Fracking Bans Discussed in the Lansings, Town Postpones Hearing

fracking noHydro-fracking bans were up for discussion in both the Town and Village of Lansing this week as officials of both Lansings considered what, if any, action they will take to protect the two municipalities from potential negative impacts.  Supervisor Kathy Miller and Councilwoman Ruth Hopkins said they were in favor of scheduling a public hearing on a ban for July, but the majority of the town council feared that banning hydro-fracking now might send the wrong message to New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) before it rules on whether or not to keep the Cayuga Power Plant open.

"My concern is not the public hearing or the ban," said Councilman Ed LaVigne.  "My concern is the timing.  It would be tragic if we gave a perception that swayed the PSC to not re-fire this plant with natural gas, considering that this is the number one taxpayer in this County.  I am simply asking to wait a few months until the PSC has given their answer."

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Sheriff Condemned By Former Undersheriff, Feds To Assist In Evaluating Danby Incident

sheriff 120The U.S. Justice Department will provide assistance in conducting a technical review of the two and a half day stand-off in Danby between law enforcement and David Cady, which ended when it was discovered that Cady had shot himself dead.  County Legislator Mike Sigler told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that once a plan is in place the review will take six to eight months.  Sigler also alluded to a letter the Legislature received from former Undersheriff Derek Osbourne condemning Sheriff Ken Lansing's management of the incident and the Sheriff's Department in general.

"The Sheriff is an elected official, as you know, and while the Legislature funds the department, it does not oversee the Sheriff," Sigler said.  "The Legislature doesn't really have a role in reprimanding him.  The voters do that. It will be interesting to see who runs against him next time around.  It's unclear yet what the Legislature reaction will be to the letter and if any action will be taken if there is an avenue for action available."

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$28.37M School Budget Passes

May222015

$28.37M School Budget Passes

 

school aerial3The Lansing Central School District's $28,370,000 2015-16 budget passed Tuesday 355 to 101.  The budget includes program additions including a high school assistant principal/athletic director, elementary teacher, a half-time social worker and special education teacher, and a teaching assistant position shifting to a teacher position.  

Board Of Education members Julie Boles and Aziza Benson were both reelected.  Boles received 394 votes, and Benson 367.  Voters also approved up to $310,000 in bus purchases 366 to 78.

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Craft Road Traffic Light Contract Awarded

May222015

Craft Road Traffic Light Contract Awarded

 

trafficlight graham120Village of Lansing Trustees voted 3 to 1 to accept a bid on a project that will add a traffic light to the intersection of Craft and Triphammer Roads.  In addition the project will include a slight widening of the intersection to make room for a new right turn lane, and improvements to pedestrian connectivity.  But even the lowest bid came in 24% higher than anticipated.

There were only two bidders for the contract," said Village Clerk Jodi Dake.  "It was considerably fewer than expected.  The lowest bidder was Binghamton Road Electric, LLC with a base bid of $274,107.  This bid is $52,947 above the engineer's estimate.  That was a little bit of a shocker."

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Smartphone Use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting

May222015

Smartphone Use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting

 

att120Dallas, May 19, 2015 — When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it's no longer safe to assume they're texting. New research1 from AT&T* shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving. About 1-in-7 said they're on Twitter behind the wheel.

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County Legislature Highlights

May222015

County Legislature Highlights

 

tc leg120Legislature Fails to Affirm Support for Single-Payer Health-Care
Asked to reaffirm its earlier actions in 2006 and 2009, the Legislature failed to take a stand voicing continued support for a single-payer approach to health care coverage in New York State.  Acting on a measure advanced by Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera that would have urged the State Assembly and Senate to pass legislation to enact the New York Health Act that would support universal health coverage, the Legislature voted 7-4 in favor which, while a majority, did not draw the 8 votes needed for passage.  (Legislators Dave McKenna, Glenn Morey, Mike Sigler, and Peter Stein voted no; Legislators Jim Dennis, Will Burbank, and Carol Chock were excused.)   The measure, however, could be brought up for reconsideration at a future meeting, and Legislator Luz Herrera said she would be speaking in favor of it again at the Legislature's next meeting June 2, when she hopes the Legislature can discuss the issue in more detail.

Before the vote, Luz Herrera said the time has come to move from the multi-payer approach to a "simple, one-stop single-payer system for all," that overall health care spending would be reduced and that 98% of New Yorkers would pay less for health care than they do today.  Legislator Sigler said that there are too many uncertainties in the proposals and assumptions that he's not sure are true, saying the resolution indicates that the Affordable Care Act has failed and a new system should be adopted.  While saying he's not necessarily for or against a single-payer system, Legislator Stein said the matter is complicated and he fears it is being "oversold", and termed it "madness" to leave the Affordable Care Act at this point.  While he voted in favor, Legislator Nate Shinagawa, a health care administrator, noted that the current fee-for-service system for health care is not sustainable.  "You need to have fundamental change to make single-payer work," he said.

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State Senate Enacts 'Brittany's Law'

May222015

State Senate Enacts 'Brittany's Law'

 

albany2 120New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that the State Senate has taken significant and important action in adopting a tougher stance against violent crime by enacting the "Domestic Violence Prevention Act-Brittany's Law."  This legislation, Senate Bill 513, sponsored by Nozzolio, will create a publically accessible registry of convicted violent felons.

"Brittany's Law represents a major step forward for New Yorkers in the fight against violent crime and domestic abuse crimes. By putting new measures in place to track violent offenders and keep our communities informed of their whereabouts, Brittany's Law will undoubtedly save lives. As Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee and as the former Chairman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, I am committed to enacting tougher sentencing laws for violent criminals, reinforcing laws to protect women and children from domestic violence, and strengthening the rights of crime victims to prevent future tragedies from occurring," said Nozzolio.

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