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posticon Supervisor To Ask Board To Cancel Comp Plan Hearing

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne will ask the Lansing Town Board next Wednesday to cancel a December 20th public hearing on the latest revision of the Town's Comprehensive Plan.  LaVigne says the public will have ample opportunity to express concerns about the current draft of the revision, which has been crafted over the past seven years, before a new public hearing is scheduled and the Town Board is called upon to vote to accept it.  There is no guarantee that the public hearing will be cancelled, but the Board will discuss it Wednesday.

"We'll listen to everybody's concerns," LaVigne said in a phone interview Tuesday.  "It won't be a debate.  It will be 'What are you concerned about?'  We'll let the Town Board take a step back and think about it.  Some time in the Spring or Summer, if the Board decides, we will move forward and set another public hearing."

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posticon NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING OF THE TOWN OF LANSING

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | 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 December 13, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing, New York 14882, for the purpose of cancelling the Public Hearing upon the Proposed Adoption of the Updated Comprehensive Plan. All residents of the Town and the general public are invited to attend this special Town Board meeting.

Deborah Munson, Town Clerk, Town of Lansing
December 7, 2017

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posticon Fixing Ludlowville

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Ludlowville has been a thriving community that boasted mills, a dry goods and grocery store, its own post office, churches, a school, and was even the location for silent films in the early 1900s.  Today it is largely residential.  The rustic hamlet is like a bowl -- it is below Lansingville to the north, and downhill from the Lansing school campus -- and that means when it rains, Ludlowville floods.  Despite a $480,000 county flood mitigation project in 2013, portions of Ludlowville still flooded, especially during the torrential rains the area suffered this year in July.  This fall the Lansing Highway Department did quite a bit of work to fix that. The work had already been scheduled for late summer, but the rains didn't feel like waiting.

"We took 75% of Ludlowville and improved it this year," says Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell. "The work had been scheduled, ideally, for the month of August, because I was trying to schedule it in conjunction with Red Bridge being completed.  Unfortunately we had the 'monsoons' that we had in July, and some people had substantial damage.  It wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to do this project after the fact.  It had been planned for two years, and was on the docket for August.  Unfortunately we had that unusual July."

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posticon Mamava Gives Women the Choice to Breastfeed at Airport

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) announces the installation of Mamava, a lactation suite that will give mothers the choice to nurse their infants in private.

"We were disturbed to learn that some of our travelers who are nursing mothers and seeking privacy were forced to do so in the women's restroom," stated Director of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Mike Hall.

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posticon Centro To Lend Buses To Help TCAT Deal With Shortages

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Patty Poist Print
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Syracuse-based Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) has come to TCAT's rescue by lending two buses to the Ithaca-based transit agency to help it prevent missed trips due to bus shortages.

Upon the request of TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, Centro CEO Rick Lee last week quickly agreed to lend two 40-foot 2005 New Flyer diesel buses, which TCAT bus operators and a mechanic transported back to Ithaca on Fri., Dec. 1. After they pass the required state inspections, the buses will be put into service.

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posticon Borgella Appointed Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Katie Borgella

The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, has approved the appointment of Katherine 'Katie' Borgella as the County's Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability. (Legislator Anna Kelles was excused.) Borgella, who has 24 years of leadership experience in the County Department of Planning and Sustainability, has served as Deputy Commissioner since 2014 and as Interim Commissioner since the retirement of Ed Marx in August.

In requesting the Legislature's approval of the appointment following a three-month search process, Interim County Administrator Paula Younger said, "From over 30 applicants, to four solid candidates, to two finalists, Katie Borgella held an impressive lead throughout this process and has been recommended unanimously by the Search Committee…Katie brings to the Commissioner position great vision, genuine enthusiasm, and plenty of hands-on experience."

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posticon Legislature Urges Preservation of Net Neutrality

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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In response to a resolution advanced by Legislator Dooley Kiefer, the Legislature, by a vote of 11-2, went on record in support of equality of Internet access (net neutrality) and regulation of the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Federal Communications Act. (Legislators Mike Sigler and James Dennis voted no; Legislator Anna Kelles was excused.)

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved regulations that ensure such equal access to the Internet (providing that large Internet service providers cannot discriminate among different kinds of web traffic, websites, or applications, such as making some websites load faster, or charging more money to access certain sites) and classified broadband Internet access as a public utility under Title II of the Federal Communications Act, not as simply an "information service." The new Chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has announced that the FCC will vote to place the Internet under Title I, doing away with net neutrality.

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posticon Septic System Rebate To Keep Finger Lakes Clean

News | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Geneva – Senator Pam Helming today announced that the six counties that she represents are included in the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation's septic system rebate program. This fund allows property owners in eligible areas to be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the costs for certain septic system projects up to $10,000. Helming fought for this funding in this year's New York State budget and worked aggressively to ensure that the counties she represents were eligible.

"This is a big win for our region! Clean lakes are essential to making sure that our families can lead healthy, productive lives and that our small businesses can continue to drive the economy of our region and our state," Helming said. "This septic system rebate program will accomplish that by providing qualifying property owners with the resources they need to make the repairs and upgrades necessary to prevent unhealthy discharges to our lakes. It will also allow our communities to keep protecting our precious Finger Lakes and other bodies of water that are crucial to both our local tourism industry and our environment. I was proud to strongly advocate for all of the counties that I represent. To achieve this important funding is a big win for our region. I am glad that our upstate communities and our residents will be able to benefit from this program. I strongly encourage homeowners who are interested in participating to contact their county Soil and Water Conservation Districts."

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