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posticon Solar and Wind Law Stalls on Acreage

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The draft Solar and Wind Energy Systems amendment to Lansing's zoning ordinance is very close to being complete, but one key element will determine whether it will be feasible for large and medium-scale solar farms to locate in the Town.  The Lansing Town Board debated whether and how much to limit the size of commercial solar farms in the Town after a public hearing on the law.

"I am very concerned about the environment.  I am very concerned about the farmlands.  I am very concerned about the farmers.  I am very concerned about a variety of different things," said LaVigne. "But I'm also very concerned about the Town's tax base.  I propose we do an analysis of what the financial benefit is to the Town of Lansing.  What is the best bang for our buck?  We have to look out for the Town."

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posticon Notice Of Special Town Board Meeting Of The Town Of Lansing

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Town of Lansing Print
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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Town Board Meeting is being called, convened, and held upon September 30, 2019, at 4:00 pm at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing, New York 14882, for the purpose of the Town Board to discuss the 2020 Budget, and such other business as may lawfully thereat come before the Town Board. All residents of the Town and the general public are invited to attend this special Town Board meeting.

Dated: September 19, 2019
By Order of the Town Board
Deborah Munson, RMC
Town Clerk, Town of Lansing


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posticon Crossbows to be Allowed for Village Deer Population Management

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Village of Lansing Trustees Monday set a public hearing date for an amendment to the Village firearm and bow safety law that will allow approved hunters in its deer population control program to use crossbows.  The amendment is in response to a request by the program's leader, Dr.Bernd Blossey, in August, arguing that some  of the hunters in the program are aging and finding it more difficult to use compound bows.  Mayor Donald Hartill said he supports the amendment as a way to keep responsible, qualified hunters in the program.

"We have a group of hunters who are becoming more aged," Hartill said. "A 75 pound pull on a compound bow might be a little difficult.  Crossbows are a way of enabling that continuation.  We're in a fortunate situation here where we have a good group of hunters that are continuing to be interested (in participating in the Village deer population control project).  It's important that we continue to manage the deer population."

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posticon TCAT Launches Three 35-Foot Buses Into Service This Week

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Patty Poist Print
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Some TCAT passengers this week will be among the first to ride one of three new smaller buses that the transit system launched into service this week to help ease overcrowding during peak times.

As announced earlier, TCAT purchased three 35-foot Champion buses, each with a Freightliner chassis, to support TCAT's 54-bus fleet. The three new buses went into service Tues., Sept. 17, to address overcrowding on some of TCAT's 34 routes during commuter rush hours. The Champion buses each seat 29.

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posticon Mitrano Launches Second Bid for House Seat

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Mitrano Campaign Print
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Corning, NY - Declaring that "something shifted in the last several years," Democrat Tracy Mitrano officially launched her second bid to represent New York's 23rd Congressional District. She formally announced her intention at an event in Corning Thursday (September 12) evening.

Politicians "who used to represent the center of American politics have become puppets to big moneyed corporate interests," said Mitrano, who is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Reed. "In their pursuit of profit they do not care about our environment, all-consuming debt, separating children from their parents at the border, polluting the beautiful resources of our planet, predatory interest rates, failing infrastructure, the farmers in this district under water, literally and figuratively, the onerous tax burden on the middle class or the working poor who can't make ends meet."

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posticon Cornell University Joins Consortium To Purchase Renewable Energy

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Cornell University Print
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Cornell University is a leader in the creation and operation of the NY Higher Education Large Scale Renewable Energy (NY HE LSRE) consortium of 20 public and private higher education institutions for the purchase of large-scale aggregated renewable energy. The consortium represents one of the state's largest aggregated purchases of renewable energy to date.

As part of the commitment to reaching carbon neutrality by 2035, Cornell is pursuing the goal powering the Ithaca campus with 100 percent renewable electricity by leveraging the aggregate purchasing power of the consortium.

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posticon County Health Department Supports E-cigarette Flavor Ban

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Tompkins County Health Department Print
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With the recent increase in e-cigarette-related illnesses reported in New York State and the announcement of the ban on flavored e-cigarettes, the Tompkins County Health Department supports the Governor and the New York State Department of Health in their effort to protect the public, especially youth, from these addictive products that pose serious health risks.

