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June 15, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 23

posticon Town Struggles With Flag Policy

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Prompted by a request to fly a LGBTQ flag in front of the Town hall to celebrate Pride Month this month, the Lansing Town Board struggled to come up with an objective policy that would allow positive, supportive messages while preventing hate groups from being permitted to fly their own flags there.  Board members said they wanted to support all Lansing citizens, but were concerned about possible liability if one group's flag were approved and another denied.

"How do we go about this and protect the Town?" asked Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne "If you do it for one how do you do it for the other.  To me it's not about this issue, it's about the policy.  If we come up with a policy that is generic and concise, how do we go about that so that we show we are a loving, caring, inclusive community?  If we allow it for one, I don't want a hate group come in and say 'we want to put our flag up also'."

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posticon Lansing Gets a Look at Airport Improvements

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport

Tompkins County got the news that the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport will become the Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport before the end of next year, when Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the airport May 3rd to announce that New York State would contribute $14.25 million toward the project.  The three big pieces were that the terminal would be significantly expanded, that a 5,000 square foot US Customs facility would be added, and a new State DOT facility would be built adjacent to the airport.  The Lansing Community Library Program Committee and the Lansing Democrats co-hosted Airport Manager Mike Hall Tuesday, who gave a presentation on what that will look like.

"If you want to understand the new terminal puff out your cheeks and stick out your tongue," Hall quipped. "We're expanding the baggage area significantly.  There will be more room (at the check-in counters).  When you get back to Security, there are going to be two lines.  There will be a priority check line for those people who travel frequently and have been cleared.  That will help process people through more quickly.  Then there's going to be a departure concourse with six gates.  We have six gates right now, but they're ground gates with one jet-bridge.  Now we're going to have four jet-bridges and two ground gates.  We need the ground gates because there's always the possibility that we'll get small airlines here."

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posticon TCAT Considers New Lansing Routes

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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TCAT Considers New Lansing Routes

Lansing riders were at the Town Hall Wednesday to share their ideas about bus service in Lansing.  Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) representatives held the second of two meetings to talk about possible route changes and a potential addition of service to the Town in the middle of the day.

"This has been on my to-do list for a while as we've seen development occurring in Lansing," says TCAT Service Development Manager Matt Yarrow. "I've been talking with other staffers about it for a while.  We haven't been getting a ton of service requests, but we're starting to get more of them.  The Village Solars is really a large project that is pulling a lot of weight here.  We are experiencing some development in Lansing.   With that comes the opportunity to see if service could be designed that would be utilized in the middle of the day.  It doesn't have to run in the same alignment as the current routes.  We're open to trying to figure out what would be most appreciated and most used.  We understand a lot of those folks are trying to get to Cornell and aren't happy with what's here now."

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posticon Bill Supports Youth Involvement in Fire Departments

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming announced Wednesday that the New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill that she sponsors to promote youth involvement in local fire departments. The measure (S.2571) would create youth programs that facilitate a learning experience for our young adults interested in the firefighting field.

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posticon Diabetes Caucus Celebrates Modernization To Medicare Coverage

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Congressional Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs Tom Reed (R-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) today celebrated a policy change that the caucus had long advocated to modernize Medicare coverage: The federal government will now permit coverage of costs for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) by patients who track their data using smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that coverage of CGM supplies would be allowed for people who link them to smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices to share data and alerts with other people.

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posticon Health Insurance Consortium Releases 2017 Annual Report

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium Print
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The Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium was formed in 2010 under Article 47 of NYS Insurance Law. Article 47 is the only pathway for small employers (less than 50 FTE's) to participate in self-funded, self-insured risk pools which have much lower premiums than they are currently paying.

This action alone saves taxpayers significant sums of money. The Consortium is currently the only Article 47 entity authorized in NYS as a cooperative of towns, villages, cities, and counties.

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posticon County Gun Buyback Yields 40 Guns

News | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Tompkins County Sheriff's Office Print
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The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with County Legislators and the District Attorney's Office, held a Gun Buyback Event on Saturday, June 9th. This event was designed to allow community members to voluntarily turn firearms in for a cash value; in a safe environment. Some community members are faced with the task of disposing of old firearms, but are unaware of the options for doing so in a safe manner; this event is an outlet for such a situation.

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