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News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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2018 Lansing Election WinnersFrom left: Lansing Judge Maura Kennedy-Smith, Sheriff Derek Osbourne, Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds, NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, NYS Senator Pam Helming, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, US Congressman Tom Reed, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Lansingites turned out Tuesday to vote for candidates in several highly contested political races, including local elections for Lansing Town Justice, Tompkins County Sheriff, and the 23rd US Congressional district seat.  Local turnout averaged 63.11% county-wide.  In Lansing the turnout averaged 64.4% with the highest turnout in District 1 (west-central Lansing) at 65.58% and the lowest in District 4 (northwest Lansing) at a still respectable 61.02%.  Unofficial election results -- the results of the Tuesday vote before write-ins and other qualifying votes are counted -- made it unlikely that Tuesday winners would be displaced when the final votes are tallied.

Maura Kennedy-Smith (D) defeated Dick Costello (R) for Lansing Town Justice with 73% of the votes, 3,248 to 1,342 with all seven districts reporting. Kennedy-Smith outpaced Costello in all seven districts.  Costello made his best showing in District 3 with 230 votes, but Kennedy-Smith received 503 in the same district.

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posticon Town Remains Opted Out of Solar Property Tax Exemption

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Town Remains Opted Out of Solar Property Tax Exemption

Tompkins County Director of Assessment Jay Franklin told Lansing Town Board members Wednesday that they should protect property tax revenue from potential industrial solar farms within  town boundaries.  The Town opted out of providing a tax exemption for solar installations five years ago, but Franklin said a recent lawsuit ruled that a town had not actually opted out because it had not filed with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  Town Attorney Guy Krogh said it would be less costly to file with NYSERDA, and simpler that going through old records to see if the Town has already done so.

"If the Town wants to maintain the exemption, just to play it safe we should probably send a copy to NYSERDA," Krogh said. "I don't know what they'll do with it.  I think it will be killing trees needlessly, but that is apparently what the State mandates."

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posticon Underage Drinking Crackdowns Yield 271 Arrests

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the results Wednesday of joint efforts by the State Liquor Authority and the Department of Motor Vehicles to combat underage drinking. During this enforcement effort in the months of August, September and October, SLA sent underage decoys to 506 establishments, citing 141 for illegal sales to minors. In addition, DMV investigators arrested 271 people under the age of 21 attempting to use false identification to purchase alcohol.  44 arrests were made at two Ithaca bars.

"Underage drinking can lead to bad decisions and dangerous situations that can have lifelong consequences or needless tragedy," Cuomo said. "Through on-going enforcement efforts, we will continue to crack down on this dangerous behavior and target businesses that break the law by selling to minors and underage adults."

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posticon County Committee Recommends Marijuana Legalization Resolution

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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The Legislature's Public Safety Committee, after discussion, recommended that the Legislature take a stand in support of marijuana legalization in New York State. The measure won support by a unanimous 5-0 margin.

The resolution supports bringing an end to marijuana prohibition; the creation of a diverse and inclusive marijuana industry; the reinvestment of revenue from taxed and regulated marijuana in communities that were impact by the war on drugs; and passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). The proposed MRTA, through pending bills in the New York State Senate and Assembly, would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana by removing the substance from classification as an illicit drug under New York's Controlled Substances Act. An alternate version of the proposed resolution was recommended earlier by the Health and Human Services Committee, and the Legislature will have both versions before it when it considers the matter at its December 20 meeting.

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posticon Mitrano Thanks Her Supporters

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By - Print
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Horseheads - Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) issued a statement on her concession to Rep. Tom Reed in this year's Congressional race for New York's 23rd District. Reed's victory was announced shortly after 11:30 p.m., hours after the polls closed at 9 p.m.

With 100 percent of votes counted, Mitrano had received 92,175 votes to Reed's 108,244.

"Several minutes ago, I called Tom Reed to officially concede the race," Mitrano said. "I congratulated the Congressman on his victory, and expressed my hope that he would take into account the degree to which my messages—on healthcare, education, infrastructure, and the environment, in particular—resonated in this district.

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posticon $40 Million For Supportive Housing For Homeless New Yorkers

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday more than $40 million has been awarded for 11 supportive housing projects for homeless New Yorkers, including $3.7 million for Lakeview Health Service, Inc. in Ithaca. The projects will create a total of 276 supportive housing units for veterans, survivors of domestic violence and individuals with mental illness. The awards, made available through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, will help fund supportive housing projects in Albany, Bronx, Niagara, New York, Ontario, Suffolk and Tompkins counties.

"These projects will provide some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers with the resources they need to stabilize their lives," Cuomo said. "This administration is committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and to ending the homeless crisis once and for all."

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posticon $300,000 to Build Domestic Violence Shelter

News | Friday, November 09, 2018 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming announced Monday that she has secured $300,000 to allow Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes to build a domestic violence shelter in Seneca County. This has been a longtime priority of local advocates, law enforcement officers, and community leaders. This summer, Lori McConnell, of Waterloo, was murdered by her abuser. This tragic event highlighted the need for a local shelter. Helming has worked with Lori's children to deliver this critical funding and bring a shelter to our region.

"As a community we have come together and said enough is enough. We will not stay silent, and we will do everything possible to keep those who have been abused safe. To break the cycle of domestic violence, victims need a safe place they can go with their children to rebuild their lives. Our community pulled together after the murder of Lori McConnell, and as State Senator, I made a commitment to do everything possible to ensure that a shelter would be built to honor Lori's memory and to prevent future tragedy. The development of this shelter is a direct result of the work of so many people, including Lora Bennett and Ryan and Matthew VanDoren, the children of Lori McConnell; Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra; Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce; Undersheriff John Cleere; Chief Deputy Kipp Goodman; Safe Harbors Executive Director Marisa Rube; and Generations Bank CEO Menzo Case," Helming said.

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