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posticon Lansing Election - LaVigne, Benson, and Losey Win in Unofficial Results

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Election Day

According to the tallies from early voters and Election Day on Tuesday, Ed LaVigne (R)will serve a second term as Lansing Town Supervisor. Andra Benson (D) was also reelected, and newcomer Bronwyn Losey (D) will join the Town Board. Even though electronic voting has been instituted state-wide, the final count from this year's election will not be known for another week and a half or so. The reason is that votes coming by mail have not all arrived or been counted.

As it stands now incumbent Ed LaVigne (R) is 86 votes ahead of challenger Mike Koplinka-Loehr.  Andra Benson (D) and Bronwyn Losey (D) have the most votes for Town Council seats, with the spread between Losey and the next highest vote recipient, Judy Drake (R), is 93 votes.

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posticon Village Votes to Become Climate Smart Community

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Village of Lansing

The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution to become a Climate Smart Community Monday.  Before the vote Mayor Donald Hartill, who, two weeks ago, opposed the resolution as a "feel good resolution".  But after editing out all the 'whereas-es" in the example resolution affirming climate change and reducing emissions, Hartill proposed a stripped-down version.

"I think the real thing that needs to happen is to actually come forward with realistic, achievable, and affordable solution. Right. There's been very little that and a lot of conversation. That's really the solutions that are important.We have a sample resolution that's rather lengthy before us," Hartill said. "I would propose a rather simpler motion that the village of Lansing adopts the New York State Climate Smart Community Pledge, which comprises that list of 10 things and just very simple, straightforward, no agenda.  It's much simpler and it takes care of simply the 10 items."

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posticon Why the Cost of the Airport Expansion is So High

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Ithaca Tompkins Airport

When Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Lansing in May of 2018 to announce that New York State would be contributing $14.25 million, the airport was looking at a $24.7 million expansion and modernization project.  Early this year U.S. Senator Charles Schumer secured a $10 million grant, which seemed to fully fund the project.  Today the total stands at about $34 million, which means the airport has to come up with another $10 million.  Airport Manager Mike Hall says that none of the project cost will come from local (County) taxes.  Instead, a fee charged to the people who fly commercially will pay the additional money.

"We are allowed under a program called Passenger Facility Charges to charge the traveling public $4 a person," Hall says. "Not a huge amount of money in the grand scheme of things, but it adds up every hundred thousand people. The good news about this is it's a fee. A fee is a sort of a tax, but it's a tax on the people that are using the facility. It's a user fee, which is easier to justify than a County tax, countywide general income tax. I don't know how many people in the County travel by air, but it's no majority of them."

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posticon Fire Department Considers Diesel Exhaust Filters

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Fire Department

One of the problems with fire engines is that their diesel engines often have to be running inside the bays.  That poses a health problem for firefighters as they perform maintenance and checks on the large trucks.  Lansing Deputy Fire Chief Brad George presented two types of filtering systems to the Fire Commissioners Tuesday.  One would be installed in the fire station bays, with hoses running from the bay ceiling that clamp onto the exhaust pipes of trucks. The other installs on the trucks themselves to be come an in-line piece of the exhaust systems.

"They're two totally different systems" George said. "The one is the Plymovent system, the one where the actual hose and the fan and the exhaust and all that.  The Ward No Smoke is a filter system that actually goes on the diesel exhaust."

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posticon Storm System Approaches With Snow, Rain And Colder Temperatures

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged New Yorkers to prepare for difficult driving conditions and colder temperatures in the coming days as a storm system is forecasted to impact the state beginning Thursday. Rain and rain changing to snow are forecasted along with colder temperatures that, combined with advancing precipitation, may cause difficult travel in some spots. Higher elevations and lake effect areas could see up to six inches of snow, while lower elevations may only see an inch or less of snow and/or slush. Drivers should expect slippery conditions on roadways and travel with extreme caution. All New Yorkers are urged to practice safe behavior and heed any emergency orders from local officials.

"This storm is projected to create dangerous road conditions in many areas across the state, and we are going to provide all the necessary resources and work with local authorities to respond to any public safety concerns," Cuomo said. "I am urging drivers to be extra cautious and stay off the roads if possible to allow response vehicles to do their work quickly and effectively."

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posticon TCAT Bus Shelters Targeted By Vandals

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Patty Poist Print
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Over the past several weeks, vandals have smashed out several glass panels at six TCAT bus shelters causing inconvenience to riders and costing TCAT thousands of dollars to repair.  The recent criminal activity is also prompting TCAT to delay replacing older shelters with more modernized structures to avoid the risk of the new shelters becoming targets.

"We are really looking forward to providing our riders with new and improved shelters, but we don't want to risk those being damaged as well," said TCAT project manager Megan Pulver, who is overseeing TCAT's shelter replacement plan. "This is a disappointing to our customers who rely on the shelters to protect them from the elements while waiting for their buses."

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posticon Law Allows Lawsuits Against Polluters

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.3337C/A.5477C) Monday establishing a clear standard for commencement of an action by a public water supplier once pollution is detected in a public water supply. The three-year statute of limitations for public water and wholesale water suppliers to move forward with legal action against polluters resulting from contamination in a source of water supply will now run from:

  • The detection of a contaminate in the raw water of a well or plant intake sample point in excess of maximum levels set by the Department of Health or Environmental Protection Agency, or the date the contaminate is last detected in the raw water or plant intake sample point in excess of such maximum levels;or
  • The last wrongful act by a polluter contributing to the presence of the contaminant.

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posticon Hamas And Hezbollah Twitter Accounts Taken Down

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-23), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Max Rose (NY-11), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) announced that Twitter suspended content affiliated with Foreign Terrorist Organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah, from its platform.  Twitter's action follows the bipartisan group's October 22, 2019, letter demanding the company stop blatantly violating U.S. law, to immediately change their policy, and to remove all content from Foreign Terrorist Organizations and affiliated profiles, including Hamas and Hezbollah, by November 1st.

"This is a win for America, our allies in the Middle East, and freedom around the world. There is no fair reason to allow terrorist organizations to use Twitter to spread their hate and threaten the people we care about around the globe," said Reed (NY-23).

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posticon Legislation Requires Death Certificates to Specify Opioid Overdose

News | Friday, November 08, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.1668/A.4915) Tuesday requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose specify which opioid was involved in the death, if known. This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis.

"New York has taken the most aggressive actions to combat the opioid crisis of any other state in the country," Cuomo said. "This commonsense law will go a great length to ensure we have the most accurate information to be able to stop this public health scourge once and for all."

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