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posticon Town To Stop Managing Pathways and Salt Point Money

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Town Center TrailTown Will No Longer Handle Money for Non-official Committees

To be an official town committee or not to be?  That is the question facing two existing committees that inarguably add value to the quality of life in Lansing.  Town Board members discussed the official status of the Lansing Pathways Committee and the Friends of Salt Point and what that will mean for the groups' autonomy and finance handling.  At issue is whether or not the Town can hold funds for the committees, and who has authority over what they do.

"We're looking at it, and the short answer is the Town should not be managing any money that is not town-owned," Town Attorney Guy Krogh said at a Town Board working meeting Wednesday.  "The (required state) auditing procedures for these accounts have changed.  Now they've got a new set of standards, a new set of auditing requirements.  We're not a 501(c)(3) clearinghouse.  We're not a bill payer for a third party."

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posticon Triphammer Construction Nearly Finished

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Triphammer Repaving projectVillage of Lansing officials say the $815,000 Triphammer repaving project is nearing completion.  Village officials say the traffic flow has been generally good and they have even received some compliments on keeping traffic moving during the paving.  Superintendent of Public Works John Courtney said Monday that all paving and striping will be complete by mid-next week.

"I'm hoping to have the striping done by Wednesday of next week," Courtney said.  "But if we get a little bit of rain, that's not good for striping.  The epoxy striping is very sensitive to rain and it can really throw the works out of sequence."

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posticon Action Delayed on Proposed Hearing on Sheriff’s Position

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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sheriffbadge2The Legislature tabled a proposal Tuesday to schedule a public hearing to take comment on a proposed Charter change and Local Law that, if approved by the voters, would change the position of Tompkins County Sheriff from an elected to an appointed position.  Because of time requirements related to the General Election ballet, the action means that any consideration of the issue will not be put before the voters this year.

Government Operations Committee Chair Dan Klein, as well as several other Legislators, stressed that the issue was whether to schedule the hearing to permit the residents of Tompkins County to vote on whether the position of Sheriff should be appointed or elected, not that there was any foregone conclusion to make such a change.  A September 6th hearing, with legislative action the same night, would have been the last opportunity to act to put the matter to referendum on the November ballot.  Nine people addressed the Legislature at the beginning of the meeting—all but one voicing support for keeping the position elected.

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posticon Contract Recommended to Provide Jail Inmate Reentry Services

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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tc jailThe Legislature's Public Safety Committee today recommended that Tompkins County contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE) to provide coordinated reentry services for inmates of the Tompkins County Jail.  The committee, by a unanimous 5-0 vote, recommended that County Administrator Joe Mareane be authorized to execute the one-year contract with Cooperative Extension, to take effect as of September 7.

As part of an extensive review of the County's alternatives-to-incarceration programs, the County's Criminal Justice/Alternatives to Incarceration Board (CJATI) developed the Tompkins County Reentry Plan, presented last fall, to more effectively transition inmates from the jail back into the community—the goal to reduce recidivism rates, reducing the jail population over time.  The recommended contract will support those coordinated, direct inmate reentry services.

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posticon Food Scraps Curbside Collection Pilot To End

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Geoff Dunn Print
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foodscraps 120The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division announced a three-year food scraps curbside collection pilot will come to end on December 31st.  As of July 1st, the program had reached about 85% of all households in the service area, collecting from approximately 24% of the roughly 1,200 households on any given week. That means 174.4 tons of food scraps were diverted from the landfill to date.

Despite this success, the curbside program is simply too costly to maintain and expand. As a result, the pilot will conclude when the contract between Tompkins County Solid Waste and Casella Waste Systems expires at the end of the year. Participants were notified earlier this month, giving them plenty of time to prepare for the transition away from curbside collection.

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posticon State Senate Candidates Announce Endorsements

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By -Staff Print
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Pam Helming Floyd Rayburn Jermaine Bagnall-Graham
Pam Helming, Floyd Rayburn, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham

Candidates hoping to win retiring Senator Nozzolio's seat in Albany announced endorsements this week as the September 13th primary election draws near.  Multiple candidates from both major parties announced their candidacy soon after Senator Mike Nozzolio (R) announced he would not be running again this year.  The Republican field, which started at about a dozen candidates, has been whittled down to five.  Two Democratic candidates are running.

Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming (R) announced she has received overwhelming support from elected officials in her Ontario County as candidate for the 54th Senate District.  Last week she announced she had received an endorsement from the 25,000 member Police Conference of New York, Inc.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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tc leg120Legislature Authorizes Jail Study.  Jail Study Committee Formed.
The Legislature authorized and appropriated funding to support study of the inmate population and population trends at the Tompkins County Jail and of potential design options to accommodate the Jail's population.  The action follows notice from the New York State Commission of Correction (COC) that the jail's 18-bed variance beyond its 82-bed capacity, which has been in effect since 2009, will be revoked as of September 1st.   The Commission has advised the County that it seeks immediate progress in reducing the jail population to a level that can be housed in an 82-bed facility, or to increase jail size to accommodate the incarcerated population.

By unanimous vote, the Legislature authorized and directed the County Administrator to procure consultant services for two studies—to analyze the current and projected population of the Jail, incorporating current and pending activities intended to reduce the jail population; and to develop cost-effective design concepts that would accommodate the projected population.  The Legislature allocated $85,000 from the Contingent Fund to underwrite the studies.

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posticon Reed Opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership

News | Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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capitalbuilding 120As the President sends formalized notice to Congress about the finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tom Reed reiterated his opposition to the deal.

"We care about creating quality, family sustaining jobs in our region. While we are big supporters of exporting products made here in the U.S. around the world, we can't support a trade deal that would undercut and harm American workers," said Reed.

Reed opposes the TPP trade agreement because it does not open foreign markets to U.S. dairy products, particularly in Canada, leaving New York dairy farmers behind.

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