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June 15, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 23

posticon Town Struggles With Flag Policy

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Ed LaVigne

Prompted by a request to fly a LGBTQ flag in front of the Town hall to celebrate Pride Month this month, the Lansing Town Board struggled to come up with an objective policy that would allow positive, supportive messages while preventing hate groups from being permitted to fly their own flags there.  Board members said they wanted to support all Lansing citizens, but were concerned about possible liability if one group's flag were approved and another denied.

"How do we go about this and protect the Town?" asked Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne "If you do it for one how do you do it for the other.  To me it's not about this issue, it's about the policy.  If we come up with a policy that is generic and concise, how do we go about that so that we show we are a loving, caring, inclusive community?  If we allow it for one, I don't want a hate group come in and say 'we want to put our flag up also'."

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posticon Lansing Gets a Look at Airport Improvements

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Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport

Tompkins County got the news that the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport will become the Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport before the end of next year, when Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the airport May 3rd to announce that New York State would contribute $14.25 million toward the project.  The three big pieces were that the terminal would be significantly expanded, that a 5,000 square foot US Customs facility would be added, and a new State DOT facility would be built adjacent to the airport.  The Lansing Community Library Program Committee and the Lansing Democrats co-hosted Airport Manager Mike Hall Tuesday, who gave a presentation on what that will look like.

"If you want to understand the new terminal puff out your cheeks and stick out your tongue," Hall quipped. "We're expanding the baggage area significantly.  There will be more room (at the check-in counters).  When you get back to Security, there are going to be two lines.  There will be a priority check line for those people who travel frequently and have been cleared.  That will help process people through more quickly.  Then there's going to be a departure concourse with six gates.  We have six gates right now, but they're ground gates with one jet-bridge.  Now we're going to have four jet-bridges and two ground gates.  We need the ground gates because there's always the possibility that we'll get small airlines here."

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posticon TCAT Considers New Lansing Routes

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TCAT Considers New Lansing Routes

Lansing riders were at the Town Hall Wednesday to share their ideas about bus service in Lansing.  Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) representatives held the second of two meetings to talk about possible route changes and a potential addition of service to the Town in the middle of the day.

"This has been on my to-do list for a while as we've seen development occurring in Lansing," says TCAT Service Development Manager Matt Yarrow. "I've been talking with other staffers about it for a while.  We haven't been getting a ton of service requests, but we're starting to get more of them.  The Village Solars is really a large project that is pulling a lot of weight here.  We are experiencing some development in Lansing.   With that comes the opportunity to see if service could be designed that would be utilized in the middle of the day.  It doesn't have to run in the same alignment as the current routes.  We're open to trying to figure out what would be most appreciated and most used.  We understand a lot of those folks are trying to get to Cornell and aren't happy with what's here now."

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posticon Matheny Soars to State Championship

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track IMG 5792Photo by Becca Lovenheim

11 Lansing Girls Compete at 2018 NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships

The bus pulled out early on Friday morning, loaded with eleven girls and their coaches. En route to the 2018 NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, the girls were in high spirits, with music playing and hair being braided as is customary before each meet. But there was no denying that this meet was different – New York is one of the most competitive states for track and field in the nation, and the Ladycats had their sights set on strong performances in what they knew would be a fiercely competitive landscape.

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posticon Three Lansing Teachers Receive Tenure

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Hartz, Levesque, Mazur(Left to right) Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso, Special Education teacher Matt Hartz, Physical Education teacher Miles Levesque, Elementary Education teacher, and District Business Administrator Kate Heath

The Lansing Board of Education unanimously approved three teachers Monday.  Special Education teacher Matt Hartz, Elementary Education teacher Anastasia Mazur will be tenured as of September 1, and Physical Education teacher Miles Levesque begins tenure June 23.

"As you know this is our most important job, hiring quality people," said Lansing Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso. "We are fortunate to have a lot of people interested in working in Lansing, so we get to pick the best.  We have that here tonight."

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posticon R2P Builds New Theater in the Ithaca Mall

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Running 2 Places Builds New theater

Running to Places Theatre Company (R2P) Artistic Director and founder Joey Steinhagen raised the curtain on the next stage of the youth theater company.  Literally the next stage, because he announced Saturday that R2P will be building a theater complex in the old movie theater space in The Shops at Ithaca Mall.  About 120 current and former company members and supporters were lured to the mall with the promise of a 'big reveal', but were not told what it would be about.

"It's got to be something we can actually achieve," Steinhagen said. "It can't just be a dream... it has to be something that actually can happen.  It would also be cool if it weren't just a selfish thing for us, but to other organizations and businesses in the community.  If it somehow added value to our community.  So we came up with a plan, and it's this: we're going to build a theater right here in the mall."

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