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posticon Lansing Representatives Tour Cayuga Salt Mine

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Salt Mine TourMine Manager Shawn Wilczynski (left) takes Lansing Town officials on a tour of the mine. Mine tour photos courtesy of Mike Sigler

Lansing Town officials went 2,300 feet below ground as they toured the Cayuga Salt Mine Friday (9/11), and New York State Senator Pamela Helming toured the mine Tuesday.  Mine officials offered the tour in the hope that it would help them understand the health and safety issues motivating the construction of a new 2,500 foot deep mine shaft about seven miles north of the mine's existing lakefront above-ground facility. 

"The Town of Lansing and Cargill have a long-standing partnership and to that end, Cargill is committed to maintaining an open and transparent dialogue about our work at the mine," said Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski. "We hosted the tours as an opportunity for elected Town of Lansing officials and Senator Helming to visit the mine so they could see our facility, ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of why the #4 shaft is vital for the safety and health of our employees."

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posticon Legislature Supports Lansing Compressor Project

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By - Print
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Natural Gas Compresser nd Moratorium

The Tompkins County legislature unanimously voted to support a New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) petition to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting permission to construct a pressure-boosting compressor station project to address safety, pressure, and reliability issues for current natural gas customers in the Lansing area.

"It's not a matter of should we do it or should we not do it.  NYSEG has put our town in a dangerous situation -- that is according to them," Legislator (Lansing) Mike Sigler said at a Wednesday evening town Board meeting.  "That's in their paperwork.  The compressor would increase the pressure to the existing system, so when it gets below 20 degrees the problem is everybody's using gas and the pressure falls dangerously low.  They are trying to solve that problem, frankly a problem that should have been solved before it became an issue."

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posticon Supervisor Says Outlook is Positive For Town Finances

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Financial Outlook

Town Board members accepted a tentative $4,911,788 2018 budget Wednesday.  Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the fiscal outlook for the Town this year is good, despite the continuing devaluation of Lansing's largest taxpayer, the Cayuga Power Plant.  he said new building and a rise in Lansing's overall assessment means the Town will receive more tax revenue this year while maintaining a low tax rate rise.

"We're in a good spot in my opinion," LaVigne told board members.  "We took a $25 million hit with the power plant, but we still went up $11 million total on the other side.  What that means is that the tax rate is 1.49 and we've got $16,000 to play with.  It's not a windfall.  It's not huge.  What it does mean, though, is we keep our expenses within range, our fund balance this year we used $202,000 to front-load it (reduce the tax levy).  Last year it was $215,000.  At the end of the year all the fund balances went up."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislature Urges Passage of New Federal 'Dream Act'
The Tompkins County Legislature, without dissent, urged the United States Congress to pass the new bipartisan-supported "Dream Act of 2017," to prevent the revocation of legal status from immigrant youth protected under the five-year-old Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—an action it states will "strengthen the fabric of our economy and country." Earlier this month, President Trump ordered an end to the DACA program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The "Dream Act of 2017," introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators including New York's Chuck Schumer, would establish a road to lawful permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship for about 800,000 registered DACA individuals.

Legislator Anna Kelles, who drafted the resolution, noted that she doesn't typically like the Legislature to pass a lot of resolutions urging action on national issues, but in this case felt this very important. Ms. Kelles said she's hoping Tompkins County's support, when combined with those of other local governments, will create a push for action at the national level.

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posticon Helming Highlights Emergency Management Money

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming's Office Print
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Senator Pamela A. Helming (R,C,I-Canandaigua) is pleased to learn that the six counties that comprise the 54th New York State Senate District all received federal funding as part of an overall effort to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts throughout New York State. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Homeland Security Grant Program provides the $52 million State Homeland Security Program and the $7.5 million Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.

The money supports activities such as planning, organization, and training for prevention, protection, response, and recovery. The grants cover exercises and training for first responders, equipment purchases, and other capabilities.

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posticon Next Steps In Federal Insulin Price Inquiry

News | Friday, September 22, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC – The co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Tom Reed (R-NY), Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) are taking next steps in their inquiry into the rising price of insulin after meetings during the past two months with stakeholders at major trade associations and in the diabetes community.

These steps include, first, working with the Food and Drug Administration on developing lower cost, biosimilar versions of insulin. Reps. Reed and DeGette also sent a letter to the Endocrine Society seeking input from endocrinologists on insulin prescribing practices.

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