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posticon A Tale of Two Traffic Troubles

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Village of Lansing Trustees were asked to consider traffic remedies for NY State Route 13, and Dart Drive, which parallels the state route and is often used as a short cut from Warren Road to the mall.  County Legislator Deborah Dawson asked the board to support a traffic study of the state route, and Planning Board member and Dart Drive resident Monica Moll requested better pedestrian protection on her street.

"I've lived on Dart Drive for 12 year," Moll said. "In the past five to seven years speeding on the road has come to a point where it is quite unsafe to walk.  We have people that walk on the road daily.  I walk my son to the pre-school on the corner.  It's become quite a problem.  Several people have come to planning board meetings to complain.  Several people have tried calling the Sheriff's office.  So it's an ongoing public safety issue."

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posticon Village Contemplates Land Purchase To Help Water Commission

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Bolton Point Raw Water Pump StationThe existing Bolton Point Raw Water Pump Station. Poison Ivy Point is to the south (left) of this building, and the newly proposed parcel is to the north.

Village of Lansing officials considered a plan Monday to purchase a parcel of land that would provide a location for a second Raw Water Pump Station for the Bolton Point Water Commission, as well as additional 'forever-wild' park areas for the Village.  Trustee John O'Neill said the plan would benefit Bolton Point, but he questioned the benefit of Village taxpayer money being used to purchase effectively unusable land.

"The Village would purchase the parcel," Mayor Donald Hartill replied. "It would then be subdivided.  A piece of it would then be sold to Bolton Point.  Another piece of it would be sold as a building plot.  We would end up with a hillside, but also a fair amount of (lake) frontage.  It's partly to help Bolton Point.  We really need to expand the input plant.  The current situation is that Bolton Point would have to buy the entire parcel.  This is a way of softening that blow by at least a factor of three.  In the end we'd probably pay about a third of the cost for the parcel."

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posticon Airport Celebrates New Non-Stop Service to Charlotte

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Officials at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport cut the ceremonial ribbon December 22 to welcome incoming passengers and inaugurate the Airport's new non-stop air service between Ithaca and Charlotte via American Airlines.

The service started today with the weekly Saturday roundtrip between ITH and American's hub at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), direct service Airport officials anticipate will expand as new gates currently under construction in Charlotte come on line. At present, a passenger can fly in or out from Charlotte, adding a leg through Philadelphia to complete the trip.

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posticon Government Shutdown Has Relatively Low Impact On New York

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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New York is 35th out of 51 states (and the District of Columbia) most effected by the Government shutdown. According to a new Wallethub report, the state receives few federal benefits in terms of it's share of federal jobs (44th out of 51) and federal contract dollars per capita (47th out of 51).  New York ranked 33rd in access to national parks, and right in the middle -- 25th -- on impact to real estate (as a percentage of the GSP).  New Yorkers most impacted are those who receive food stamps (13th out of 51).  But if you were worrying about your Social Security payment, it has already arrived.

Congressman Tom Reed (23rd District) has decried the government shutdown, while landing on the side of President Donald Trump.  On December 20th he voted to extend funding the federal government, including $5.78 billion for Trump’s border wall.  But he has voted against funding various federal agencies and departments three times this year, including one bill that would have funded Homeland Security without money for the wall.

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posticon Leadership Transition Announced at Emergency Response Department

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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County Administrator Jason Molino announced a leadership transition Tuesday at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.  Several months ago Director of Emergency Response Lee Shurtleff announced his intent to depart Tompkins County government and pursue other opportunities after more than 30 years of dedicated service with Tompkins County. To facilitate this leadership transition in the department, the County will utilize the services of an Interim Director, anticipated over the next 18 months.

"I am pleased to announce that former County Undersheriff Brian Robison has accepted the position of Interim Director of Emergency Response as of January 1," Molino said. "Brian brings to the position considerable experience in public service in Tompkins County—including the past four years as Undersheriff, service on the County Legislature between 2010 and 2014 (where, in part, he chaired the Public Safety Committee), and more than two decades of service as an investigator with the Ithaca Police Department."

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posticon Robertson Reelected Legislature Chair

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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The Tompkins County Legislature, in its annual reorganization meeting, elected Martha Robertson (D) for another year as Chair of the Legislature in 2019, and Shawna Black (D) as Vice Chair. The positions of Chair and Vice Chair are filled each year by majority vote of members of the Legislature. Making the nomination for Chair, Legislator Deborah Dawson observed that over the past year she served with Robertson in many capacities and has seen her in action in many different situations and venues.

"In my experience, no one on this Legislature is better informed or more hard-working," Dawson said. "When Tompkins County needs something, Martha looks to how to make it happen…She has proven herself to be tireless, relentless, and indomitable to serve Tompkins County. We all benefit from her hard work."

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posticon Farm Machinery Speed Limit Increase Becomes Law

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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NYS Senator Pam Helming announced Monday that legislation she sponsored to increase the speed at which farm vehicles may be operated on roadways has been signed into law. This legislation (S.6746) does not change the requirement that a slow moving vehicle emblem be displayed on all farm machinery, whether self-propelled or towed, but updates Vehicle and Traffic Law to allow farmers to drive their equipment at 35 mph instead of the current 25 mph limit. Increasing the speed at which farm machinery can operate on roadways improves the overall safety of farmers and motorists. Passing this legislation has been a priority for the New York State Farm Bureau.

"With agriculture being the top industry in our region and a major economic driver throughout New York State, it is important that we continue to support our hardworking, job-creating farmers in any way that we can. This bill to increase the speed limit at which farmers can operate their machinery on roadways is a critical part of that support and I was proud to work with Farm Bureau to get it signed into law. This measure improves safety for our farmers and motorists alike. As technologies change, we must update our regulations to reflect those improvements and this is a perfect example of a commonsense regulatory fix. Working together, we can continue to push for legislation that improves public safety and supports the continued success of local farms," Senator Helming said.

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posticon TCAT Unveils Strategic Plan 2018-2030

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By Patty Poist Print
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Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) released its comprehensive playbook January 4th, charting the course for improved, integrated and expanded public transportation in Tompkins County through the next several years.

TCAT's "Strategic Plan 2018-2030" outlines both short-term and long-term goals for the agency to be the key driver in meeting a number of challenges driven by urbanization, technological advances and higher consumer expectations for a solid and reliable network of mobility choices.

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posticon Cuomo Vows To Enshrine Roe V. Wade Into State Constitution

News | Friday, January 11, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed Monday to codify the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade into New York State Law upon the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, de-criminalizing women's access to abortions and protecting the doctors who perform them once and for all. Earlier today, the Governor rallied for the passage of the RHA, vowing to pass the bill within the first 30 days of the legislative session alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and bill sponsors Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Deborah Glick. The passage of the RHA is part of the Governor's 2019 Justice Agenda for the first 100 days of the legislative session, outlined in December.

In addition, the Governor announced that he will advance legislation supporting the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, which would make regulations enacted by Cuomo through Executive Order in 2018 permanent. This legislation would codify the requirement under the federal Affordable Care Act that health insurers much provide free contraceptive coverage in their policies into New York State law. The Governor pledged to not pass the budget until both the Reproductive Health Act and Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act are passed.

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