Will Lansing Pursue a Fracking Ban With a State Ban In Place?

townhall 120A year and a half into a hydraulic fracturing moratorium the Town of Lansing began exploring a permanent fracking ban on December 3rd.  Acting on a recommendation from the Town Drilling Committee, the Town Board authorized the committee to meet with Town Attorney Guy Krogh to craft a document that the board may vote into law.  But after Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement Wednesday that he would support his commissioners' recommendation to ban fracking state-wide due to health risks, the board is faced with the question of whether a local ban is needed.

"It depends on whether or not you have faith that Albany is always solid and consistant in their decision making and doesn't change their mind as the wind blows, politics change, and cash through their front door," Krogh sardonically told the board.  "That pretty much answered the question for most of them.  Some of them will decide not to do anything and let the State take care of it.  I will leave that decision to this board."

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New York State Bans Fracking

Dec192014

New York State Bans Fracking

 

gaswell 120After years of uncertainty, local moratoriums and bans and a groundswell of opposition, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Wednesday that there will be no hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) in New York State.  New York will join Vermont and Hawaii in enacting a state-wide ban.  The recommendation was made by acting health commissioner Howard Zucker at a cabinet meeting called by Cuomo.

"I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York," said Zucker.  "I consider the people of the state of New York as my patients.  We cannot afford to make a mistake. The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not fully known."

Zucker said that he would not allow his own children to live near a fracking site.

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Transportation Study Prepares Lansing For Infrastructure Growth

trans 120You might think that the major thrust of development in Lansing is the Town Center, which appears to be on hold, at least for now.  But the fact is that hundreds of new living units have been proposed within the township, and some of them are under construction.  The focused, high density development in a town center that some people hope will reduce random development sprawl is not happening in Lansing.  Quite the opposite, in fact, considering nearly 20 proposals currently on the drawing board are going to mean increased traffic, congestion and accidents on Lansing roadways, especially throughout the southern part of the township (not including the Village).

Three members of a Cornell Design Connect team presented their findings from a two and a half month assessment of Lansing transportation issues to the Lansing Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Tuesday.  The study concludes that significant growth in the largely non-rural southern portion of the township will result in increased congestion and accidents if they are not addressed.  It recommended upgrades to town roads, pathways, and bicycle paths as part of a move to mitigate growing congestion.

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Update Issued On Ithaca Truck Safety Review

Dec192014
commons simeons120The Joint Work Group on Truck Safety met Wednesday and issued an update on their progress. The work group completed its review of the entire list of ideas generated to improve truck safety in Ithaca from all sources.  Ideas had come from the general public, the City of Ithaca and engineers and NYS State DOT.   A few items on the checklist have already been implemented, such as cutting of trees and brush near signs for greater visibility, and about sixteen replacement signs and three new signs are currently being put up.

The work group was formed after a truck crashed into Simeon's on the Ithaca Commons, killing Lansing woman Amanda Bush.  Bush was a bartender at the popular restaurant and pregnant at the time of her death.  the restaurant sustained major damage in the crash, which resulted in several customers and staff being hospitalized.  Simeon's owners announced in September that they intend to reopen the popular bistro.

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Ithaca Tompkins Airport Receives $120,000

Dec192014

Ithaca Tompkins Airport Receives $120,000

 

airport3 120Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that over $500,000 in State funding is being awarded to three Finger Lakes Region Airports, including the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, for aviation safety, security and economic development projects.

"Transportation infrastructure investment in the Finger Lakes is vital to our region's success," said Nozzolio. "This funding, which will provide crucial upgrades to some of the key airports in the region, will have a positive impact on our economy and tourism here in the Finger Lakes."

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County Legislature Highlights

Dec192014

County Legislature Highlights

 

tc leg120Legislature Requests Assistance to Seek State Reform on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
Expressing deep concern about the effects that a change in State Department of Health policy on non-emergency medical transportation has had on Tompkins County’s GADABOUT Transportation Services and other upstate demand response transit providers, the Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, is asking the State to consider the public benefit of such services. It requests that organizations including the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) advocate on behalf of Upstate counties and residents to work with the State to reform the current delivery of Medicaid transportation and adequately support community transportation services.  The Legislature notes that since the Department of Health last year began centralized scheduling of non-emergency medical transportation trips (usually via taxi), providers, including GADABOUT, have experienced “an immediate and continuing decline in ridership and revenue,” and that Tioga County’s entire public transportation system ceased to operate as a result of this change.

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New York To Test Health Care Quality, Accessibility And Affordability Plan

Dec192014

New York To Test Health Care Quality, Accessibility And Affordability Plan

 

doctorNew York will receive approximately $99.9 million to implement and test health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell announced Tuesday.

New York will adopt a tiered Advanced Primary Care (APC) model for primary care. This model will include behavioral and population health, and be complemented by a strong workforce and engaged consumers, with supportive payment and common metrics.

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