"Protecting youth from fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes is a huge step in addressing this public health epidemic. We do not want another generation of young people addicted to nicotine," states Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. The Health Department reminds the public of negative health risks of e-cigarette use. The inhaled E-cigarette aerosol can contain:

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posticon Coddington Road Community Center Bill Signed Into Law

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Office of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Print
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Barbara Lifton (D-125AD, Tompkins/Cortland) announced Monday that Governor Cuomo had signed into law her bill (A8235) allowing for a transfer of parkland from the Town of Ithaca to the Coddington Road Community Center (CRCC), for purposes of expanding the Community Center.

"At the request of the town, I was happy to introduce this bill that authorizes the transfer of public parkland located at the CRCC, so the Community Center can add additional classroom spaces for childcare, as well as afterschool programs in a multi-purpose gym space, office space for staff, kitchen renovations and improved handicap accessibility. I'm pleased the Governor has now signed it into law," said Lifton.

"Importantly, under this bill the town will also acquire new parkland on site, including a new ballfield to be used for local afterschool sports programs. Families will still be able to enjoy recreation at the community center park, as well as this expansion of the CRCC facilities, enhancing childcare and educational programs in the Town of Ithaca," Lifton concluded.

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posticon Helming Leads Public Hearing on Rural Broadband

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Albany - Senator Pam Helming attends a public hearing in Albany that was hosted by the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources and the New York State Standing Committee on Local Governments. Helming is the Ranker of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources as well as the Ranker of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

The hearing included testimony from the Empire State Development's Office of Innovation and Broadband, the Department of Public Service, the Attorney General's office, local elected officials, as well as state residents and representatives from several school groups and broadband committee groups.

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posticon Technology Changing How Local Governments Serve Residents

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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Local governments across New York state are turning to new technologies to save money, communicate with residents and allow taxpayers to make payments, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  DiNapoli released his report, "Smart Solutions Across the State: Advanced Technology in Local Governments," at a press conference in the City of Schenectady with Mayor Gary R. McCarthy, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and National Grid Eastern New York Regional Executive Laurie Poltynski. The city recently began installing energy saving LED street lights and expanding wireless connectivity to certain neighborhoods as part of its Smart City Project.

"New technologies are reshaping how local government services are delivered. Local officials are stepping up to meet the evolving expectations of residents who want their interactions with government to be easy and convenient," DiNapoli said. "Officials can use smart technology to trim costs, hold the line on taxes, and encourage new growth, but must be vigilant against cyberattacks. Schenectady is deploying technology to cut lighting expenses and provide greater internet access. The initiatives underway in Schenectady are a model for others to follow, and I commend Mayor McCarthy and the Schenectady City Council for prioritizing these projects. I encourage other local officials to explore options to improve their service delivery."

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posticon Out-Of-Network Law Protects From Surprise Medical Bills

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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The Department of Financial Services has issued a new report detailing the successes of New York's first-in-the-nation out-of-network law, which protects consumers from emergency and surprise bills from out-of-network doctors and other healthcare providers, including an increasing number of dispute resolution requests. The law, which takes consumers out of the dispute process, has saved New Yorkers more than $400 million with respect to emergency services alone.

"New York has made extraordinary progress when it comes to enforcing fairness in healthcare costs," Governor Cuomo said. "These findings show how the out-of-network law has been effective in protecting patients and making it clear to everyone that getting the care New Yorkers need is a right, not a luxury."

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posticon Parents Protected From Adoption Prohibition

News | Friday, September 20, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.3999/A.460) Monday prohibiting New York State courts from denying child adoptions to petitioners who are already a legally-recognized parent solely on that basis. The bill protects parents whose names were not on the birth certificate, same-sex couples, and parents who had a child through surrogacy from being denied an adoption when the parent petitioning is already recognized as the child's parent.

"All parents deserve the same rights and the same recognition under the law - period - and it's unconscionable that this isn't the case in every corner of this nation," Cuomo said. "These new protections will help ensure that all families are treated with fairness and equality and that no parent encounters unreasonable barriers in a court of law."

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