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May 29, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 22

posticon Lansing Asks for Parks and Trailways Master Plan Proposals

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While Lansing's Town Recreation programs are closed according to state coronavirus guidance, updates to town parks have been progressing. Field maintenance and new donated turf in the two batting cages is being done. Restrooms in the parks will be open during the day, and several of the pavilions at Meyers Park are getting electrical upgrades and new lighting. Security camera installation at Myers Park has begun, and Kayak storage spaces are almost sold out.

But Town of Lansing Parks & Rec. Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell and Lansing Director of Planning C.J. Randall have a much bigger vision, not just for Myers Park, but for parks and trails in the town as a whole. In addition to continuing to try to get funding for a Myers Park Master Plan, the pair have been working with the Town's Parks, Recreation and Trails Committee to create a Request For Proposals (RFP) that could expand the town's park and trail systems, and potentially join town trails with those in the Village. This Month the Town Board approved the issuance of the RFP that will result in another Master Plan called the 'Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan'.

"A lot of hard work and time went into preparing this RFP, many thanks to C.J. and our committee members," Tyrrell says. "My hope is that we will get this plan in place relatively soon to be able to apply for several different sources of funding. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Lansing Parks & Recreation."

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posticon Tompkins County Begins Phase Two Reopening 

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LATE BREAKING NEWS...

 

According to an announcement Friday from Governor Cuomo, Tompkins County, as part of the Southern Tier Region, can begin phase two of reopening as of 1:00pm Friday, 5/29. The delayed reopening was in response to a further review of COVID-19 data by public health experts. 

 

Phase two industries include:

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posticon Coronavirus Sale Tax Losses May Impact Road Maintenance

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One of the COVID-19 issues raised at the May Town Board meeting was how lower-that-estimated sales tax revenue will impact the Town of Lansing Highway Department. The two main functions of the Highway Department are plowing and road maintenance, including paving. Councilman Joseph Wetmore raise the question of anticipated sales tax loss may specifically impact road projects.

"We've done the projections with the road improvements for instance," replied Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "(Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell) has come up with a contingency plan that if he needs to shave some of that down, he can. So we reviewed some of that already. Once again, we'll see where the sales tax goes. We may take a hit. We do have 8.4 months of sales tax between the B and the DB in our fund balance policy rather than six months. So we have a bit of a surplus there."

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posticon NY Congressmen Optimistic about Less Devastating COVID-19 Second Wave

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Congress passed the largest stimulus package in US history last March, to the tune of $2.3 trillion. US Representatives Tom Suozzi (D, 3rd District) and Tom Reed (R, 23rd District) talked about upcoming aid packages being considered in Washington at a press conference hosted Wednesday morning by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). Reed and Suozzi agreed in general about the need for further aid, though they disagreed on some of the details. But when asked about how the federal government is planning for a second wave of COVID-19, both said that after experiencing this disastrous first wave they hope that a reemergence of the virus this winter would not cause the same level of disruption.

"There's going to be a definite second wave of the virus hitting again. I think that what we have to do is learn as much as possible, do as much as possible, change our behavior as much as possible between now and then so it doesn't become the crisis that we just went through," Suozzi said. "That means we have to wear our masks. That means we have to do social distancing. That means we have to be much more careful than we were this first time around."

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posticon Gatherings of 10 or Fewer Allowed

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On May 22 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order 202.10, which allows limited gatherings of 10 or less. Tompkins County health officials urged the public to continue to stay vigilant, and if you choose to gather in a group of 10 or less, to do so safely and with caution.

"To stop the spread of the disease, keep six feet of distance between you and others, wear your face covering, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water," said Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. "Thanks to the efforts of County residents staying home and following local and State guidance, the spread of COVID-19 has been slowed and lives have been saved."

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posticon Governor, Congressmen Look for More Federal COVID-19 Aid

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on the U.S. Senate Wednesday to pass a coronavirus relief bill that helps all Americans and provides unrestricted fiscal support for states. The next bill should focus on funding state and local governments, working families, state testing and tracing efforts and a real economic stimulus with no handouts to corporations who do not protect their workers and only enrich executives or shareholders. The House of Representatives has already passed a bill that includes $500 billion for states and $375 billion for locals; Medicaid funding for the most vulnerable; increased SNAP food assistance; 100 percent FEMA federal assistance; funding for testing; and repeals SALT cap to help states most affected by COVID-19.

In a press conference Wednesday Congressman Tom Reed (R- 23rd NY Congressional District) accused Cuomo of sitting on $5 billion that Reed said should have been distributed to the state's counties. He said he predicts a new bill will take distribution of the federal aid out of the Governor's hands, with the federal government distributing it directly to counties and municipalities.

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posticon Lansing Native Graduates From the U.S. Naval Academy

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Annapolis, Md. –Joseph Koch of Lansing N.Y. successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical, and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, May 22, with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a commission as a U.S. Navy Ensign. He is a graduate of Lansing High School. At the academy, Koch was a member of the Men's Swimming and Diving Team for 2 years and recipient of the 2020 Captain Edward L. Beach Jr. Naval & Military History Award.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

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posticon COVID-19 Apps -- Do We Need Them?

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No matter what impacts our lives in any way, there is likely to be an app for whatever it might be.  So it should be no surprise that smart phone users have a choice of apps to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Search the App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play store on your Android phone and you'll see what I mean.  But do we really need an app for this?

I went by the customer ratings.  An app developed by Apple got the highest rating on the iOS App Store.  It is a phone app version of Apple's COVID-19 Screening Tool that is also available on the Apple website.  The app was developed in cooperation with the CDC, the White House, FEMA, and the State of New York.

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