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posticon Town To Hold Off On Approving Comprehensive Plan

News | Friday, December 15, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Town Hall

The Lansing Town Board did not cancel a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan update that is scheduled for next Wednesday.  At a meeting last month the Board voted 3-2 to scheulde the public hearing for December 20.  Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz expressed strong objections to holding a public hearing so close to Christmas and then potentially voting to accept the plan immediately afterward.  In response to that and strong public outcry Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne called a special Town Board working session Wednesday to cancel the public hearing in order to give the Board and the public more time to consider the final draft.  While LaVigne agreed not to hold a vote on accepting the plan next week, the Board adjourned without cancelling the public hearing.

Town Attorney Guy Krogh recommended not cancelling the December 20th public hearing on the grounds that it would allow the Town Board to meet a New York State requirement to hold a public hearing within 90 days of receiving the draft plan from the Planning Board.  Krogh said that puts the deadline at February 11th, but warned that if a bad snow storm were to postpone a hearing set for late January or early February, it could force the public hearing to be cancelled, which would push the plan back to the Planning Board.  That would mean more delay, including another public hearing in front of the Planning Board before the plan could be considered for final approval again by the Town Board.

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posticon Mayor Says Subdivide The Mall

News | Friday, December 15, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Shops at Ithaca mall

After the Village of Lansing Planning Board sent its recommendation for a PDA (Planned Development Area) that would subdivide the Shops at Ithaca Mall, Mayor Donald Hartill told the Board of trustees last week that he doesn't see any better solution.  Since CMC Engineering Manager Kenneth Farrall brought the proposal to the Board last August  on behalf of the new mall owners, Trustees and Planning Board members have expressed concerns about the plan, particularly about safety, flooding, and accountability.  But with a $10 million reduction of assessed value of the property and the mall struggling to attract shoppers, Hartill said the subdivision plan is the best option in an attempt to revitalize the vital source of property and sales tax revenue.

"In reviewing all of the materials we've been presented with, it seems like that's the most attractive path forward," he said. "It certainly has a number of issues having to do with fire safety, the fact that it's a structure that has been there for 40 years.  All of these ancillary conditions really need to be satisfied.  Other than that I don't see any other path forward."

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posticon Helming Attends New York Farm Bureau Annual State Meeting

News | Friday, December 15, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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helming farmbureauFrom left to right: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, Senator Pam Helming, and NYFB District 3 Director John Sorbello.


Albany – Senator Pam Helming attended the New York Farm Bureau annual state meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. The event culminated with the Farm Bureau's annual banquet. During the banquet, several Farm Bureau members were honored for their leadership, service, and their successful efforts to ensure the voices of our New York State farmers are heard in Albany and Washington.

Helming says she is looking forward to continuing to be a strong advocate for Farm Bureau and working closely with the organization throughout the upcoming legislative session to help support our job-creating agricultural industry and local farmers.

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posticon Reed Calls On Colleges To Cut Price Tags

News | Friday, December 15, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC- There is a college cost crisis in our country. Through tax reform, Congressman Tom Reed is working to make college more affordable.

With over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt nationwide, and the average student graduating with over $30,000 in debt, this is an issue that needs to be tackled.

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