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posticon Rod & Gub Club Gets Building Permit

News | Friday, October 19, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Rod and Gun Club

The Lansing Rod & Gun Club was issued a building permit Wednesday that will allow them to move forward with a plan to swap shooting range locations, remove a shooting pavilion, and replace two trap houses on its 113 acre Ludlowville site.  The changes to the layout are in response to a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order to stop shooting lead shot into Salmon Creek and nearby wetlands and prevent lead from entering those areas.  Lansing Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector said Wednesday that a new plan meets zoning conditions for the RA (Rural/Agriculture) zone and that uses that do not comply are lawful pre-existing uses.

"I issued a permit today with the condition that they can put storm water control measures in place and remove the pavilion now, but there is to be no more land clearing and no construction until he gets the DEC approval back," Day said.  "The plans do not call for use of any portion of their 113 acre parcel that had not already been in use, including for shooting.  Their club will be using the same land areas after these plans were implemented as were being used for decades.  So based on the building permit application and plan review the Town of Lansing Land Use Ordinance, specifically Article 10, Non-conforming Uses - it is my opinion that this is an existing non-conforming use with no site plan, special permit or dBA review required."

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posticon Cuomo in Village of Lansing For $24.7M Airport Groundbreaking

News | Friday, October 19, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport GroundbreakingIthaca-Tompkins International Airport Groundbreaking. From left: Howard Zemski, Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner; Martha Robertson, Chair of the; Tompkins County Legislature; Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick; Governor Andrew Cuomo; Airport Director Mike Hall; Jennifer Tavares, President, Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce; Paul Karas, DOT Commissioner; Dave Marsh, IBEW 241; Daniel Jackson, Regional Business Representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of America and Canada; NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton

Governor Andrew Cuomo joined local dignitaries for the groundbreaking of a $24.7 million project that will transform the Ithaca-Tompkins Airport, in the Village of Lansing, from a  regional to an international airport.  The project expands existing terminal space by about 50%, and adds a US Customs facility that will enable flights from foreign countries to fly directly to Ithaca.  Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson said it will be the most energy-efficient airport possible, reducing current energy costs by $50,000 per year despite the larger terminal area.  Cuomo said the completion of the project by the end of 2019 will transport the airport into a vital transportation hub that will encourage global investment and business in Tompkins County.

"What's exciting about today is it all starts with a vision. And it all starts with daring and with courage. And taking on a project like this, this is a $24 million project," Cuomo said. "This is a big deal. It takes vision, it takes guts, and it takes a lot of hard work. The vision is what Martha said, centrally isolated, you want to survive and thrive economically, people have to be able to get to you. That's step one. And the new economy is not going to drive here. The new economy is global, it's international, and they fly. You need an international airport so you can bring your resources to bear internationally and be internationally accessible. That's the vision. And that's true."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, October 19, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislators Adopt Amendments to 2019 Recommended Budget
The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator's 2019 Recommended Budget and the Capital Program for the next five years, as recommended by the Expanded Budget Committee.

Before the vote, Legislators made one additional amendment to the budget, advanced by Chair Martha Robertson, which moved into Contingency a one-time-funded $62,000 allocation to Cooperative Extension to support a space expansion project, using shipping containers, to increase storage and classroom space. The amendment, which had failed by a tie 7-7 vote at the last Expanded Budget Committee, this time was approved 8-6—with Robertson changing her vote from no to yes (Legislators Anna Kelles, Michael Lane, Anne Koreman, Glenn Morey, and Dan Klein voted no.) Robertson said that, as a measure of transparency and accountability, she would like to see a detailed plan and more financial details and have the Legislature give final authorization at that point.

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posticon Cuomo Announces Law Enforcement Actions Against Violence In Syracuse

News | Friday, October 19, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office and Star Staff Print
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cuomo addressespressGovernor Andrew Cuomo (center) addresses the press in the Village of Lansing Tuesday on state help dealing with recent violence in Syracuse

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday a series of actions by state law enforcement aimed at combatting the recent violence that the City of Syracuse has experienced over the past several weeks. Initially, New York will expand State Police patrols and operations, as well as increase intelligence sharing and coordination with local law enforcement and other state agencies. Following the implementation of this plan, the state will engage with the region's community leaders, clergy, law enforcement and elected officials to identify additional long term solutions to not only reduce violence, but address many of the systemic socio-economic problems that violence-plagued communities face.

"Protecting the public is the top responsibility of government and I am proud to work with our community partners to address both the immediate and underlying causes of violence in our neighborhoods," Governor Cuomo said. "Together, we will build a stronger and safer New York for all."

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