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posticon Reed Joins Trump Transition Team

News | Friday, December 02, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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reed builders600Congressman Tom Reed listening to concerns from Ithaca builders last March

Congressman Tom Reed (R-23rd Congressional District, New York) has been named one of seven co-chairs of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  Reed will provide input on staffing and issues as the new White House staff is assembled.  Reed said in a press conference Thursday that he is honored and humbled to be part of the transition team, and that his access to the President-elect and Vice President-elect will be good for western upstate New Yorkers.

"I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for us as the Trump administration takes form and takes hold in the White House," he said.  "Having this relationship with the White House is also something that I'm very excited about personally.  Being in the position on the Ways and Means Committee to write the 21st century tax code; to be in a position to be part of the efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare as we go forward with President Trump's administration; and, really, to put the American people first so that we can make sure that the American men and women that are out there struggling each and every day... that their voice is no longer forgotten, and that it is heard loud and clear here in Washington, D.C."

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posticon How Trump-like is Trump?

News | Friday, December 02, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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An Inside View From Our Representative in Congress
The White House

Thanks to social media, the press, and live appearances, the public perception of President-elect Donald Trump has been that of a loose cannon, quick to attack his attackers, perhaps a little too engaged in social discourse.  But Congressman Tom Reed (R- New York) presented a different picture at a press conference yesterday at which he answered questions about his appointment to Trump's transition team as one of seven co-chairs.  Reed said he has had personal conversations with Trump that showed the next President as a person who is willing to listen.

"We had very candid private conversations where I tried to offer my two cents," Reed said.  "I appreciate his constructive intake of that conversation.  That's why I'm excited about where this is going.  I think people are underestimating who Donald Trump is and the ability he brings to the table to make America great again."

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posticon Lifton Challenges Vote Counts

News | Friday, December 02, 2016 | By Office of NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Print
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Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton sent this letter Monday to the U.S. Attorney General requesting an audit of this month's presidential election. Lifton was key in putting the new electronic voting machines in New York polling places, first studying available devices for reliability.

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posticon Old Library Site Status Report Considered

News | Friday, December 02, 2016 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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tc oldlibraryThe Tompkins County Legislature's Old Library Committee received a status update regarding redevelopment of the site of the Old Tompkins County Library from preferred developer Travis Hyde Properties. The project continues to be under review by the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as the City Planning Board. Since it is located within the DeWitt Park Historic District, the project needs a Certificate of Appropriateness from the ILPC before it can formally proceed to the Planning Board for site plan review. The Committee received its last update in April.

Developer Frost Travis and Graham Gillespie, of HOLT Architects guided Legislators through the evolution of project design—from the original through a series of six proposed modifications—since the Legislature awarded Travis Hyde preferred developer status in August 2015. The new designs came in response to concerns expressed by the City, as well as the changed role of the senior citizens organization Lifelong in the project. Lifelong will no longer move its headquarters into the building, although it will have program space and responsibility for the building's community room.

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