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posticon Parent Demands Better School Bullying Response

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing School District

In the wake of a Lansing teenager's recent tragic suicide, Beth Hogan Callister said she was moved to take action.   She led a meeting of concerned parents on September 10th, and admonished the Board of Education to drastically improve the school district's response to bullying at its September 13th meeting.  Callister said her daughter had been subjected to bullying in the Lansing schools since 4th grade, and the system of dealing with bullying is ineffective.  At the September 13 Board of Education Meeting she pleaded for well trained professionals to replace employees currently charged with dealing with bullying situations, saying that a 'new and effective approach to eliminate bullying' is needed.

"After hearing Anne Czymmek speak at the funeral I felt the need to do something," Callister said. "Sophie's words, when she heard the news about Will, were, 'It could have been me, Mom.'  I am hoping that the Lansing school district will step it up and address the bullying issue more effectively."

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posticon Town Orders Gun Club to Stop Clearing Land

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Rod and Gun Club

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne gave a brief update on a controversy involving the Lansing Rod & Gun Club Wednesday.  The club had submitted and then withdrawn a plan to move shooting ranges to a different area on club property to comply with a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order to protect the environment and Salmon Creek from lead contamination.  LaVigne reported that after being invited to inspect the site that the club commenced clearing in late August, Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector Lynn Day issued a Stop Work Order.

"The stop order was put in place because the gun club allowed Lynn to go on their property and roll the area," LaVigne reported. "He has a roller which measures exactly how big this area is.  It was over one acre of disturbance, which triggered a stop order.  That means nothing happens until they come up with their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  My understanding is they're working on it now.  We'll move forward when they have their SWPPP and we'll see where that goes."

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posticon Largest Tompkins County Community Solar Project Completed

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last Friday that the largest community solar project in Tompkins County has been completed and is fully operational. Located in the Town of Enfield, 373 households, as well as a local church, are benefitting from the 2.3-megawatt solar array which supports Cuomo's mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. The project also complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's comprehensive strategy to generate robust economic growth and community development.

"Clean, renewable energy is critical to combatting climate change and protecting our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "With the addition of this community solar project, we are continuing our commitment to a green future and to a more resilient, affordable energy grid."

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posticon County Budget Presentation Summary as of 9/17

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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In three sessions over the past two weeks, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee heard budget presentations from 20 more County departments and agencies, as they continued to review County Administrator Jason Molino's 2019 Recommended Budget.

The following departments and agencies have presented so far:
  • September 11: Tompkins County Public Library; Probation and Community Justice; Weights and Measures; Department of Planning and Sustainability; Tompkins County Area Development; the County Attorney; Tompkins Community Action
  • September 12: Information Technology Services; Highway; Human Resources; Finance: the Office for the Aging; Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit
  • September 17: Department of Social Services; Sheriff’s Office and Jail; Rural Libraries; Youth Services and Recreation Partnership; Assessment; Workforce Development Board and the Workforce NY Career Center.
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posticon Bill Will Boost Dental Care For Veterans

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Congressman Tom Reed announced Tuesday that he will cosponsor a bipartisan bill to provide dental care for veterans.

"We care about helping our veterans who fought to keep this country safe and want to ensure our vets are treated fairly," Reed said. "Currently, most veterans are not eligible for dental care in the same way they are eligible for other care from the Veterans Administration. This bill will ensure dental care is provided to our veterans in the same way they would receive healthcare for anything else from the VA."

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posticon Nearly $224 Million In Federal Funding For NYS Counterterrorism Efforts

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday nearly $224 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts in counties across New York. Tompkins County will receive $114,967 of a $52.5 million State Homeland Security Program grant.

"The safety and security of all New Yorkers is our number one priority, and we will continue to ensure those on the front lines have access to the very best training and resources to protect our communities," Cuomo said. "With this funding we will continue to bolster efforts to keep everyone who lives, works and visits the Empire State safe and secure."

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posticon Comptroller Urges State To Improve Nursing Home Equipment Inspections

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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The state Department of Health (DOH) should be doing more to insure that nursing homes are properly inspecting, maintaining and testing their medical equipment, according to an auditreleased today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

"New York state is doing the bare minimum when it comes to inspecting life-saving equipment used at nursing homes," DiNapoli said. "The state Department of Health deserves credit for monitoring nursing homes and reporting deficient practices to the public. But this is New York, and we should be going above and beyond the minimum to make sure some of our most vulnerable residents are protected."

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posticon Continued Efforts To Raise Opioid Danger Awareness

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday continued efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of opioids - including fentanyl, which is often hidden in other drugs - and synthetic cannabinoids. As part of these efforts, a joint letter from the Commissioners of the State Education Department, Department of Health, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services is being sent to school districts detailing the risks, including death, associated with these drugs and reminding them of the resources offered by the state to educate students and communities. The full text of the letter is available here.

"As we fight to combat the opioid epidemic, it is critical that we educate New York's students on the very real dangers of fentanyl and synthetic cannabinoids," Cuomo said. "We will continue to bolster our efforts to keep this poison out of the hands of our children, and I encourage schools to join us in this fight by using the free resources available to them to keep students healthy and safe."

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posticon State Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebate

News | Friday, September 21, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail locations. The installation of charging stations for public use supports the Governor's ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

"New York continues to lead the nation in reducing our carbon footprint by aggressively investing in clean transportation methods," Cuomo said. "By expanding public access to electric vehicle charging stations, this program will make it more affordable for New Yorkers to make the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, resulting in a cleaner, greener New York for all."

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