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posticon Lansing To Test Salmon Creek Areas For Lead

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Town Board authorized up to $5,000 for lead testing in and around Salmon Creek from Ludlowville to the creek outflow area.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says he would prefer the testing be done by independent soil samplers and lab to remove any doubt about the findings.  But Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz said that she and Councilwoman Andra Benson will collect samples to be analyzed by a local laboratory.

"If we end up having any measurable levels anywhere we will want to bring in additional outside testing for duplicate verification," said Binkewicz, who has a masters degree in soil sampling.  "I did talk to the lab about their protocol -- particle size, exactly how to do the testing."

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posticon Saturday's Blackout Caused Property Damage

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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After still more power outages in Lansing this week, Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne told Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler to 'be our champion' in an effort to bring more reliable power to the town.  LaVigne has been updating frustrated Lansing citizens on Facebook, and said that many people's electronics have been destroyed by the constant blackouts in the town.

"(County Legislature Chair) Martha Robertson is already on board with a lot of stuff," LaVigne said Wednesday. "She is very concerned.  So is (Airport Manager) Mike Hall.  We're the only town that's growing 2% in the whole area.  If we don't have reliable power I'm afraid that won't last much longer."

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posticon Zoning Board Rules For Events Venue

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) ruled Tuesday that a proposed Bed & Breakfast on Emmons Road fits the definition as laid out in Lansing's zoning ordinance, and that plans for turning a historic barn into an events venue likewise conforms to the code.  The board affirmed Planning Consultant Michael Long and Code Enforcement officer Lynn Day's interpretation of the law as it applies to the Osmica project in denying an appeal brought by Cathy Barron, a neighbor.  Osmica owner Kurt Martin was taken aback by the strong opposition by his neighbors in at least three or four public meetings so far.

"We are not some big developers who want to come in and trample the neighborhood," he said. "We're a husband and wife who fell in love with this historic farm and wanted to give it a new life.  We've been taken aback by the response. We wish people could see it the way that we see it. We're trying our best to do right by the farm and respect its historic character."

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posticon Town Authorizes Map Plan for DOT Sewer

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Town Board authorized the creation of a map plan review Wednesday for a proposed Sewer District #2 that would bring sewer service to a new NYS Department Of transportation (DOT) facility on Warren Road.  The facility will include a 30,000 square foot 'sub-residency' maintenance building, a 5,000 square foot Cold Storage, a 8,200 square foot Salt Barn, and a 2,500 square foot Hopper Building (covered lean-to).  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne explained authorizing a map plan review was a last minute addition to the agenda because the Town's Municipal Water and Sewer Advisory Board had met later than usual this month, thus their recommendation was forwarded shortly before the town Board meeting.

LaVigne noted that Wednesday's vote was only to authorize the creation of a map plan report, and that the Board was not voting on actually creating the new sewer district.  But Councilman Joe Wetmore said he wanted to wait until next month's meeting because it hadn't been on the agenda long enough for the public to be notified.

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posticon TCAT Teams With Local Charter Company To Reduce Missed Trips

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Patty Poist Print
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TCAT has teamed up with Fitzgerald Brothers, a local charter service that is leasing TCAT two 37-foot buses to help alleviate bus shortages that have been causing service disruptions.

Effective today, TCAT is using the Fitzgerald buses on its rural routes serving Enfield, Trumansburg, Lansing, Dryden, Caroline and Newfield during a.m. and p.m. peak time on weekdays. This is relieving strain on TCAT’s fleet and freeing up TCAT buses to serve heavy commuter routes. Even with the additional buses going into service, TCAT was still forced to cut some trips today, but the situation should improve as TCAT implements other solutions, such as using third-party maintenance shops to assist with routine maintenance.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Bridge Financing Approved for Tompkins Center for History and Culture Interior Renovations

The Legislature, by a vote of 12-1 (Legislator Shawna Black voted no; Legislator Deborah Dawson was excused), authorized a loan of up to $500,000 to the History Center, to enable completion of interior renovations to the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, pending receipt of approved grant and funds pledged through the Center's capital campaign. The interest-free bridge loan, to be repaid within three years, is provided to the History Center, as representative of the Center partners, and supplements similar bridge financing provided by The Park Foundation and to be provided by Tompkins Trust Company. The loan amount will equal that provided by the Trust Company, not to exceed $500,000.

Tompkins County, traditional underwriter of the History Center, in 2017 purchased the historic Tompkins Trust building, located at 106-112 N. Tioga Street in Ithaca, in anticipation of the bank's relocation to its new headquarters, to house the History Center, along with other co-located non-profits, having financed the acquisition through casino revenue received by the County, including $1.9 million in licensing fees. Center partners are responsible for all non-code related and structural costs for interior renovations, tenant improvements, and exhibits, with a total cost of just under $3,750,000—$2 million in grant funding committed and a capital campaign of $1,750,000 in progress, including support pledged over a three-year period.

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posticon FLX Community Preservation Act Clears Senate Again

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming today announced that her legislation to prohibit garbage incinerators from being established in the Finger Lakes region has once again passed the Senate unanimously. The Assembly unanimously passed its version of the bill last week, and the legislation is now ready for the Governor's consideration and signature. The legislation, known as the Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act, protects this beautiful and precious area of New York State from the adverse effects of these facilities, such as air and ash pollution, additional traffic on public roadways, damage to the local tourism, winery, and agriculture, and threats to the lakes and farmland throughout the region.

"The fact that this legislation passed unanimously in both the Senate and the Assembly – with support from Republicans, Democrats, and legislators of a variety of interests and backgrounds – is a clear sign that garbage incinerators are not welcome in the Finger Lakes region. A garbage incinerator would devastate the surrounding communities and negatively impact our health and our environment. The fact that this legislation passed both houses of the State Legislature and now awaits Governor Cuomo's signature is a moment of celebration for the entire Finger Lakes region and all those who believe in clean water, clean air, and a high quality of life for our children and families. The Governor has indicated that he opposes a garbage incinerator in the Finger Lakes region, and I look forward to him signing this into law. On behalf of the residents and business owners of the Finger Lakes region, I strongly urge the Governor to make this happen as soon as possible. Thank you to Senator May and Assemblyman Cusick for their tremendous partnership and outstanding leadership in pushing this important legislation through their respective houses," Senator Helming said.

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posticon New Measures To Protect Immigrants From ICE

News | Friday, March 22, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced two new measures to assist and protect immigrants targeted by ICE and the federal government's anti-immigrant policies in their communities March 14th. Cuomo's first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project has selected regional providers and attorneys for a Rapid Response Program to better respond to unanticipated ICE enforcement actions, targeted raids and sweeps statewide. Additionally, Cuomo's Office for New Americans has selected 21 new Opportunity Centers across the state to deliver essential services, education and guidance to immigrants in their own neighborhoods - including the Southern Tier for the first time.

"While the federal government continues to threaten our immigrant communities, New York will not stop fighting to protect the rights of new Americans," Cuomo said. "With this new program and expanded opportunity centers, we are ensuring vulnerable immigrants who are unfairly targeted by ICE have the legal assistance and services they need to achieve their full potential in New York."

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