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posticon Lansing Receives State Grant For Town Center Infrastructure

News | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Grant for Town Land Infrastructure

Planning Consultant Michael Long announced Wednesday that a $75,000 state grant was awarded to the Town of Lansing for materials to build infrastructure on the town land across the street from the Town ball fields.  Long said that NYS Senator Pam Helming secured the grant that will pay for road materials and other infrastructure costs to connect proposed developments with State Road 34/34B.  Long says some of the money will be used to adjust a future intersection between 34/34B and Woodsedge Drive, which will continue north to connect Cornerstone Group's Milton Meadows project and others proposed for the town land.

"The State of New York has tentatively agreed to the initial location for Cornerstone (roads), but as we add additional businesses and development patterns there, they want us to look at a traffic analysis of the entire parcel to try to figure out where the points are that come in and out," Long says.  "Cornerstone is going to pay for their part of it.  We're going to have to make some adjustments to the intersection at Woodsedge Drive.  Either we have to slide the road either to the east, or, on the south side, to the west."

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posticon Sheriff Seeks Help Identifying CFCU Robbery Suspect

News | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Tompkins County Sheriff's Department Print
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Lansing, New York – On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at about 4:32 PM deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to 99 Sheraton Drive the Cornell Federal Credit Union in the Village of Lansing regarding a robbery. Deputies arrived on scene and obtained a description of the incident from employees and other witnesses in the credit union at the time.

The suspect entered the credit union approached employees, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the credit union with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect was last seen running in a northeasterly direction on Sheraton Drive.


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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Legislature Chair Robertson Delivers 2018 Annual Message, Announces 2018 Organizational Structure
Legislature Chair Martha Robertson characterized the Legislature's year ahead as one of transition, preservation, and progress, as she delivered her annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature. The priority of "transition" is inevitable, she said—with five new Legislators, an incoming new County Administrator, and two new Deputy Administrators, all in a few months, As well as offering the opportunity to think creatively about new systems and structures, Robertson notes that the transitions will require special attention and time, while the Legislature also works to preserve what the County has—especially in light of potential program and funding changes at the state and federal level—as well as to make progress on ongoing initiatives. One worrisome "unfunded mandate" she identifies is local Medicaid spending, which currently amounts to about 24% of the County's property tax levy. Roberson cautions, "If the federal government cuts Medicaid, as seems very possible, we'll see even more of the program's costs passed on to us."

2018 Organizational Structure and Leadership Appointments: For 2018, the Legislature's six standing committees remain the same—Budget, Capital, and Personnel; Facilities and Infrastructure; Government Operations; Health and Human Services; Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality; and Public Safety. For leadership, past Legislature Chair Michael Lane will assume chairmanship of the budget committee, and Shawna Black will chair Health and Human Services, with former HHS chair Anna Kelles moving over to lead Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality. Dan Klein continues to chair Government Operations, Dave McKenna Facilities and Infrastructure, and Rich John Public Safety (which in 2018 will also assume the work of the past Jail Study Committee). Four of the new Legislators assume vice chair positions: Anne Koreman for F&I, Deborah Dawson for GO, Amanda Champion for PDEQ, and Henry Granison for Public Safety. The special Transportation Committee, chaired by Lane, will continue in 2018, the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee will continue to be chaired by Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. A new special Housing Committee, led by Legislature Chair Robertson, will address the problem of housing, where she hopes, in part, to more closely engage other municipalities, the local nonprofit community and employers.

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posticon Helming, Ortt Call On Governor to Extend Pistol Recertification Deadline

News | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By NYS Senator Pam Helming's Office Print
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Albany - Senator Pam Helming and Senator Rob Ortt today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the pistol recertification deadline. In a letter to the Governor signed by 23 of their Senate and Assembly colleagues, Helming and Ortt outlined their concerns, most notably that dealing with pistol permit recertification has proven to be a massive problem for law-abiding gun owners and County Clerks' and Sheriffs' offices throughout the state. Additionally, they believe an extension to the pistol permit deadline would allow the County Clerks and Sheriffs of this state the appropriate amount of time to process recertification requests.

"With less than 20 percent of all pistol permit holders across New York State having recertified so far, it is clear this program has failed. The current process is broken and has caused problems for our local county clerks and sheriffs and confusion among law-abiding gun owners. Our gun owners who fail to recertify face the possibility of losing their Second Amendment rights and their voting rights. The Governor must scrap the deadline and streamline the process so that our law-abiding citizens do not have their lawful rights taken away. As State Senator, I am committed to protecting the rights of our law-abiding gun owners," Helming said.

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