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posticon Town Comprehensive Plan Ready For Review

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Dan VeanerPrintEmail
Lansing Comprehensive PlanAfter nearly four years Lansing's Comprehensive Plan update is ready for the community to review.  Officials say the plan is not a major change to the vision of Lansing presenting in the last update, but breaks out statistics and recommendations for agriculture, infrastructure, transportation, land use, development, natural resources, sustainability, economic development, tourism, housing, neighborhoods, and parks and recreation.

"The draft plan has been put into binders," reported Comprehensive Plan Committee Chair Connie Wilcox at a Town Board meeting Wednesday.  "There's a copy in the Town Clerk's office.  There's a copy in the Planning Office and at the (Lansing Community) Library, and I dropped one off at the Village office.  It is also available online.  I think it's a good plan.  It's pretty broad and that's what we needed."

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posticon Village Zoning Change Could Bring 140-Unit Apartment Project

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Dan VeanerPrintEmail
lansingapts120Village of Lansing officials will consider rezoning a parcel on Bomax Drive to accomodate a proposed 140-unit apartment complex, just west of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.  Park Grove Realty, LLC partner Andrew Bodewes asked officials at a joint meeting of the  Board of Trustees and Planning Board Monday to rezone a 20 acre parcel from business use to residential.  He brought Passero Associates' Jess Sudol and former Cornell Real Estate Operations President Tom LiVigne to explain the project and why a zoning change makes sense for the Village.

"There has not been anything new of this type built in this community and this county in a while," Bodewes said.  "We think, in this location, it makes a lot of sense."

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posticon County Issues Water Advisory

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Frank Kruppa – Tompkins County Public Health DirectorPrintEmail
water2 120As a result of the prolonged period of low rainfall, the New York State Department of Conservation has issued a drought “watch” for all of New York State. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought conditions.

Municipal Water Users on Surface Water: Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek, which supply drinking water to Cornell University and the City of Ithaca, are at record low levels. Precipitation from March through June is the lowest on record for Ithaca. Limited water restrictions have been issued for those users on the Cornell water distribution system. The distribution systems for Cornell, the City of Ithaca and the Southern Cayuga Intermunicipal Water Commission (SCLIWC), commonly called Bolton Point, allow drinking water to be transferred between water systems; however, Bolton Point is already near peak production.  

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posticon Airport Announces Runway Reopening

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Marcia E. LynchPrintEmail
airport5 120The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport plans to open at 12 noon on Friday, July 22nd  completing a two week closure to resurface the runway.  The first landing will be made by local business man and pilot, Larry Baum, founder of the Computing Center and long-time member of the Air Services Board. Baum will be piloting  a 1979 Aerostar 601P/600P that he and fellow pilot Mike Newman have owned together since 1996. The plane is a six-passenger pressurized twin-engine aircraft, which is powered by two 350hp turbocharged air-cooled engines.

Airport officials say County Airport operations, Suit-Kote, and C&S Engineering collaborated with three airlines, Taughannock Aviation, East Hill Flying Club, the airport tower, and all airport tenants to complete the project a day ahead of schedule.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Marcia E. LynchPrintEmail
tc leg120Funding Accepted to Support Law Enforcement Shared Services Data Project
The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Jim Dennis was excused) authorized the County to accept a total of $31,800 from the City of Ithaca, and Villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Groton, and Trumansburg to support data conversion of municipal police department records to county’s Spillman computer-aided dispatch/records management system.  Records going back to 1999 have been hosted by Tompkins County Information Technology Services (ITS) in the New York State Spectrum Justice System (SJS), which is no longer supported by the State, and County servers used to host the application are over seven years old and scheduled to be retired.  The conversion has been identified by the Tompkins County Law Enforcement Shared Services (LETSS) group as a top priority for 2016.
 
Tompkins County ITS will serve as project manager for the data conversion, and has contracted with White Box Technologies, to perform the data conversion project.  There will be no County cost; the municipalities are funding the project expense—80% from the City of Ithaca, and 5% from each of the villages.
 

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posticon Seven Republicans Compete for Nozzolio's State Senate Seat

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Joe Geiger Campaign and Star StaffPrintEmail
Joe GeigerJoe GeigerJoe Geiger announced his candidacy for the NY State Senate 54th District Seat being vacated by Mike Nozzolio at a series of press conferences on Sunday.  The District includes portions or all of Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins counties.

Geiger is one of seven candidates vying to be the Republican candidate in November's general election.  Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming received the Republican Party endorsement in May, beating out a dozen candidates.  Businessman Floyd Rayburn immediately announced he would challenge Helming in the September 13 primary, and he filed the required signatures by the July 14 deadline.  Geiger has also filed, along with Cayuga County businessman Bobby Massarini, retired Greece police officer Jon Ritter, Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow, and Sean T. Hanna, who previously served in the New York State Assembly.

On the Democrat's side two candidates will run in the primary.  Geneva City Supervisor Charles Evangelista will challenge Rose Town Supervisor Kenan Baldridge, who won the Democratic Party endorsement.

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posticon Rayburn State Senate Campaign Leads in Fundraising

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Rayburn CampaignPrintEmail
rayburn inmyers120Republican Floyd Rayburn, candidate for NYS Senate 54th district, has jumped out to a big lead in cash on hand for the race that looks like it will have seven republicans vying for the GOP voters’ endorsement.

Rayburn reported Friday he has almost $185,000 in cash on hand for the race.  Only two other candidates are reporting any cash on hand for the race with the closest having less than $20,000 in the bank.  Most of the candidates either filed saying they have no money for the race while two of the candidates haven’t set up campaign accounts yet.  The bulk of the all the candidates cash who filed came from the candidates themselves.

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posticon Tax Cap Remains Below One Percent In 2017

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By NYS Comptroller's OfficePrintEmail
school busses120Property tax levy growth for local governments will be capped at 0.68 percent for 2017, decreasing slightly from 2016, when it was 0.73 percent, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The latest inflation figure affects the tax cap calculations for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year (Jan 1. – Dec. 31) – which includes all counties, towns, fire districts, 44 cities and 10 villages.

"In what is becoming the norm, New York's local governments must cope with extremely limited growth for property taxes to stay within the tax cap," said DiNapoli. "Low inflation has positive effects for consumers, but it also reflects an uncertain economic environment. Local officials have faced growing fixed costs and limited budget options for years, but 2017 will necessitate even tougher financial choices."

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posticon Federal Highway Funding Fueling Local Projects

NewsFriday, July 22, 2016By Office of Congressman Tom ReedPrintEmail
capitalbuilding 120Tom Reed applauded the start of construction projects throughout the region. The move comes in the wake of the passage of the first long-term federal funding bill for roads and bridges in a decade.

"It's great to see the road and bridge projects get underway across the Southern Tier, Western New York and the Finger Lakes," said Reed. "It's only right that we ensure our local roads and bridges are maintained and we will continue to fight for our fair share of federal highway funding because these improvements mean jobs right here at home."

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