Sold! Cayuga and Somerset Power Plants Under New Ownership

aescayuga plant120On May 17th Riesling Power LLC announced it has purchased the Cayuga and Somerset power plants from Upstate New York Power Producers, Inc.  The sale follows a tumultuous fight plant owners ultimately lost to get state Public Service Commission (PSC) approval for a plan to repower the coal-fired Lansing plant with natural gas.

"We are pleased to have finalized the acquisition of Somerset and Cayuga," said Nazar Khan, Executive Vice President of Beowulf Energy.  "We have already begun the process of integrating both plants and their highly-valuable professionals into our company and look forward to ensuring they continue to support the long-term energy needs of New York."

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Public Meeting Scheduled on New Village Park

May262016

Public Meeting Scheduled on New Village Park

 

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The Village of Lansing has scheduled a public meeting to be held during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The 30-minute, public meeting will start at 7:45 pm and will allow residents of the Village to provide input into the new public park to be developed between Dart Drive and Northwoods Road.

The Village’s Greenway Committee is seeking input from residents to guide the new park’s layout and equipment installation to make the park family friendly while preserving as much natural habitat as possible. To provide input into the park’s design, please plan to attend the June 6 meeting.
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Lansing Passes Fund Balance and Reserve Policies

May272016
townhall 120The Lansing Town Board approved a Fund Balance Policy and the Reserve Policy that will help town officials plan future major purchases and projects, while insuring there is money to spare for emergencies.  The Town currently has about $3 million of spare cash.  That will now be allocated among several reserve funds, while some is kept available to handle emergencies.  Lansing Supervisor Ed says the policy is quite conservative when compared to state guidelines, but will be reviewed and adjusted as needed annually.

"Those policies are critical as far as guidance for the future," LaVigne says.  "We have the Fund Balance Policy and the Reserve Policy so that when we close the books next year we'll evaluate to see if there is any money left over, and, if so, where it should go.  If we don't have money left over we can make adjustments to cut back or see where we need to find money."

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Helming Wins Republican Endorsement For State Senate

May272016
helmingCanandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming was endorsed Wednesday by Republican Committees in  the 54th Senate District as their candidate to fill NYS Senator Mike Nozzolio's seat when he retires at the end of this term.  Helming won the endorsement after five rounds of voting by over 300 Republican committee members from the six counties within the district.  Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler (Lansing), who worked hard to obtain the endorsement, says he is now deciding whether to challenge Helming in a primary election.

"I'm now deciding whether or not to (run in a) primary or not," Sigler said.  "It was an interesting experience.  I didn't expect to make it off the first ballot, seeing as Lansing is 3% of the district, and I didn't.  I congratulate Pam on her win last night.  I believe the process did make the dozen or so candidates stronger."

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2016-17 School Budget Passes With 81% Approval

May272016
school busses12081% of voters approved all three proposals, including the $28,047,000 budget last week, and elected three school board members.  The budget vote was 436 to 103, with even higher voter approval for bus purchases (446-91) and the creation of a capital reserve (441-96).

Three board seats were open, each term a different length due to the resignations of two board members whose families moved out of Lansing.  Aaron Thompson will fill the longest term, having received the highest number of votes (448).  Susan Tabrizi (385) and current Board President Christine Iacobucci (373) will fill the second and third longest terms.

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Public Safety Committee Recommends Funding for Jail Reentry Program

tc jailThe Public Safety Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, recommended allocating $100,000 from the Contingent Fund to the Department of Probation and Community Justice to implement a reentry plan for inmates of the Tompkins County Jail.  The reentry plan, advanced by the County's Criminal Justice/Alternatives to Incarceration Board (CJATI) after more than a year of intensive study, was presented to the committee last month.

Following up a larger review in 2014 of the County's broad range of alternatives-to-incarceration services, CJATI's Reentry Subcommittee last fall had recommended that a more robust and coordinated reentry program be developed, to help released inmates access the county's many services and ease their transition back into the community, contributing to reduced rates of recidivism.  As part of the 2016 budget, the Legislature set aside $100,000 in ongoing "target" contingent funding to be available for specific program accounts upon receipt of a defined reentry plan from CJATI.

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Ithaca College Full-time Contingent Faculty Form Union

May272016

Ithaca College Full-time Contingent Faculty Form Union

 

icContingent full-time faculty at Ithaca College (IC) have voted yes to join the national Service Employees International Union (SEIU)/Faculty Forward.  The victory shows growing momentum for college faculty forming unions in New York, following the success of part-time faculty at IC last May and full-time and part-time contingent faculty at Wells College in January.

IC contingent full-time faculty will join SEIU Local 200United as part of Faculty Forward.  The victory was overwhelming.

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Energy and Economic Development Task Force Report Presented

May272016
commons aerial120The Legislature's Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee received a briefing on the Draft Report of the Tompkins County Energy and Economic Development Task Force, from Task Force chair Charlie Trautmann and Martha Armstrong, Vice President of Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD).  The briefing came shortly before a public input session on the report. The Task Force is inviting public input on the draft, with comments due by May 27.

The Energy and Economic Development Task Force is comprised of local business leaders, government officials, and environmental advocates brought together by Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) at the request of County Legislature Chair Mike Lane.  The group has studied ways to advance the County's greenhouse gas emission goals over the next five years while supporting the growth of jobs and the economy.  Having met 16 times since June of last year, Mr. Trautmann told the committee the group has "worked very, very hard" in what has been "a very grassroots community-based effort."

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Senate Passes Heroin And Opioid Bills

May272016

Senate Passes Heroin And Opioid Bills

 

albany2 120Senator Michael F. Nozzolio announced the State Senate has enacted a package of 22 bills, which take a comprehensive approach to fighting the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis in New York. The measures are among the recommendations from a report released by the Senate's Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction of which Nozzolio is a current member and former Vice Co-Chair. The recommendations reflect the need for improving prevention efforts, increasing access to treatment, expanding recovery options and, providing greater resources to law enforcement to aid in combating this crisis.

The Task Force created a four-pronged approach – focusing on prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement – that was used in developing the legislative and budgetary recommendations after extensive collaboration with stakeholders at forums in communities across the state.

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Reed Supports Veterans Bills

May272016

Reed Supports Veterans Bills

 

capitalbuilding 120Congressman Tom Reed supported a series of bills this week, aimed at making it easier for veterans to receive the care they need and deserve.

"As Memorial Day approaches, it's only right that we remember the sacrifices of our fallen heroes. We are forever grateful, and to honor their legacy, it is critical we stand with the veterans that are still with us," said Reed.

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