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November 15, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 43

posticon Unfunded State Mandates Onerous for Local Law Enforcement

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Sheriff Office

So-called 'fixes' in this year's New York State's criminal justice reform bill have raised red flags from law enforcement and district attorneys across the state.  Even progressive State Attorney General Letitia James has expressed concerns, saying there are big problems with the 'fixes' and that her office will need half a million dollars next year alone, and millions more in the following years to comply with immediate discovery requirements.  The reform bill is an unfunded state mandate that will make it harder to take criminals off the streets, as well as taking officers off patrol to collate evidence and write reports in what many law enforcement agencies say is an unreasonable time frame.  Here in Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osbourne says he is not ready to ask the County Legislature for more money or manpower... yet. 

"I think it's going to be a process of seeing what it does to us come January 1st and experiencing it," Osborne says. "Because right now it's a great unknown. We can predict how we think it's going to happen, but, until we live it, it's going to be hard to say. So I think we're going to need all next year just to see how it goes. I wouldn't be comfortable asking for more staffing because of this legislation right now. We may have to shift assignments around in the Sheriff's office to accommodate the changes."

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posticon Village Begins Crafting Airbnb Law

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Village of Lansing Airbnb Law

The Village of Lansing Planning Board began considering an amendment to Village law that would regulate short term rentals (STR) such as Airbnb.  The discussion was prompted by several complaints by neighbors of an Airbnb home on Oakcrest Road, and then by a request by the owners to host events there (that was not approved).  The discussion focused on whether short term rentals should be subject to licensing, should be restricted in terms of how many days per year they are allowed, how a potential law could reasonably be enforced, safety, and how Airbnb-type rentals impact residential neighborhoods and interact with Village zoning.

"The biggest issue is preserving the character of the neighborhood for the people who live there and also understanding that this rental model is beloved and profitable," said Planning Board member Carolyn Greenwald. "There's a lot of benefit, but you have to preserve those neighborhoods as well. So that is the balance. That is what this is really about."

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posticon Lansing Village Cottages Gets Preliminary Go-ahead

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Lansing Village Cottages

The Village of Lansing Planning board Monday approved a preliminary plat proposed by Beer properties, LLC for a project they are calling Lansing Village Cottages.  The proposed cluster development would be comprised of 38 rental duplex cottages on 41.19 of land between Craft Road and Bush Lane.  The project includes park lands, walking paths, and 4.56 acres of 'forever wild' land with paths that tenants can walk along. 

Two weeks ago a number of neighbors from Millcroft Road attended a public hearing to oppose the project, largely on the grounds of traffic, connecting their road to a new road in the Beers' development, and saying that they were restricted to conditions of the 'Millcroft Covenant' when they bought their homes, and now feel "betrayed" because the Covenant was removed from the Beer property that was originally to be future phases of the Millcroft development.  But Village Attorney William Troy advised that the covenant was a private agreement between the former developer and the homeowners, thus not under the jurisdiction of the Planning board.

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posticon Lansing Teens Help Send Christmas Trees to Troops

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mooretrees qatar2004The Moores sent the first tree to Qatar in 2004Lansing United Methodist Church teens Aubryn Neubert and Morgan Wilcox were at Moore's Tree Farm this week to pack five Christmas trees that were mailed to US troops in South Korea and Qatar. They stuffed the packages with letters and decorations written and made by other LUMC high school juniors and seniors.

Richard and Kay Moore started selling christmas trees in 1978. Now they sell an average of four to five thousand trees a year, many of which are sold to people who want to cut down their own tree. The coup0le are retired teachers: Richard taught information technology in the hospitality industry at the Hotel School at Cornell, and Kay taught 7th and 8th grade math at Lansing High School. They sent their first Christmas Tree to Nick Graham, their son Jason's former college roommate who had worked on the tree farm during college and was stationed with the Airforce in Qatar. They have been sending trees to troops ever since.

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posticon Bobcat Football Sectional Championship Domination

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football 1113Blue pursuit with Mogyorosi, Sill, Santiago and Crandall
Two minutes and ten seconds into the Section IV championship game against the Newfield Trojans Lansing Junior quarterback Ben Vincent took the ball 34 yards with blocking help from Thor Wierson and Jake Babcock for the first Bobcat score. Senior kicker Tristan Lyndaker made the successful point after kick and a 7-0 lead. Who needs the NFL Steelers when Lansing has its own version of Big Ben. The team came through to help make it a Big Ben start. Vincent scored additional first quarter runs of 69 and 52 yards.

Down 20-0 early in second quarter and having defensive end Brendan Mogyorosi sack the Newfield quarterback the Trojans called a timeout to regroup. The timeout set up an 87 yard pass play for a much needed Newfield score. Vincent tested his own throwing accuracy with a strike to Lansing wideout Jake Brotherton which set up a 6 yard TD by tailback Jake Babcock. One play after a Lansing fumble Newfield quarterback Arthur Hardison connected on a 52 yard touchdown pass to Joshua Wood to cut the Trojan deficit to 27-14 with over five minutes remaining until half. After exchanging back to back to back fumbles between the two teams in a two minute span the Bobcats Vincent eventually hooked up again on a rollout left with Brotherton and this result was a 23 yard TD and a 34-14 lead at the half.

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posticon Lansing MS's Beauty and the Beast

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Lansing Middle School's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Last weekend Lansing Middle School presented 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., with a cast of 113.  The Disney musical chronicles the story of Bell and a Beast, who is actually a young, handsome prince who has been turned into a beast by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and to be loved, the spell will be broken.  But he has to accomplish this before the petals fall from an enchanted rose.  Bell and the Beast gradually fall in love, but must profess their love before it is too late.

Major roles were double cast in last weekend's production, directed by Cynthia Howell and Lucas Hibbard and choreographed by Bella Micale.  These photos are from Friday's performance.

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