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posticon Struggling To Make Sense Of School Tax Credits

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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School Property Tax Rebates

Property Tax Cap.  STAR Credit Checks.  Property Tax Relief Checks.  Property Tax freeze Checks.  Despite Albany's efforts to convince us we are getting some kind of good deal, we still have high property tax bills each year.  Any person with common sense would say that you pay the taxes that are owed, minus whatever exemptions, if any, you are eligible for.  That would be simple, and would not cost local governments much to administer.  But this is New York State, and Albany has never seen a complicated mandate it didn't like.

"How are regular people supposed to understand these?" asked a Lansing School Board member.  "They can't," replied Tompkins County Director of Assessment Jay Franklin.

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posticon Sigler, Cree, Dake Officially Running

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Lansing Republicans Print
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Designating Petitions

County Legislator Mike Sigler and Town Board members Robert Cree and Doug Dake will be on the ballot this November 7th. Sigler, Cree, and Dake will be on both the Republican and Independence Party lines. With almost 330 signatures, Sigler turned in more than four times the number of signatures needed and Cree and Dake three times the number needed to qualify.

"It was a lot of door to door and I couldn't have done it without our team. Having both lines is essential to me and is a big part of why I won four years ago. I met with 140 neighbors, having them sign my petitions, and my team met with the rest. This is the best chance we have all year to get out and meet our constituents. Cree, Dake and I will continue going door to door, meeting with our Lansing neighbors to get their visions for the town and where they want the town to be in four years," says Sigler.

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posticon County Administrator Announces Plan To Retire

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Joe Mareane

Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane today announced his plan to retire on February 1, 2018. Mareane has served in the Administrator's position since October 2008, succeeding Stephen Whicher.

Mareane will leave the County after a 37-year career in public service during which he served as the City of Syracuse's Budget Director, Assessment Commissioner, and Development Director and later as Onondaga County's Chief Fiscal Officer. He also held executive positions with the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Pyramid Companies.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislature Endorses Tompkins County Housing Strategy
The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Martha Robertson, Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, Glenn Morey were excused), endorsed the Tompkins County Housing Strategy, a wide-ranging plan to address the County's housing needs through 2025. Prepared by the County's Department of Planning and Sustainability, the Strategy draws upon information from past studies on the critical issue of housing, the 2016 Housing Needs Assessment and 2016 Housing Summit, as well as additional input and feedback received from community partners, the County Planning Advisory Board, legislators, and the public.

Before the vote, Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality read a statement from Committee Chair Martha Robertson, who has taken a lead role in helping to move forward the housing issue, but could not be at tonight's meeting. Robertson said, "In endorsing the 2017 Housing Strategy, the Legislature is making a very important statement of our values and priorities as a community when it comes to one of our most basic human needs. This Strategy charts an ambitious yet pragmatic path forward that balances the roles of the private and public sectors, of the different levels of government, of nonprofits, philanthropists, neighborhoods, and individuals. Many people have contributed to this document and even more of us, working together, will be needed to accomplish the many crucial goals that the County Legislature will hopefully be adopting."

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posticon Local Fulbright Winners Announced

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC- Congressman Tom Reed announced Tuesday that 16 individuals from New York's 23rd Congressional District were granted Fulbright awards -- including one from Lansing, one from Candor, One from Brooktondale, and eight from Ithaca -- during the 2016-2017 academic year.

"The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and sought after academic exchange programs in the world and it is our honor to congratulate these 16 individuals from our communities," Reed said. "These scholars have been identified as current or future leaders in their fields, and we are proud to have them representing our nation abroad," he added.

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posticon Trump Tax Plan Could Hurt NY Middle Class Taxpayers

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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Major changes to the federal tax code being considered by the President and Congress would have significant implications for New Yorkers, including the elimination of the more than $67 billion in state and local tax deductions reported by New Yorkers on their federal taxes, according to a report released Wednesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

"The stakes are high for New Yorkers if these changes are made to the federal tax code,"DiNapoli said. "There is a distinct possibility that President Trump's plan will hurt New York's middle class taxpayers and working families and give a windfall to the wealthiest among us. We really need more clarity on the specifics of the plan to fully assess its impact on New York."

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posticon Reed, Welch Introduce Bill to Advance Smart Manufacturing

News | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Tom Reed (R- NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act which would help small and medium-sized American manufacturers adopt smart manufacturing technologies.

Smart manufacturing combines information, technology and innovation to allow companies to make real-time management decisions regarding productivity, energy and costs. These advanced technologies are transforming the manufacturing sector, but due to a lack of staff resources, expertise and capital constraints, they are often only employed at large manufacturing facilities.

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