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posticon Village Puts The Kibosh On Cottages

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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After close to six months of deliberation the Village of Lansing Planning Board said no to a Planned Development Area (PDA) that would have facilitated construction of Lansing Village Cottages, a project that would have included 97 rental units in 84 buildings, most of them small cottages, grouped in pocket neighborhoods around shared green space.  But Planning Board Chair Lisa Schleelein said the proposal didn't meet four of the eight objectives in Village code defining PDAs,

"The Village of Lansing was founded essentially because of the desire for protections provided by establishing a zoning code," she said. "The Village history underscores the seriousness of creating a PDA.  In the 40 years since the Village was founded there have been numerous requests for PDAs, but only two have been approved.  And there's a very good reason for this.  It's a very serious decision and it's complicated.  It's a law change and a creation of a brand new zone and district.  There must be a very clear and compelling reason for creating a PDA, because once it's created it can't be revoked."

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posticon Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Responds to Bomb Threat

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport received a bomb threat at approximately 1PM yesterday (Thursday), one of many businesses, institutions, and other airports nationwide that received a bomb threat today.

In accordance with its emergency plan, the Airport immediately notified the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and Federal authorities. Safety and security of Airport passengers and tenants was the top priority.

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posticon Lansing Schools Attack Bullying

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing School officials have been paying a lot of attention to bullying and how the school social climate can be improved, partly in response to the suicide of former Lansing student Will Czymmek a day before he would have turned 18, partly because of Beth Hogan Callister's demand last September that district personnel enact more effective responses to bullying incidents, partly because bullying has become a major topic state-wide and across the US, and finally because that is what school districts are supposed to do.  A series of surveys were distributed among district residents recently to get a handle on how bad the issue is, and a 'School Climate and Culture Improvement Initiative' has resulted in a task force and discussions across the Lansing campus.

"We've been talking about this comprehensively," Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said at Monday's Board of Education meeting. "We have curriculum and things on how to improve climate and culture in each building.  And we're looking at it for our facilities about improvements and program.  So it's really a district-wide K-12 initiative.  We'll have to embed this into our planning and our goals as we move forward.  It's there, but I would like to include a specific goal for school culture and climate improvement.  You'll see that more and more for school districts because it's a state initiative."

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posticon Neo-Nazi Fliers Discovered At SUNY Purchase

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By -Staff Print
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Up to 16 Nazi-themed posters were discovered on and around the Humanities building at SUNY Purchase last Sunday. University Police said the flyers were found in multiple locations around the campus. They featured pictures of Adolph Hitler and swastikas. The line "Don't be stupid, be a smarty/Come and join the Nazi Party" from Mel Brooks' satirical motion picture, 'The Producers', is printed on the posters.  Sunday was the last day of Hanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights that celebrates the the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC.

"I am disgusted by the discovery of neo-Nazi material at SUNY Purchase today," Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday. "In New York, we will not tolerate the toxic social dynamic that is spreading like a cancer across the country and fueling hateful material like the neo-Nazi fliers that were found on this campus. I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to assist in the investigation into these fliers. Those behind this noxious act should know that these fliers, far from inciting fear, will only harden our resolve to combat hate in all its forms. We will not cower in the face of hate. While they spread fear, we will spread love."

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posticon Wage Disparity Study Bill Signed Into Law

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Office of Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton Print
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Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125) announced today that her bill authorizing a state study on wage disparities among public employees (A2549) has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Specifically, the legislation would direct the President of the New York State Civil Service Commission to publish a report evaluating the presence of wage disparities among public employees in relation to job titles segregated by gender and race/ethnicity. Lifton said the legislation is important because it will deliver critical data that can be used to address wage disparities based on the equivalent value of employment.

"We have made significant progress as a society in narrowing the wage gap over the last few decades, but despite these landmark efforts, inequities still exist," said Lifton. "Nationally, women earn 80%, on average, of what men earn, and this gap widens even further when you factor in race. There are many reasons why eliminating this gap makes sense. Wage disparities can have very negative long-term impacts, not just for the workers themselves, but also for their children and families."

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posticon Farm Bill Passes in the House of Representatives

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By -Staff Print
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Washington, DC - Congressman Tom Reed voted to send the Farm Bill Wednesday to the President's desk in order to help small dairy farmers when milk prices are low, legalize the production of hemp and ensure a safety net is available for our friends and neighbors when they fall upon hard times.

"This farm bill not only supports our hardworking farmers we care about, but also ensures our families are given a fair hand up when they fall upon hard times," Reed said. "And as always, we are proud to continue our efforts to ensure increased funding and standards for rural broadband access."

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posticon County Launches New Electronic Benefit Card

News | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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As part of a Statewide rollout, Tompkins County launched eWIC in October 2018. As an electronic benefits transfer card or debit card, eWIC eliminates paper checks and provides a more convenient way for families in the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) to shop for WIC foods. The new eWIC technology also allows families to roll over any unused benefits from a shopping trip toward future purchases during the same month.

Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director states, "We are excited to bring this vital benefits program online for Tompkins County families. We hope eWIC will make the shopping experience easier and more accessible for families."

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