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posticon Town and County To Invest In Broadband Studies

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Broadband in Lansing

Three things have happened over the past week and a half that could mean better high speed Internet coverage for Lansing in particular, and Tompkins County in general.  1-On October 14th it was announced that an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant had been awarded that will bring a 17-mile long fiber broadband trunk extension from Ithaca to the future location of a  data center in Lansing.   2- On Tuesday Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles' amendment to spend up to $95,000 for a study to identify gaps in Internet coverage was unanimously approved County's Expanded Budget Committee.  3- Lansing's Internet Committee continues to try to identify gaps in town coverage and find remedies.

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said Wednesday that he had spoken to Kelles earlier in the day, and hadn't realized the Town was being asked to contribute $5,000 to the County study, as it hadn't been mentioned in previous paperwork.  But the Town Board unanimously passed a lengthy resolution supporting the study, including the $5,000 contribution, resolving that "Town of Lansing’s Town Board asks the Tompkins County Legislature to support a one-time Over Target Request of not more than $80,000 for a planning study that will provide the following deliverables to help us identify a possible path forward for a county-wide build-out of both middle and last mile fiber optic cable in Tompkins County", listing the deliverables as a market assessment, design, business and operations model, operations and maintenance plan, and capital and operations costs.
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posticon Non-Pipeline Natural Gas Solution Filed for Lansing

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By NYSEG Print
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BINGHAMTON, New York — October 22, 2020 — NYSEG announced today that the company filed a proposal with the New York State Public Service Commission to implement Non-Pipe Alternative (NPA) solutions in the Town of Lansing, New York that will improve reliability of the company's natural gas system. The NPA solutions are substitutes for traditional gas capital projects, such as pipelines, that utilize alternative technologies to address natural gas system reliability needs. This petition is among one of the first of its kind in New York State to use a portfolio of innovative solutions that, when implemented together, will strengthen the reliability of service for the company's gas customers in Lansing.

"This filing demonstrates our commitment to finding innovative solutions to traditional problems," said Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. "The company worked hard to collaborate with many local stakeholders on a solution to the challenges faced and we're proud to be able to lead this effort in Tompkins County. As a result, the safety and reliability of service for thousands of customers will be strengthened for years to come."

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posticon Impact of COVID-19 on Lansing's Self-sustaining School Programs

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Superintendent Chris Pettograsso told the school board at its October 13 meeting that the Lansing Central School District is in good financial shape.  But she warned that especially with the high level of uncertainty about state aid reduced because of COVID-19, that spending is an ongoing serious concern.  While the general budget is in good shape at the moment, School Business Administrator Kate Heath reported that self-sustaining programs, including the school lunch program and the childcare program are suffering losses because of the impact of the pandemic.

"We are really lucky that we have such a strong program. Our typical expenses are  payroll and benefits, the food and supplies such as utensils, napkins, office supplies, et cetera.  Our typical revenues are from sales, which could be student meals, adult meals, a la carte items, which would be for example, ice cream or some of the snacks that they have in catering. And then of course there are the federal and state reimbursements," Heath explained.

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posticon Town of Lansing To Help Fund Volunteer Lake Monitoring

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Myers Park Lakefront

The Lansing Town Board voted Wednesday to contribute $7,000 to the Community Science Institute (CSI) to support Cayuga Lake monitoring.  CSI Outreach Coordinator Nathaniel Launer said that Lansing volunteers have been monitoring water in Lansing since 2006, providing a valuable database of findings that citizens and governments can use to identify pressing issues related to water within the municipality.

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posticon HEALTH ALERT: Potential Public Exposures at Ithaca Ale House, Liquid State Brewing Company, and Wegmans

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposures. The Health Department received notification of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and dined at Ithaca Ale House and Liquid State Brewing Company during their infectious period. Another individual who tested positive for COVID-19 worked multiple shifts as a cashier at the Ithaca Wegmans. Both individuals are residents of other Counties, and their respective Counties are managing contact investigations. Close contacts of the individuals will be contacted by the respective County’s Health Department.

 

Potential public exposures may have occurred at Ithaca Ale House, 111 N Aurora St., Ithaca during the following dates and times:

 

  • Friday, October 9: 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 10: 2:30-4:00pm

 

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posticon HEALTH ALERT: Positive COVID-19 Case on TCAT Bus Routes 31 and 43

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Samantha Hillson, Tompkins County Health Department Print
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The Tompkins County Health Department received notification that an individual tested positive for COVID-19 who rode on a Tompkins Consolidated Area Transportation (TCAT) bus on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Potential exposures may have occurred on Thursday, October 15, 2020 during the following times on Routes 31 and 43:

  • Route 31 inbound: 10:27am-10:58am to Seneca St.
  • Route 43 outbound: 12:00pm-12:36 to Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)/Dryden


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posticon NYS Has 3rd Lowest COVID-19 Positivity Rate

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Johns Hopkins COVID-Tracker

New York State has the third lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 test results, according to a testing statistics website maintained by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.  As of this writing (10/20) New York State was reported at 1.2% positive results, with 998 new cases -- down from the previous week.  6.2 per thousand New Yorkers were tested, up from the previous week.

The site offers several views including an overview of the states, and maps showing new confirmed cases per thousand people, percentage of positive tests, and the weekly change in testing.  It also offers charts on which states meet WHO testing guidelines, testing and deaths statistics, and trends.

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posticon Micro-Cluster Strategy to Tackle COVID-19 Hot Spots in Fall

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlined New York State's new "micro-cluster" strategy Saturday to tackle COVID-19 hot spots that may come with the Fall and Winter weather. The micro-cluster strategy is predicated on three principles: refined detection, specific and calibrated mitigation, and focused enforcement.

Using New York State's approach to track cases by address with the help of nation-leading levels of testing, the State will identify outbreaks and implement mitigation measures tailored to the precise areas where outbreaks occur. The State will implement rules and restrictions directly targeted to areas with the highest concentration of COVID cases, known as red zones, and put in place less severe restrictions in surrounding communities, known as orange and yellow zones that serve as a buffer to ensure the virus does not spread beyond the central focus area. Enhanced focused testing and enforcement will follow.

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posticon Arizona, Maryland Added to NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory

News | Friday, October 23, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that Arizona and Maryland have been added to New York's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Neighboring states Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for the travel advisory -- however, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel to and from these states while they meet the travel advisory criteria.

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