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February 24, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 8

posticon Town Plans To Sell Land... Take Two

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Town Land For Sale

In 2013 the Town of Lansing issued a RFP (Request For Proposals) to developers interested in building on 156 acres of town-owned land that borders Route 34, across the street from the Town Hall and ball fields.  Four proposals were submitted, and three of them were deemed to fit together to fit a concept of what the Town had developed as a potential future town center.  The developers were willing to build the infrastructure, including a package plant to handle sewage, roads, water mains, lighting, and so on.  Then, for some reason, the fairly detailed concept plans one of which included a purchase proposal, faded away.  Nothing happened for years until this January when the Town issued a new,  24 page RFP.

"A lot of times 'RFP' would stand for 'Request For proposals'," says Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne.  "This time it's more or a 'Request For Purchase'."

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteJunior Prom 1959 - The Junior Prom on May 16 was a successful event with the Esquires supplying the the music to the theme, "Apple Blossom Time".  The gym was decorated with two-toned pink and white colored streamers reaching from the top of the gym to the sides, with a pool of water in the center of the dance floor which contained apple blossoms and a revolving reflecting light. Around the outside of the gym were tables with apple blossoms and a candle on each table. Joyce Barron was crowned queen.
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posticon County Prevents Citizenship Status Questioning

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The Tompkins County Legislature followed in the footsteps of the Ithaca Common Council Tuesday, when they passed its 'Public Safety for All' Resolution, a resolution similar to Ithaca's 'Sanctuary City' resolution that passed three and a half weeks ago. More than 20 citizens spoke on the issue before the vote was taken, most speaking in favor of the measure. The resolution passed 11-2.  The resolution says that no County employees may stop or question individuals based solely on immigration status, honor 'detainer requests' by federal agents, or respond to federal requests for information related to immigration status unless a judicial warrant is presented.  It prevents County law enforcement officers from requesting proof of citizenship, and requires annual reports of county departments, with personal information stripped from the aggregated statistics.

"We are the best county in what I think is the best state," said Legislature Chair Michael Lane. "We look at the people who come to us from other countries as a resource—they are so much a part of what we have here…We don't build walls in Tompkins County; we open our hearts…We want people to know that they are safe here."

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Last Thursday, Congressman Reed met with protesters holding a sit-in at his Ithaca district office. It was his first stop after arriving back in his district after meeting with President Trump in the morning in D.C. regarding the President's agenda.

"Even if we hold differing opinions on major issues, I look to find common ground so that we can create sound policy that will benefit all people who live in our district," said Reed. "Having these types of conversations is what democracy looks like, I will always be here to listen and find an area in which we can agree."

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posticon Power In, Power Out - The Future of Electricity Comes To Tompkins County

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NYSEG is launching the Energy Smart Community in large portions of Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca.  Last week we took a look at an energy future for consumers that will be up and running in Tompkins County this summer.  This week we look at how the upgrades will facilitate alternative power sources like solar and wind power generation.
Power is generated at a big plant somewhere.  It is hooked up to a grid of wires with various switches and devices to provide an even flow of electricity, which goes through a meter and into your house so when you flip a switch in the wall, a light turns on.  All you have to care about it the switch and the light.  But a move away from centralized power plants to electricity generating facilities that can be as small as a solar panel or two on your roof, coupled with the high price of energy means change from that one way system -- power plant to grid to house -- will have to morph into a system that can accept power from just about anywhere, use it locally or push it back into the grid, plus provide data to help manage the flow that is now coming from multiple sources including solar panels, wind generators and batteries.

"We now have to plan for both load in a very different world, and we also need to provide information back out to the market on 'hosting capascity: based on how the grid is configured, where are good places to put more larger scale solar (not residential level - 2MW and above)," says Avangrid (NYSEG's parent company) spokeswoman Susan Mann.  "The grid wasn't designed to handle this.  It wasn't designed to handle two-way power flows, these fluctuations that are now happening as solar comes on and off, depending on the clouds moving over an area -- all the power quality issues that raises.  And yet it's an imperative.  New York State has got some very clear policy goals around trying to decarbonize our energy infrastructure."

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Lansing HS Art at the AirportA traveller views Lansing High School student art

For most people the airport is the gateway to a destination.  But right now the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport itself is a destination for art lovers.  Student work from Lansing High School and TST BOCES are on display in the terminal.  The exhibit went on display this month and will continue through the end of March

"It's a great venue, because we're really exposing our students and our community to people from all over the world," says TST BOCES art teacher Katrina Binkewicz.  "And it's exciting for the kids.  With technology as it is I can take pictures of the show and put it on a big screen, and it's like visiting the art gallery... their art gallery, as well as other art galleries around the country as part of their curriculum."

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