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posticon Triad Gift Will Mitigate Closed Pool Challenges

News | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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School officials had hoped the Lansing High School swimming pool would be open for use before the end of the Fall athletics season.  But school officials now say they hope repairs will be completed by next summer.  Repairs were abruptly halted last year when a forensic investigation of past repairs was initiated.  School officials say they hope the investigation will be completed before the end of this month.  Meanwhile the Triad Foundation has given the school district a gift of $15,000 that will be used to provide support, transportation and alternative pools.

"They called me out of the blue and asked me about some of our struggles," says Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso.  That was one they had heard about from articles in the Lansing Star.  We got to discussing that and I thought that would be a good way to support our students and allow them to swim at the same level.  They've been excellent to work with."

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posticon BOCES Capital Project to Cost Lansing Taxpayers 72 Cents

News | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing School Business Administrator Mary June King urged Board Of Education members Monday to support an upcoming $8 million capital project.  The project will repair roofs and infrastructure on the aging campus.  King said that Lansing's share is 9.552% of the total cost, or $765,000.  But with $415,000 of that coming back to the district in state aid, she said that the actual cost to property taxpayers would only be a one time payment of 72 cents on a $200,000 home.

"I think it's a very reasonable amount of money, and this is for things like leaking roofs and steel beams that are deteriorating -- health and safety issues," King said.

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posticon Local Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections

News | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Frank Kruppa – Tompkins County Public Health Director Print
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tc healthdept120The Tompkins County Health Department reports an increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) locally. In 2016 we saw 374 cases of Chlamydia, a 9% increase from 2015; 81 Gonorrhea cases, a 47% increase from 2015; and 12 Syphilis cases, an alarming 200% increase from 2015.

STIs can be spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex and can be present without symptoms. Chlamydia has been referred to as "the silent killer", as 7 out of 10 people who have the bacterial infection do not have any symptoms. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Gonorrhea is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not repair any permanent damage done by the disease.

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posticon Helming Begins Albany Legislative Session

News | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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helming swearinginNYS Senator Pam Helming is given the oath of office by New York State Court of Appeal Chief Justice Janet DiFiore, as her husband Gary holds the family Bible, and her son Evan and his girlfriend Sierra Johnson look on.

A week after being sworn in in Albany January 4th New York Senator Pam Helming voted Monday to permanently cap state spending and help ensure greater long-term fiscal discipline on state government, while also creating much needed relief for overburdened taxpayers.

"New York's school districts and local governments currently operate under a tax cap and I applaud my Senate colleagues for taking action to create a state spending cap," said Helming. "A state spending cap sends a strong message that Albany is committed to living within its means and will save taxpayers billions."

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posticon Reed Joins House Steering Committee

News | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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As the 115th Congress begins, Congressman Tom Reed was elected by his peers to the House Steering Committee, a select group which assigns other members to committee positions throughout the House of Representatives.

"We care about being a champion for the hardworking men and women of our region. That's why after our time spent in Congress we are in a unique position of influence that will benefit them now and in the future," said Reed. "It's only right that we remember those who sent us here, and use our new influence to be a positive voice for small town America to disrupt Washington and change the way DC operates. "

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