Girl's Correctional Facility For Sale

gs_120Lansing Supervisor Kathy Miller and Town board members Ed LaVigne and Ruth Hopkins were joined by members of the East Shore Arts Council, priests from a local church, and a representative of a school.  They were among the interested parties at a recent tour of the Lansing Girls Residential Center, along with Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler, Miller, Park Superintendent and Recreation Director Steve Colt and Lansing Historian Louise Bement.  Miller says it’s all or nothing — the property will not be split among multiple buyers.

"It was very interesting," said Miller at last week's Town Board meeting.  "What an incredibly beautiful piece of property that is!  It's breathtaking.  The State won't break it up. They won't break it up into the school and the pods and the gymnasium.  The  whole piece is being sold as one."

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Newfield Dog Shot By Owner

spcavan_120The SPCA of Tompkins County is caring for a two- year- old German shepherd mix who was shot in the head last week, left in her yard overnight, and seized by the Tompkins County Sherriff's department and the SPCA after a report by a neighbor early Thursday morning.

"This is a terrible crime," says SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau. "It breaks our hearts, but now our entire focus is on Lillie's care. She is currently in stable condition and responding well.  We anticipate that she will need several more surgeries including the repair of a wound to her soft palate as well as the removal of one (potentially two) of her eyes due to the trauma caused by the gunshot wound. While these additional surgeries present their own inherent risk in her weakened condition, we are optimistic that she will recover.  We do not know the long term effects of her injuries at this point, and are continuing to work with our own team of veterinarians from the Maddies Fund Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell as well as specialists from the Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital to work through the process of her treatment and ongoing care. Tompkins County police have charged Jeffrey M. Wood of Meadowbrook Lane in Newfield with felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals after he allegedly shot Lillie in the head twice with a .22 caliber long gun and report that further charges are possible."

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County Budget Review Continues

tc_tompkinscourthouse120In their second night of deliberations September 18th, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee heard from six more County departments, as they continue to review County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2015 County budget.

The Recommended Budget, with total expenditures of $180 million and local dollar spending of $83.3 million, would increase the tax levy by 2.34% (below the County’s projected property tax cap) and would increase the tax bill by $6.34 for the owner of a median-value $165,000 home—an amount of increase that would be returned by the State under the new State property tax freeze law.

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Reed And Robertson Agree To Three Debates

tomreed2013_120Tom Reedrobertsonoffcl_120Martha RobertsonVoters will get to see Congressman Tom Reed and challenger Martha Robertson debate before the November 23rd Congressional District election.  Reed's campaign announced Tuesday it had agreed to three debates, including one televised debate.  While Robertson's campaign has reportedly asked for more debates, the Reed campaign says three debates will allow voters to compare the candidates' contrasting visions.

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Contractor Sentenced For Defrauding State

albany2_120A Former State Contractor Who Pleaded Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges Earlier This Year, As A Result Of A Joint Investigation By New York State Comptroller Thomas P. Dinapoli And U.S. Attorney For The Southern District Preet Bharara, Was Sentenced Today To A Year And One Day In Prison And Ordered To Pay A Total Of $721,112 In Restitution And Criminal Forfeiture.

"Joseph Junkovic Took Taxpayer Dollars Meant To Screen Individuals For Cancer And Used The Money To Fund His Lavish Lifestyle Of World Traveling And Gambling," Dinapoli Said. "This Conviction Sends A Strong Message To Others Who Might Defraud The State. I Commend U.S. Attorney Bharara And His Staff For Their Work To Bring Mr. Junkovic To Justice, And I Will Continue To Work With United States Attorneys And Prosecutors Statewide To Combat Corruption In The Misuse Of Public Funds."

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