postheadericon Myers Park Roads Need Major Repairs

myersentrance_120Myers Park is not just a beautiful spot on Cayuga Lake.  It is used for countless activities including concerts, festivals, weddings, religious services, parties, barbecues, hiking and running, the annual fireworks, swimming, camping, boating... and that only begins to describe the popularity of the park that includes two playgrounds, a half dozen pavilions, a beach, a marina, a band stand and a historical log cabin, among other features.  Park Superintendent Steve Colt warned the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that the level of activity that grosses around mixed with weather and normal wear and tear has damaged park roads to the point where they need major repair.

"The park is going to be awesome this Spring," Colt told the Town Board.  "But I do want to say that the infrastructure of the park, the roads, themselves, are really getting rough.  That part of the infrastructure is the last big thing.  It's more than just looks.  It's functional.  We can either deal with it when it needs to be done, or face a bigger problem as it disintegrates farther."

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postheadericon Lansing Considers $100,000 Trihalomethane Fix

watertank1Lansing Supervisor Kathy Miller told the Town Board Wednesday that the level of trihalomethane in a water tank in northwest Lansing is still a problem.  Last June she informed the board that trihalomethane levels in the Emmons Road water tank were above acceptable state levels.  This week she said that Lansing's water district may face a cost of up to $100,000 to fix the problem once and for all.

"You've heard of the trihalomethane problem in Ulysses and we have one on the Emmons Road tank," she said.  "The reason we have a problem with the buildup of trihalomethanes is the water usage is not high enough, so it sits in the tank for a while.  Articles in the paper are quite sensational.  But we've been working with TG Miller and Bolton Point on how to remedy this."

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postheadericon TCAT To Hire Forensic Auditors To Look Into Larceny Charges

tcat_2011_120TCAT will enlist the services of an independent forensic auditing firm to further examine the circumstances surrounding alleged larceny charges filed against a former TCAT employee.

Local authorities on April 2 arrested TCAT accounts assistant Pamela Johnson charging her with 2nd degree grand larceny in connections with roughly $247,000 in misdirected funds. Irregularities were discovered during TCAT’s annual financial audit performed by an external accounting firm.  TCAT subsequently conducted an internal investigation, brought in a local forensic auditing team for an additional review and contacted Ithaca City Police.  Ms. Johnson was immediately suspended from her duties on March 18, pending the investigation. Upon charges being filed on April 2, TCAT officially terminated Ms. Johnson’s employment.

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postheadericon Committee Reviews Latest Jail Renovation Design Option

jaildesign0114Continuing its consideration of the proposed renovation of the County Public Safety Building, the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today reviewed a suggested redesign renderings of the Jail’s outdoor recreation area, a design that responds to concerns voiced by some to add more openness and air circulation to the outdoor area.

The design, presented by LaBella Architects, would replace much of the solid back wall of the three-sided structure with a five-panel mesh-covered opening, an opening that could be covered by a roll-down overhead door in the event of inclement weather.  Under that proposed design, the former concrete structure would become a steel-frame shelter, with steel trusses and a metal roof.

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postheadericon County Legislature Highlights

Public Hearing Scheduled Regarding Proposed Assessment Relief Law
The Legislature voted to schedule a public hearing at its next meeting May 5 on a proposed Local Law that would enact provisions of a new State law included in the 2014 New York State Budget bill.  The Mohawk Valley and Niagara County Assessment Relief Act gives a municipality, through Local Law, authority to adopt provisions of the act, which would allow the Department of Assessment to effectively “move” the taxable status date for an affected property owner to take into account any damage that occurred from the severe weather that occurred between June 20 and August 9 of last year.  County Administrator Joe Mareane said local impact appears to be very minimal—perhaps only one property owner affected that might result in an adjustment of $85 on the tax bill.

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postheadericon Comptroller Halts $24 Million In Suspicious Tax Refunds

tax-ny_120New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today his office stopped more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far in 2014, after finding 7,482 improper filings – an 18 percent rise from last year. To date, DiNapoli's office audited and approved 4.8 million state refund requests totaling $4.3 billion.  Another 346,000 refund requests totaling $352.5 million are expected to be paid in the coming days.

“Those who break the rules will not profit at others’ expense,” DiNapoli said. “Tax cheats are continually coming up with new schemes to get money they aren’t entitled to. My office works diligently to make sure only legitimate refunds are paid.”

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postheadericon Reed Challenges New Wood Stove Requirements

woodstove120Tom Reed is responding to constituent concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that would increase costs for New Yorkers who heat their homes and businesses with wood stoves. Reed recently sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy concerned about the new regulation and asking that the agency find an approach that doesn’t place an additional hardship on home and business owners. Fellow New York Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) joined Reed on the letter.

“It’s unfair to target families and businesses in rural areas that rely on wood stoves to heat their homes,” Reed said. “For many in our community, this affordable, renewable energy source is a cost-effective alternative to some of the other more costly, volatile options. It’s common sense to continue making this affordable option available.”

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postheadericon Reed Campaign Releases Fundraising Totals

tomreed2013_120Tom Reed’s congressional campaign released its final fundraising numbers Tuesday for the first quarter of 2014.  Reed received more than $392,000 from January through March, bringing the total raised in the cycle to almost $1.9 million.

The campaign's first-quarter report, filed today, shows almost $1.9 million raised in the cycle and over $1 million cash on hand.

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