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February 16, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 7

posticon School Board Approves Veterans Tax Exemption

News | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Board Of Education Approved a veterans tax exemption Monday in a split 4-3 vote, becoming the second school district in Tompkins County to offer such a benefit.  While a property tax break for veterans has been discussed before, this is the first time Lansing has extended the benefit.  Wartime veterans will receive an exemption of 15% capped at $6,000. Combat zone vets will receive an additional 10%, capped at $10,000, and disabled veterans may receive as much as 50% with a $20,000 cap.

"I want to be very clear, and I think I speak for this whole board... there is nobody here who doesn't thank you for the service that you've given us," said School Board President Christine Iacobucci after Monday's public hearing on the exemption. "We honor you and we're so glad that you're here talking to us.  But what I think I hear is the Governor put us in front of you and said 'ask these people for the money' instead of forking over the money from the State.  That's the issue I think we're going to be grappling with when we vote on it."

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posticon Senior Housing at the Mall Hits a Wall

News | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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After what amounted to a 90 minute argument the Village of Lansing Planning Board voted that a new design for the Lansing Meadows senior rental housing project constitutes a major change to the Planned Development Area (PDA) that made building the residences a condition of constructing the BJ's Wholesale Club building in 2011.  A clearly frustrated planning board made it clear they would fight the current plan to build two apartment buildings on a small portion of the property, saying that it is nothing like the original plan they agreed to as a condition of building the commercial portion of the PDA.

"The concept that you originally sold the Planning Board on was that the residential component with wetland mitigation and a bird sanctuary -- I don't see any of that," Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer Adam Robbs. "I see a 12 unit complex on the west end and a pathway that runs from the west to the east end towards the commercial section.  There's nothing else.  The concept was an an entire community.  Now there's no community.  Now there's basically an apartment complex.  The expectation was the entirety of the property would be built on.  That's the part that's missing."

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posticon Helming Hosts Farm Brewery Roundtable

News | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Albany, NY - Senator Pam Helming, Senate Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, held a Farm Brewery Roundtable in Albany on Wednesday, January 31, drawing nearly 60 stakeholders from across New York to the State's capital. Those in attendance included members of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, including Assemblywoman Woerner, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick, and Assemblyman Palmesano, as well as Senator Amedore. Also in attendance were senior staff from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the State Liquor Authority, representatives of Cornell University, including Mike Stanyard from Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, the New York Farm Bureau, the New York State Brewers Association, as well as Jeff Trout of Poormon Farms in Waterloo, and other various brewers, maltsters, hops growers, and malting barley growers from across the state.

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posticon Helming Announces 4.8 Million to Improve Emergency Communications

News | Friday, February 16, 2018 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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State Senator Pam Helming announced millions in grant awards Tuesday to the six counties she represents to enhance emergency communications for police, fire, and EMS first responders. This funding will help local first responders expand their ability to communicate and respond more quickly to emergencies.

"At a time when natural disasters and emergency situations are becoming increasingly frequent and more severe, it is more important than ever that we do all we can to support our local law enforcement and first responders. Providing our counties with the necessary resources and most modern communication technology will allow them to respond as quickly as possible and will help keep our first responders safe as they do their work. These awards will help counties offset emergency radio upgrade expenses, saving local taxpayers money. Additionally, this funding will support critical upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology such as text messaging and improved GPS for emergency response. As State Senator, I will continue to fight every day to ensure that our first responders have the tools and support they need to keep our communities safe," Helming said.

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