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June 22, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 24

posticon Power Plant to Repower With Natural Gas

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Cayuga Operating Company

Cayuga Operating company announced today that they have submitted applications to allow them to close a 155 megawatt coal-fired burner in order to repower it with natural, and that plans are still in motion to construct an 18 megawatt, 75 acre solar farm on it's 434-acre site in northwest Lansing, making it one of the largest solar farms in upstate New York.  Company officials say Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be conveyed to the plant by truck, eliminating the need for a gas pipeline  If approved, the conversion will not be paid for at ratepayers' expense.

"We think this is a reasonable and forward looking transition for Cayuga," says Beowulf Energy/Heorot Power Managing Director Michael Enright.  "We're hopeful that in the months ahead we can pursue this with public and political support.  We think transitioning to natural gas and renewables saves local jobs, helps the local tax base, and creates more potential for future economic growth in Tompkins County and the Lansing area."

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posticon Village Considers Cottage Community, But Neighbors Protest

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Boiceville CottagesBoiceville Cottages in Caroline is a similar concept to that of the Beer proposal.

Village Trustees heard a presentation Monday on Lansing Village Cottages, a proposed development that could eventually bring 107 rental cottages, arranged in pocket neighborhoods surrounding small parks on 40 acres of property that was originally slated to house the next phase of Millcroft Homes.  If approved, the development will be developed by Beer Properties, LLC, a local family-owned business that has several properties around Ithaca catering largely to students.  But David beer said the new development would target 55+ year-olds who want to downsize, and live in neighborhoods designed for residents to interact around a common park area.

"We came up with this idea of developing pocket neighborhoods mostly because of my interest after seeing them in our area and other parts of the country," said David Beer.  "Bruno Schickle's Boiceville Cottages is similar, but different.  They aren't focused on pocket parks like our development is.  But you can go out there and get a feel for this kind of density, because density there with one and two bedroom cottages is part of what we're proposing."

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posticon Rainbow Flag Flies Over Lansing

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Pride Month flag flies above Lansing Town Hall

The Lansing Town Board unanimously passed a flag and banner display resolution Wednesday, still in time to honor June as Pride Month.  A flag presented to Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne by Joanne and Deborah Cipolla-Dennis was raised below the American Flag in front of Lansing Town Hall Thursday morning.

"Seeing the Rainbow Flag, a sign of acceptance, love, protection says we care about your experience here.  We notice that you are citizens and that you do need a different kind of leadership and recognition than your heterosexual counterparts," Joanne Cipolla-Dennis told the Town Board before they voted on the resolution.

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posticon Sheriff Needs Help Identifying McDonalds Armed Robbers

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Lansing, NY - On June 19th, 2018 at approximately 12:01 A.M., two subjects entered the McDonalds Restaurant, located at 2350 North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing.

Both subjects displayed handguns and demanded money from the employees. The two subjects exited the restaurant with an unknown amount of cash and fled the area in an unknown direction of travel.

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posticon State Finds Tompkins IDA Transparent, Accountable

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The New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) has released an operational review of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA). The review was conducted between November 2017 and March 2018. The purpose of the review was to assess the transparency and accountability of the TCIDA's operations.

The review found that the TCIDA is generally transparent in its operations. The TCIDA appropriately provides public notices, provides access to information presented at meetings, and posts project information on its web site. Project agreements and other approving documents were found to be in order. The TCIDA also responded appropriately to freedom of information requests.

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