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posticon Village Recinds Support For CLEAN Mining Permit Lawsuit

News | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Village of Lansing

Village of Lansing trustees voted Monday to rescind their support of an Article 78 lawsuit to be filed against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN).  The Trustees voted two weeks previously to lend its name to the proceeding when Ronny Hardaway called on fellow Trustees to add their support to that of other nearby communities.  The suit challenges a permit granted for Cargill's new 2,500 foot deep Cayuga Salt Mine mine shaft that clears the way for the project to move forward.

In the October 2nd meeting Hardaway argued that an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) had not been conducted.  He said the lawsuit, if successful, would force the DEC to revoke a permit unless an EIS shows the project does not threaten the lake.  Board members were split on the issue, with some expressing surprise when it was raised at the end of the meeting usually reserved for Trustee reports.  Mayor Donal Hartill abstained from the vote, saying he felt 'blindsided' by Hardaway.  Trustee John O'Neill voted against supporting the lawsuit, but Trustees Gerry Monaghan and Pat O'Rourke joined with Hardaway to pass the resolution.  However, at the Board of Trustees regular Thursday lunch meeting, the Board rescinded their vote.

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posticon Mine Shaft Site Plan Seems Poised For Approval

News | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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A standing-room-only crowd filled the Town courtroom Monday, when the Lansing Town Planning Board conducted a public hearing Monday to consider site plan approval for surface facilities for the proposed Cayuga Salt Mine shaft #4.  After a brief explanation of the project by Cargill Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski and Senior Project manager William Gracon, the floor was opened to the public.  A half dozen Cargill employees passionately defended the company and the project, citing its safety record and stressing that the safety of mine employees is the key reason for the shaft.

"This project isn't born from corporate greed, as some may wish you to think," said 38 year mine employee Brian Bartlett.  "Instead it's a necessary project that will allow us to maintain and further our commitment to the safety of people who go a half a mile underground each day to perform difficult and important work. I encourage you to vote in favor of supporting this project, allowing our employees the opportunity to work under conditions most people take for granted every day at their workplace: breathing adequate, clean air, being able to exit in a reasonable amount of time in emergency situations, and, in the event of injury or illness, to have professional care available at the earliest possible moment."

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posticon Water District Extension Put On Hold

News | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Water District Tabled

A water district extension proposed for a portion of Auburn Road and Bower, Buck, Wilson and Colon Roads was tabled Wednesday, after three property owners within the proposed district strongly objected to the project.  A petition signed by 23 neighbors requested removing the portion of Buck Road between Auburn and Conlon Roads.

"Ever since we've owned this property our taxes have gone up, some years more than others," said Lansing farmer Matt Dedrick, some of whose fields are part of the proposed district.  "At this point in time the taxes far exceed what our agricultural land can generate in return.  So adding another $934 a year for 38 years for a water system that we and a number of other neighbors don't want, need, or can't justify at this price tag, would be very burdensome to to many."

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posticon Some NY Schools Not Reporting Bullying or Harassment

News | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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Many New York schools fall short when it comes to protecting students from harassment and discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, according to an audit released in Rochester last Friday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The audit  examined New York state schools' compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). On Sept. 25, DiNapoli engaged a similar audit focused on New York City schools.

"The Dignity for All Students Act was created to protect students but four years later, many schools remain unsure of what to do and make serious errors in reporting incidents of harassment and bullying," DiNapoli said. "All students deserve schools that support them and are safe and free from harassment and bullying. School districts must protect students' rights and ensure thorough training for school staff. We appreciate that the State Education Department agrees with our recommendations and is taking steps to help school officials improve their ability to safeguard students."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislators Adopt Amendments to 2018 Recommended Budget
The Tompkins County Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator's 2018 Recommended Budget and the Capital Program for the next five years, as recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee. The vote was unanimous. There were no additional changes to the package before the Legislature vote.

The amended budget would increase the County tax levy 2.32%. The recommended tax rate of $6.57 per thousand is down by 5 cents (0.76%) from 2017 and is a penny less than the Administrator's budget, representing an increase of $11.14 in the tax bill for the median-valued $178,000 home. The amended budget's recommended levy increase of 2.32% compares to a 2.4% increase contained in the County Administrator's budget, and is below Tompkins County's State-calculated 2018 Tax Cap of 3.53%.

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