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September 9, 2016 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 12, Issue 35

posticon Neighbors Decry Village Rezoning Proposal

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Village of LansingThe Village of Lansing Hall was filled to capacity Monday as Trustees considered whether or not to begin a process that may change the zoning of a parcel on Bomax Road from a Business and technology district to High Density Residential zoning.  Over 50 residents crowded into the meeting room, and nearly 20 addressed the board, most in opposition to rezoning the property that is near their neighborhoods.

The proposal was prompted by a proposed 140-apartment project that Park Grove Realty, LLC has proposed for the property that is between residential neighborhoods developed by the late Ivar Jonson and his wife Janet (IJ Construction of Ithaca) and the business/technology zone that includes the Cornell Business and technology Park by the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

"If this was in your neighborhood, how would you feel?" demanded Lisa Bonniwell, Ivar and Janet's daughter.  "If you just bought a beautiful home and now they're considering putting an apartment complex a half mile away?  It is personal.  It's personal to each and everyone here.  That's why we are here, because this is something that should not happen."

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posticon Nozzolio Honored By Tompkins County Republicans

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Mike NozzolioTompkins County Republicans turned out in Lansing to honor outgoing New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio.  Fellow Senators Tom O'Mara and Jim Seward, U. S. Congressman Tom Reed, Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler, State Assembly candidate Herb Masser, and contenders for Nozzolio's Senate seat including Pam Helming and Floyd Rayburn were among the many Republicans to join Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne, who was Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

"Mike is known as a great political strategist," Seward said.  "That’s why he’s been a member of our State Senate Campaign Committee.  He’s been a great mentor for many, many candidates running for the State Senate, and has made the difference in many races to elect more Republican senators."

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posticon Where Have All The Trees Gone?

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Triphammer ApartmentsWhen it became clear that close to thirty trees were marked for removal at Triphammer Apartments, LLC (formerly Chateau Claire Apartments), residents were concerned.  Some called local newspapers, some called Tompkins County Legislator Dooley Kiefer, and some called the Village of Lansing.  The next day the trees, mostly willows, started coming down.

"The trees (many mature willows) distinguished this older apartment complex in the Village of Lansing from all the others in the county,” Kiefer said.

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posticon ios 10 and macOS - A First Look

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mac OS and iOSLast week iOS 10 arrived on a Wednesday, and only one day later it was already on 14% of devices.  That is pretty impressive when you consider that Apple celebrated the billionth iPhone sale last July.  As of Monday iOS 10 had been installed on over 34% of devices.  macOS Sierra  launched around 1:40pm Tuesday afternoon (EDT).  As always, your intrepid reporter was one of the first to download and install them both.

Apple is known for inter-connectivity among devices, so my expectation was that macOS would go all the way to integrate with iOS devices.  But it seems like the two programming groups didn't even share a lunchroom.  The Mac team didn't seem to be much interested in much besides Siri (Apple's voice assistant), while all the fun programmers seem to have been assigned to the mobile OS this time around.  Siri is big news in macOS, but it is old news in iOS.  So even if you are a big Siri fan, having her on your computer, while undeniably useful, feels like a bit of a yawn.

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