Editorial - Ithaca Missed The Most Learned Cities List

Aug282015
EditorialI must be one smart cookie.  I grew up in the number 7 most educated city -- where educated people decide to settle -- in the United States, and later I played in a band based in the #3 most educated city.  That is according to a recent Wallethub study ranking 150 Cities (or groupings of cities) from most to least educated.  Then I moved here -- Ithaca didn't even make the list.  What?  And why does that mean that the Town of Lansing should use some of that land across the street from the Town Hall to build a technology park?

Part of the reason Ithaca isn't on the list may be that, despite state official's claims that New York is becoming a business-friendly state it doesn't take a college graduate to figure out that it's not.  But if Ithaca was considered for the list I suspect it didn't make it because it is a victim of its own success.  People come here for school or for jobs, and then they like it so well they want to stay.  The end result is that the workforce is way overqualified for the available jobs.

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Letters - Town Of Caroline Power Plant Resolution

Aug282015

Letters - Town Of Caroline Power Plant Resolution

 

mailmanI am responding to the 8/21 Lansing Star article regarding the Caroline Town Board meddling in Lansing business.  The attached Caroline Town Board resolution has little mention of the Town of Lansing except to urge financial support from a $19M State fund created to support of communities affected by the closing of a power plant and ensure that NYSEG timely details the projects in Lansing that fit within the scope of REV and will support the local economy.  The resolution has everything to do with the Town of Caroline, its residents, and all NYSEG rate payers, and for that matter all humans living and to be born.

The Caroline resolution speaks to the $9.6M annual bailout by NYSEG rate payers to prop up a financially unsustainable venture. It also speaks to the recommendation by PSC staff to upgrade transmission lines regardless of whether Cayuga operates or not.  And most importantly it speaks to taking the necessary steps to stop combusting fossil fuel.  Therefore the Caroline Town Board told the Public Service Commission that it supported the transmission upgrade that mitigated environmental impacts.

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Letters - Lansing Denying Gas Line Impact

Aug282015

Letters - Lansing Denying Gas Line Impact

 

mailmanWhen reading the remarks from Connie Wilcox, Robert Cree and Kathy Miller in your August 21st report Lansing Responds to Caroline Anti-Power Plant Vote, I was disappointed to see their lack of understanding exactly why Caroline recently passed a resolution opposing repowering of the Cayuga Power Plant. The Town of Dryden passed a similar resolution in August of 2013. Additionally, Town Officials from Ulysses and Ithaca spoke out against the Repowering of Cayuga at a public forum in February 2015.

These town officials are speaking out because they understand that we are all connected and that climate change is something that affects us all. Air and water pollution does not magically stop at the Town Line. Mitigating climate change is the responsibility of everyone on this planet because it will impact everyone. We cannot continue to be shortsighted and act like it will all be okay. The economic impacts that we are certain to suffer because of climate change will be far more significant than the loss of tax revenues from shutting down the Cayuga Power Plant.

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Letters - In Support of Caroline Town Board's Resolution on Cayuga

mailmanThose recently criticizing Town of Caroline’s Resolution supporting the Auburn Transmission Upgrades and opposing re-powering the Cayuga Power Plant want to have it both ways.  They want ratepayers, the vast majority of whom live outside of Lansing, in Caroline, Dryden, Ulysses and many other places, to continue to pay to keep the inefficient, privately owned, barely operational plant going, at increased rates to individuals and businesses, for at least 10 years into the future.

At the same time, they argue that Town Boards representing these ratepayers should not have a say about whether or not the plant gets re-powered. There is no shortage of power in the region. The transmission upgrades are a much less expensive option and will be necessary even if the power plant stays open.  Most importantly, many of us are concerned about the environmental impacts of keeping the plant open.

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Letters - New York Should Opt Into Public Financing of Elections

Aug282015

Letters - New York Should Opt Into Public Financing of Elections

 

mailmanIn 2014, I faced one of the hardest decisions of my career: Should I opt into a public financing program for the Comptroller's race or not? For years, I had called for public financing of political campaigns. I'd even pushed my own legislation to start with the State Comptroller's office.

But now I was faced with a deeply flawed pilot program that had been rushed into law for an election a mere seven months later. The legislation was sloppy, inadequate and unsound in so many ways that good government groups that had spent decades fighting for this change were outraged and encouraged me to reject it.

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