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February 16, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 7

posticon School Board Approves Veterans Tax Exemption

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The Lansing Board Of Education Approved a veterans tax exemption Monday in a split 4-3 vote, becoming the second school district in Tompkins County to offer such a benefit.  While a property tax break for veterans has been discussed before, this is the first time Lansing has extended the benefit.  Wartime veterans will receive an exemption of 15% capped at $6,000. Combat zone vets will receive an additional 10%, capped at $10,000, and disabled veterans may receive as much as 50% with a $20,000 cap.

"I want to be very clear, and I think I speak for this whole board... there is nobody here who doesn't thank you for the service that you've given us," said School Board President Christine Iacobucci after Monday's public hearing on the exemption. "We honor you and we're so glad that you're here talking to us.  But what I think I hear is the Governor put us in front of you and said 'ask these people for the money' instead of forking over the money from the State.  That's the issue I think we're going to be grappling with when we vote on it."

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posticon Senior Housing at the Mall Hits a Wall

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Lansing Meadows Sketch

After what amounted to a 90 minute argument the Village of Lansing Planning Board voted that a new design for the Lansing Meadows senior rental housing project constitutes a major change to the Planned Development Area (PDA) that made building the residences a condition of constructing the BJ's Wholesale Club building in 2011.  A clearly frustrated planning board made it clear they would fight the current plan to build two apartment buildings on a small portion of the property, saying that it is nothing like the original plan they agreed to as a condition of building the commercial portion of the PDA.

"The concept that you originally sold the Planning Board on was that the residential component with wetland mitigation and a bird sanctuary -- I don't see any of that," Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer Adam Robbs. "I see a 12 unit complex on the west end and a pathway that runs from the west to the east end towards the commercial section.  There's nothing else.  The concept was an an entire community.  Now there's no community.  Now there's basically an apartment complex.  The expectation was the entirety of the property would be built on.  That's the part that's missing."

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posticon News Director Brings More Focus On Local News

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WHCU NewsMichayla Savitt, John Summers (center), and Chris Hedden in the Morning Newswatch studio.

It's been over three weeks since John Summers drove from sunny California to icy Ithaca to become Cayuga Radio Group's newest news director. Before coming to Ithaca he was Regional Program Director and News Director for the Northwest News Radio Network, and has worked primarily on the west coast for decades. Summers brings that volume of broadcast experience, as well as a deep timbre voice, to Ithaca. He says he aims to put more focus on local and regional news.

"I foresee much more emphasis on local and regional news," he says. "That's what the area wants.  Research shows most people don't want to have more of a story on the radio.  That's what the Web and print publications are for.  On the radio they want more stories that affect them.  So we're increasing our story count so we're covering more and more local stories, and providing the information in a smaller content frame.  We want to provide more of an outlook for the community to make its voices heard, so we're more interactive."

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posticon Bobcat Basketball Ends Regular Season With a Win and a Loss

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The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball closed out the regular season with two road games, losing to the Union Springs Wolves Tuesday, February 6th and winning against the Trumansburg Blue Raiders on Friday February 9th.

In the Tuesday game in Union Springs, Luke Winslow controlled the tip off, and Langston Hopkins opened the Lansing scoring with a jump shot. The Wolves were able to answer off an offensive rebound, and applied strong defensive pressure with a press and 2-3 zone, keeping the Lansing scorers uncomfortable all night. A 9-0 U.S. run would bring a Lansing time out with 3 minutes expired in the first quarter. A subsequent Winslow 3 pointer would allow the Bobcats to gain some ground, now down 9-5.

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posticon Antique Valentines at Lansing Library

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Valentine's Day Exhibit

Wednesday was Valentine's Day.  Love was in the air, and also at the Lansing Community library where the Lansing Historical Association is displaying an exhibit of Lansing Valentines and dance party invitations.  The exhibit features store-bought and home made cards from as far back as 1908.

"Fannie Welsh and Kathy LaLonde have been working on an antique Valentine exhibit," says Lansing Historian Louise Bement.  "Some of these postcards are from 1908.  Some of them are from the 1930s."

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