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posticon Residents Request Lower Lansing Speed Limits

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Town Board passed two resolutions Wednesday in support of lowering speed limits on portions of Buck and Salmon Creek Roads.  Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said two petitions by concerned residents prompted the resolutions.  But it is the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) that has final say on changes to speed limits. 

"The dynamics of our town are that we have 19th century roads and we have 21st century vehicles," LaVigne said. "Without shoulders it makes it difficult to walk on them, plus the residents of Buck Road want this speed limit reduced."

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posticon School Tax Rate Set -- Bills Coming

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing School Business Administrator Kate Heath presented the final numbers to the Board Of Education Tuesday that are needed to send school tax bills to taxpayers.  Heath said that the District will pay slightly less than projected before the May budget vote, and told board members the tax rate will be 0.11% higher than last year.  She said that the rate was mitigated by a higher than projected tax assessment roll value, but more dollars will have to be appropriated from the fund balance than expected to keep the levy below the state's tax cap calculation.

"We were anticipating a tax rate of $20.79," she said. "It is a little bit lower -- it is a 0.11% increase over last year's rate, and we are under the cap by $1,200."

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posticon Rabid Bat Found In Ithaca

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Tompkins County Health Department Print
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bat1On August 14, 2018, a bat found on the sidewalk in front of 530 Madison Street, near the intersection of 5th Street across from Conway Park in the City of Ithaca, was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory.

If your child was unattended near this bat or there was any contact with this bat by a person or pet, please contact the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6688 immediately to discuss possible exposure to rabies. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal.

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posticon County Hears Update on Office of Human Rights Assessment

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee received an update regarding the comprehensive ongoing assessment of the County's Office of Human Rights, presented by County Administrator Jason Molino, County Attorney Jonathan Wood, and Dr. Kenneth Clarke, Interim Director of Human Rights.

It was stressed that the Office stands ready to assist people in accessing the State's complaint process, providing space and equipment at the Office for filing a complaint. Interim Director Clarke will providE general guidance on filing the complaint; translation service will be available, as needed, with equipment for speech and hearing impaired individuals to be set up soon. The Office, however, will not represent complainants (since the State has insisted the County refrain from continuing that practice) or make probable cause recommendations (since the County's Memorandum of Understanding with New York State expired a decade ago and the State is not interested in a new MOU). Such MOUs are in place with only the large counties of Nassau and Suffolk.

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posticon Recovery Teams Sent To Finger Lakes And Southern Tier

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed agencies specializing in disaster recovery and clean-up Wednesday to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions to assist counties after heavy rains and flash flooding moved through the area causing damage to roads, bridges, homes and other critical infrastructure. At the Governor's direction, Director of State Operations Cathy Calhoun were deployed to Broome and Seneca counties Wednesday, and the Department of Financial Services will deploy its Mobile Command Center to assist residents with the insurance claims process.

The National Guard has deployed 50 personnel and is staging an additional 150 personnel for deployment to assist local governments with debris removal and cleanup. Damage assessment teams specializing in engineering and structural assessments from the Department of Transportation will be operating in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions to evaluate roads, bridges and other infrastructure for damage and safety concerns.

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posticon Governor Issues State Of Emergency For Finger Lakes, Southern Tier And Central New York

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a State of Emergency Tuesday for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schulyer, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates, and contiguous counties through August 21. The Governor made the announcement after surveying flooded areas and damaged property in Seneca and Broome counties. The storms, which are continuing to make their way slowly from west to east across the state, may cause additional flash flooding and New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potential extreme and unpredictable weather.

At Cuomo's direction, the State Emergency Operations Center has been elevated to a Level 3 and additional agencies have been deployed to assist with logistics, transportation and technical rescue, and to coordinate any response efforts in impacted counties. Regional emergency response teams are activated and are in close contact with community leaders and emergency responders. State agencies are mobilizing resources and personnel for flash flooding issues from heavy downpours in areas across the state that that have experienced an abundance of recent rainstorms.

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posticon Law Prevents Children Under 18 From Indoor Tanning

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (A.07218/S.5585-A) yesterday, banning children under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities.

"We have long known the dangers of indoor tanning and the devastating health risks that go along with prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays," Governor Cuomo said. "By further limiting our children from exposing themselves to this health risk, we can stop the spread of preventable disease and help save lives."

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posticon New Rule Would Prohibit Members Of Congress From Serving On The Boards Of Publicly-Held Companies

News | Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-23) and Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced that they will introduce a resolution to amend the current rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit Members of the House from serving on the boards of publicly-held companies.

The resolution would create a House equivalent to Senate Rule 37.6(a), which states that no Senator "shall serve as an officer or member of the board of any publicly-held or publicly regulated corporation, financial institution, or business entity."

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