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September 14, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 35

posticon Lansing Schools Addresses Physical and Emotional Security

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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School Security

The national news is replete with tragic stories about school shootings.  In small rural districts like Lansing you don't expect such horror stories, but School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso told the Board of Education that doesn't mean the district isn't preparing for any eventuality.  In recent years all three school buildings have beeen reconfigured for security, including installation of security cameras, moving the main office to the main entrance of each building and tightening up visitor sign-in procedures, among many other measures.

"There is no way I'll ever say, 'We're secure, nothing's going to happen'," she said. "We've got to make sure we're always preventing and minimizing whatever situations will exist."

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posticon Osborne Wins Democratic Sheriff Primary

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By - Print
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Former Undersheriff Derek Osborne won yesterday's Democratic primary election with unofficial results putting him 2131 votes ahead of incumbent Sheriff Ken Lansing.  Lansing on the Independence Party line, will face off against Osborne again in November's general election.  Josh Brokaw will also be on the ballot on the Truthsayers line.

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posticon What's Next For Lansing School Capital Projects

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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As work is being completed on the 2018 Safety, Classrooms, and Facilities Improvement Project, Lansing school district residents may feel the capital project book is closing.  But the completion of this project is a chapter, not a book, and school officials are already planning projects to come.  The Board Of Education recently approved a resolution for a new capital project that will go before voters later this year.

"The District is considering undertaking a capital improvement project consisting of additions, renovations and improvements to the District's High School Building, Middle School Building, R.C. Buckley Elementary School Building, Technology Building, Bus Garage, Buildings and Grounds Building, and Former District Office Building, reconstruction of three existing tennis courts and the construction of a new fourth tennis court all located on the R.C. Buckley Elementary School Building campus, reconstruction of the R.C. Buckley Elementary School Building drop off area, all to include site, access, parking and playfield improvements, demolition, utility, mechanical, plumbing and electrical improvements, the acquisition of original furnishings, fixtures and equipment and payment of professional fees and all other necessary costs incidental to such work," the resolution reads.

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posticon NY National Guard To Help Hurricane Florence Impacted States

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that 50 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard are assembling at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach to assist in the response to Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to impact North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia beginning late Wednesday night with tropical force winds reaching 73 miles per hour. The team from 106th Rescue Wing will travel to Dover Air Force Base and some elements will depart from the base as early as this afternoon.

"New York knows first-hand the devastation that extreme weather can leave behind, and we stand ready to help those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence in any way we can," Cuomo said. "New Yorkers always help their neighbors in their time of need and just as we have stood shoulder to shoulder with Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida after last year's destructive storms, we will once again stand ready to lend a hand to our fellow Americans."

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posticon Over 200 NYS Clean Energy Communities

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Wednesday more than 200 communities across the state have earned the Clean Energy Community designation, completing more than 1,250 total high-impact clean energy actions. The designation recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy, all supporting the state's clean energy goals. The Clean Energy Community initiative advances the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York achieve the state's goal to supply 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

"New York is a national leader in combating climate change, and this significant milestone demonstrates that communities in every corner of this great state are committed to our efforts to create a more sustainable future," Cuomo said. "These 200 communities serve as a model for cities and towns across this state and this nation to reduce energy use and preserve our environment for generations to come."

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posticon $585 Million In Low-Cost Financing For School Districts

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approximately $585.2 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds has been issued through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York on behalf of 56 school districts, including almost $5.5 million for the Lansing Cdentral School District. This financing is the largest pooled school district issuance in DASNY history.

"New York is committed to providing students of all ages with an education that will help them reach their greatest potential," Cuomo said. "By modernizing academic facilities and learning environments across the state, we are supporting the next generation of leaders and laying the foundation for a stronger, more competitive Empire State."

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posticon Homeless Housing Services Provider Negotiations Authorized

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Following a detailed presentation from department administrators September 10th, the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee has given preliminary consent to the Department of Social Services' favored choice for a new provider of homeless housing services in Tompkins County.

The committee authorized the Department to begin negotiations with St. John's Community Services, which would begin to provide those services as of November 1st. The Department will next come back with a resolution seeking formal approval of a contract with St. John's, along with requested committee authorization for a necessary adjustment to the 2018 homeless services budget.

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posticon $1 Million In Funding For Climate Change Resiliency Plans

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that five counties will receive grants totaling $1 million to combat man-made climate change. The grants will be used to help the counties develop resiliency plans to better prepare for, and efficiently recover from severe weather events in an era of increased storm and severe weather risk.  The five counties awarded funding through the grant are: Albany, Genesee, Orange, Sullivan and Tompkins.

"With unpredictable weather becoming more and more frequent, we can't afford to wait for the next storm to happen before working to protect our communities and infrastructure," Cuomo said. "This funding will help counties across New York develop plans to prepare for future disastrous weather events and protect New Yorkers from some of the unpredictable ramifications of man-made climate change."

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posticon Health Insurance Consortium Grows to 35 Members

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By - Print
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The Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium began operations in 2011 with 13 Tompkins County local governments as its founding members.

At the August 23rd meeting of the Board of Directors, the Consortium welcomed the Villages of Freeville and Lansing. With that action, all Tompkins County local governments are now part of the Consortium. These villages are the 34th and 35th Consortium members of the Consortium, which also includes municipal partners from Cayuga, Cortland, and Chemung counties.

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posticon $1.054M Affordable Housing Grants For Ithaca

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Congressman Tom Reed announced two grants worth $1,054,874 Wednesday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide the city of Ithaca with funding to develop affordable housing.

“We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair access to quality housing,” Tom said. “This grant enables our communities to develop affordable housing and boosts jobs.”

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posticon Legislation Delivers Benefits For 9/11 Volunteers And Workers

News | Friday, September 14, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today legislation has been signed to extend the period for workers and volunteers to file a Notice of Participation for lost wage and medical benefits as a result of their involvement in the recovery and clean-up operations following September 11, 2001.

"It has been 17 years since the attacks of September 11 changed our world forever, and on that day and the weeks and months that followed, thousands of courageous workers and volunteers put their lives on the line to save others," Cuomo said. "We will never forget the selfless heroes who did not make it home that day, and we owe first responders and those who aided in the recovery effort an eternal debt of gratitude. This bill rightly and fairly provides 9/11's brave recovery workers and volunteers the time they need to receive the health benefits and compensation they deserve."

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