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posticon Cree Or Wetmore - Lansing Election Still Uncertain

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Joe Wetmore, Robert CreeJoe Wetmore (left), Robert Cree

First Cree was leading by 12 votes.  Then Wetmore was on top by 2 votes.  With such a close margin the outcome of last week's Lansing Town Board election is anything but certain.  Robert Cree (R, I) Doug Dake (R, I) Joe Wetmore (D, G), and Walaa Maharem-Horan (D, L) competed for two board seats last Tuesday, and while Dake received enugh votes to insure a second term, the margin of votes between incumbent Cree and challenger Wetmore was too close to call.

"Dake has clearly won and Maharem-Horan has clearly finished fourth, so it's just a question of who finishes second," says Democratic Tompkins County Board of Elections Commissioner, Stephen Dewitt.  "We're still counting all the absentee ballots that have been filed all through the county.  We convened last Thursday (November 9th) and opened approximately 185 absentee ballots and approximately 15  affidavit ballots."

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posticon Mine Shaft Project Receives Conditional Site Plan Approval

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cargill Mine Shaft Approved By Planning Board

The surface site plan for the Cayuga Salt Mine's Shaft #4 project was conditionally approved by the Town of Lansing Planning Board Monday.  Planning Board members voted 7-0 to approve the site plan and pass the project on for  consideration by the Town Board, which is expected to vote on final approval later this year.  That will clear the way for construction permits to be issued.

Company officials said at an October public hearing that the site is not big enough to be used to bring the road salt product to the surface, that the cost of moving an enormous salt filtering plant and miles of conveyor belts is prohibitive, and that an entirely new permitting process would be required if there ever were a decision to use it for that purpose.  However, some Planning board members shared public concerns that the shaft might  at some point in the future, even after

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posticon Comprehensive Plan Sent To Town Board - Finally!

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Comprehensive Plan

The Lansing Town Planning Board voted to send its draft of the latest Comprehensive Plan revision Monday for final consideration by the Town Board.  After considering public comments board members agreed to send those comments and concerns along with its recommendation to the Town Board, setting the stage for possible official adoption of the plan before the end of this year.  But Town Board members disagreed with each other on how quickly they should approve the plan.

Planning Board members felt that many issues raised were already addressed in the plan, and noted that the public misunderstood some issues already addressed, the Planning Board's legal obligations relative to the plan, and the purpose of comprehensive plans, which is to be a guide for future legislation while not itself being legislation at all. 

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posticon Mareane Retires Early As County Administrator

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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joemareane120County Legislature Chair Michael Lane today announced that County Administrator Joe Mareane is taking a medical leave from the County beginning Monday, November 13.

Mareane had earlier announced his plan to retire on February 1, 2018. In order to focus on his recovery, Mareane has advised Chairman Lane of his intent to accelerate his retirement date to November 30. He has served as Tompkins County Administrator since leaving his post as Onondaga County's Chief Fiscal Officer in October 2008.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Tompkins County 2018 Budget Adopted
Concluding a process that started at the beginning of September, the Tompkins County Legislature tonight adopted the County's 2018 budget and the capital program for the next five years. The budget was approved by unanimous vote.

The $180 million budget increases the County tax levy by 2.32% and represents an increase in local spending of 2.87%. The tax rate of $6.58 per thousand is down by 4 cents (0.60%) from 2017, representing an increase of $11.42 in the tax bill for the median-valued $178,000 county home. The levy increase falls below the County's tax cap of 3.53%, as calculated by New York State.

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posticon Tax Cut Act Passes Out Of Ways And Means Committee

News | Friday, November 17, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - Tax cuts for western New York families are one step closer to reality. Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which successfully passed out of the Ways and Means Committee. Reed has been an outspoken supporter of the bill, which lowers federal taxes for 99 percent of taxpayers in New York's 23rd District.

"Although the bill may be amended as it makes its way through the House and Senate, we must keep tax cuts moving forward for the American people. This is a once in a generation opportunity to ensure families in our region will be able to keep $1600 more of their hard earned dollars, rather than allowing the federal government to take it from them as it does today," Reed stated. "This money means real things for real people. It's appliance repairs for a family in Olean, a family trip to a Bills game, or gas so grandparents can visit their grandkids in Georgia."

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