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April 21, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 16
[---- Lansing, NY Alert! ----]
April 25 - Community Party Candidates Sweep Village Election

Donald Hartill has won his 11th term as Mayor with 243 votes to Lisa Bonniwell's 79. The two Trustee seats were also won by incumbents Ronny Hardaway (236) and Pat O'Rourke (243). John A. LaVigne received 81 votes, and Gregory Eells 84.

posticon "Pissed Off Supervisor" Accuses County of Interference

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edlavigne goingitalone20170419Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne gave an impassioned speech Wednesday on the power plant tax impact and his view on the County interfering in Lansing's welfare. "You've got one pissed off supervisor on your hands now", he said.
Read County Legislator Martha Robertson (who chairs the EEDTF) response by clicking here. "Tompkins County is committed to all our residents and all our towns, villages, and school districts," she says.
LaVigne says Lansing is going it alone in the wake of power plant devaluation

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne gave an impassioned speech Wednesday on the impact of a new reduction of assessed value in the new Cayuga Power Plant PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) agreement, recently negotiated between plant officials and the Tompkins County IDA (Industrial Development Agency).  LaVigne told the Town Board that the negotiated plant value, most recently at $60 million has been reduced to $35 million.  LaVigne said it will decrease to $25 million next year, then to $20 million in the third year, and added that there is no certainty that it will maintain its $20 million value beyond that time.  LaVigne said that the reality of the plant closing will impact Lansing property taxpayers.

"All those people who wanted to have a dead power plant, you've got it," he said.  "If that's the case, good luck with your taxes, because you know what?  Five years ago that power plant was $150 million dollars.  What other community can keep the level of our schools and our town and take a whack like that?  So Michael (Lansing Planning Consultant Michael Long) and I went to the PSC, and you've got one pissed off supervisor on your hands now."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteAlgerine Road was probably named for an Algerine, or one who acted 'like an Algerine pirate', referring to the Barbary pirates from Algiers on Africa's North Coast. The use of this term in Lansing surely implied that the people living on Algerine Road were thought to act illegally. Before the road took the name Algerine, it was known as Cooney.
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posticon Village of Lansing Election Overview

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The polls open at noon Tuesday, April 25th at the Village of Lansing Office.  Voting remains open until 9pm
Most years the Village of Lansing elections have been uncontroversial, with Community Party candidates running uncontested and going on to do the business of the Village.  This year a disagreement about rezoning a plot of land on Bomax Road set off the nearby neighborhood (see article links below) sparked the formation of the Village of Lansing Preservation Party, which got enough signatures to get its three candidates on the ballot.

All six candidates graciously agreed to talk to the Lansing Star, each answering more or less the same ten questions.  Click on a candidate's picture to read the interviews to read about how their answers on important Village issues differ (Trustee interviews were published last week.  All six are now available by clicking the pictures below).

Community Party Preservation Party
ve hartill300 Lisa Bonniwell
Ronny HardawayPat O'Rourke Greg EellsJohn LaVine

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posticon Lansing Town Sewer - It's Back!

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Lansing Sewer

The Lansing Town Board Wednesday approved a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights that will bring sewer infrastructure as far north as Asbury Road.  The memorandum basically agrees that Town Sewer District #1 will transport its effluent to the Cayuga Heights Sewer treatment plant via Village of Lansing sewer pipes.  Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the non-binding agreement is an 'agreement to agree on agreeing to agree' on services that will initially allow a new sewer on North Triphammer Road to service two new developments and the RINK/the FIELD.  But LaVigne says that only people or businesses that want sewer will pay for it, and it should have no impact on homeowners who don't want to hook up.

"If a pipe goes by your house there will be no increase of assessed value," he said.  "I got that directly from (Tompkins County Assessment Office Director) Jay Franklin.  So your taxes will not go up because of increased assessed value if you have a sewer pipe by your house.  If you have access to sewer, you would basically buy into it."

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posticon Mall Senior Housing Agreement May Mean Summer Construction

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The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees Monday voted to set a public hearing time on a proposed amendment to the Lansing Meadows PDA (Planned Development Area). The amendment represents a compromise between the Trustees and the Village Planning Board that, if passed May 1st, will mean that senior housing at the Ithaca Mall will finally become a reality after six years of delays.

"I sat in on the Planning Board meeting a week ago," Mayor Donald hartill told the Trustees. "We now have a consensus so we can go forward. "

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posticon Bobcats Varsity Baseball Defeats Moravia Devils

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An early lead helped the Lansing Bobcats Varsity Baseball defeat the visiting Moravia Devils 5-3 on Monday. Lansing scored on a single by Griffen Nelson in the first inning, a double by Garrett Bell in the first inning, and a double by Nelson in the second inning.

Lansing took an early lead in the first inning when Griffen Nelson singled on a 2-2 count in the first inning, scoring two runs.

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Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca has expanded its program this year to include Trail Talks, a series of fliers sent home with students after each KDT! trip designed to encourage family conversations.

The idea came after professional development sessions for teachers in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) on facilitating positive home-school communication. "The KDT! Ithaca Advisory Committee considered ways we could better connect our trips to students' families," said Randi Beckmann, Teacher Liaison for KDT! Ithaca. "We came up with the idea of 'chat packs', later called Trail Talks, which would be sent home on the day of the trip to prompt family communication about their KDT! experiences."

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