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February 14, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 7

posticon Little Public Comment on Village Short Term Rentals

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Short Term Rentals

Only two people chose to speak at a Village of Lansing Short-Term Rental Forum Monday, as the Village Planning Board continues to contemplate rules for Airbnb-type rentals.  One was a landowner considering building a senior housing complex with short-term rental units that could be rented to friends and relatives of her long-term renters, and the other who used to run a Bed & Breakfast before the Village shut it down.

The discussion began because of multiple complaints from neighbors of a house on Oakcrest Road that was hosting events as well as renters.  The homeowner subsequently applied for a permit to host events at the house, but didn't pursue it after the Board discouraged it based on allowed zoning uses for her neighborhood.  At that time she asked to be involved in future discussions of potential short term rental laws, but was not present at Monday's forum.

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posticon Driver Dies in Village of Lansing Accident

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The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded at about 2:35pm Tuesday to the area of North Triphammer Road near Horizon Drive in the Village of Lansing for a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, Deputies determined that a Honda Sedan was traveling south on North Triphammer Road and swerved into the northbound lane for an unknown reason. The Honda struck a 2012 Blue Dodge Ram traveling north head on.

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posticon Villagers Support Solar Village

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Ithaca Solar Village

Only one person chose to speak at the Village of Lansing Planning Board's public hearing on a proposed 43-home development Monday, but that comment mirrored the Planning Board's positive reception to the Ithaca Solar Village project.  The speaker was Tompkins County Legislator Deborah Dawson (D- Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights), who is a Village of Lansing resident.

"I would like to speak in support of this development," Dawson said. "The sizes of the units are consistent with our comprehensive plan that seeks to have housing units of varying sizes. I commend the net-zero quality of the buildings. It's certainly the wave of the future, and complying with the CLCPA (New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) going forward we need more of these projects that are climate and energy conscious.  I also like the clustering of the houses, because it preserves green space.  So congratulations -- it's a nice plan."

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posticon Test Results Negative for Coronavirus in Tompkins County

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On Sunday, February 9, the results for the second Cornell University student tested for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were negative. The individual is no longer a person under investigation (PUI) and was released from isolation.

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) continues to work closely with local medical providers including Cornell Health, Ithaca College Health Center and Cayuga Medical Center, to protect the health and well-being of our community. Guidance from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is informing our process for prevention and response.

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posticon Clerk Appoints Shawna Black Tompkins County Legislature Chair

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County Clerk Maureen Reynolds announced the appointment Last Friday of Legislator Shawna Black (D- Town of Ithaca) as Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.

As stipulated in the Tompkins County Charter, the Clerk is charged with appointing the Legislature Chair after a 30-day vacancy. The position became vacant at the January 7th organizational meeting when Legislator Mike Sigler (R - Town of Lansing) of Lansing was elected Temporary Chair to oversee the selection of a new Chair. Legislators were then unable to reach consensus between Mike Lane of Dryden and Anna Kelles of Ithaca, both Democrats.

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posticon State Sues Feds -- Governor Meets With President

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Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over a new federal policy that prohibits New Yorkers from enrolling or re-enrolling in the federal government's Trusted Traveler Programs. The suit, filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the two agencies' acting-leaders, argues that the policy change is arbitrary and poses a threat to New Yorkers' safety and the State's economy, directly harms hundreds of thousands of individual residents, and interferes with New York's rights as a sovereign state.

"This is political retribution, plain and simple, and while the president may want to punish New York for standing up to his xenophobic policies, we will not back down," said James. "We plan to take legal action and sue the Trump Administration for its unfair targeting of New York State residents. This new policy will negatively impact travelers, workers, commerce, and our economy, so we will fight the president's shortsighted crusade against his former home. We will not allow New Yorkers to be targeted or bullied by an authoritarian thug."

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posticon Grant Will Reduce Food Waste in Tompkins County

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Tompkins County will receive a $70,426 grant that will help prevent hunger and reduce the disposal of food waste though food donation and recycling. The grant is part of $4.3 million for 111 projects across the state that will will support efforts by municipalities and organizations, such as pantries and soup kitchens, to help divert scraps for recycling and reduce the amount of organic waste by redirecting excess, edible food to New Yorkers struggling with food insecurity.

"Wasted food hurts needy families facing the terrible challenges of food insecurity and harms the environment by growing landfills and contributing to climate change," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday. "These awards are the latest step New York is taking to help local governments and community organizations support smart investments that prevent food waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by food disposal, and provide nutritious and healthy food to combat hunger across New York State."

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