact of COVID-19 on Lansing's Self-sustaining School Programs

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Superintendent Chris Pettograsso told the school board at its October 13 meeting that the Lansing Central School District is in good financial shape.  But she warned that especially with the high level of uncertainty about state aid reduced because of COVID-19, that spending is an ongoing serious concern.  While the general budget is in good shape at the moment, School Business Administrator Kate Heath reported that self-sustaining programs, including the school lunch program and the childcare program are suffering losses because of the impact of the pandemic.

"We are really lucky that we have such a strong program. Our typical expenses are  payroll and benefits, the food and supplies such as utensils, napkins, office supplies, et cetera.  Our typical revenues are from sales, which could be student meals, adult meals, a la carte items, which would be for example, ice cream or some of the snacks that they have in catering. And then of course there are the federal and state reimbursements," Heath explained.

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posticon Town of Lansing To Help Fund Volunteer Lake Monitoring

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Myers Park Lakefront

The Lansing Town Board voted Wednesday to contribute $7,000 to the Community Science Institute (CSI) to support Cayuga Lake monitoring.  CSI Outreach Coordinator Nathaniel Launer said that Lansing volunteers have been monitoring water in Lansing since 2006, providing a valuable database of findings that citizens and governments can use to identify pressing issues related to water within the municipality.

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posticon BBQ Pavillion Honors Robert Baker

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Bob Baker Chicken BBQ PavilionPhoto by Robert Rieger

Lansing's permanent Chicken BBQ Pavilion was dedicated in memory of Bob Baker Saturday, with about 35 people in attendance.  The speakers included two of Baker's sons, Dale and Kermit, as well as Parks & Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell, and Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. 

"He helped developed a sense of community." "We've had 70 years of chicken BBQ thanks to my dad. We're looking forward to 70 more years," said Kermit Baker.

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posticon HEALTH ALERT: Positive COVID-19 Case on TCAT Bus Routes 31 and 43

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The Tompkins County Health Department received notification that an individual tested positive for COVID-19 who rode on a Tompkins Consolidated Area Transportation (TCAT) bus on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Potential exposures may have occurred on Thursday, October 15, 2020 during the following times on Routes 31 and 43:

  • Route 31 inbound: 10:27am-10:58am to Seneca St.
  • Route 43 outbound: 12:00pm-12:36 to Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)/Dryden


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posticon HEALTH ALERT: Potential Public Exposures at Ithaca Ale House, Liquid State Brewing Company, and Wegmans

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The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposures. The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and dined at Ithaca Ale House and Liquid State Brewing Company during their infectious period. Another individual who tested positive for COVID-19 worked multiple shifts as a cashier at the Ithaca Wegmans. Both individuals are residents of other Counties, and their respective Counties are managing contact investigations. Close contacts of the individuals will be contacted by the respective County’s Health Department.

 

Potential public exposures may have occurred at Ithaca Ale House, 111 N Aurora St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

 

  • Friday, October 9: 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 10: 2:30-4:00pm

 

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posticon NYS Has 3rd Lowest COVID-19 Positivity Rate

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Johns Hopkins COVID-Tracker

New York State has the third lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 test results, according to a testing statistics website maintained by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.  As of this writing (10/20) New York State was reported at 1.2% positive results, with 998 new cases -- down from the previous week.  6.2 per thousand New Yorkers were tested, up from the previous week.

The site offers several views including an overview of the states, and maps showing new confirmed cases per thousand people, percentage of positive tests, and the weekly change in testing.  It also offers charts on which states meet WHO testing guidelines, testing and deaths statistics, and trends.

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posticon Most Movie Theaters Outside of New York City Can Reopen Today

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.  

However Cinemaworld, the parent company of Regal Cinemas, said its theaters, including the 14 screens at the Shops at Ithaca Mall, will remain closed indefinitely.  After Cuomo's announcement, the company announced it will be opening Regal Cinemas today in Albany, Buffalo, Orchard Park, Deer Park, Lynbrook, New Rochelle, Poughkeepsie, Syracuse, Victor, and Westbury, but for now the Ithaca location remains closed. 

The governor also announced that 159,972 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

"We hit 160,000 tests in one day, which is a record number and the highest we've ever done. When you're doing that level of tests you get down to the block level. And then, when you start to see a cluster, you oversample in that cluster, so you get even more data," Cuomo said. "Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen. This is outside of New York City in areas that have infection rates below 2 percent on a 14-day average and have no cluster zones."

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