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posticon Village Sewer Extension Held Up By Landowners

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cayuga Heights Road

Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill reported Monday that unsigned easements for a new sewer extension are holding up construction.  The project would bring sewer along Cayuga Heights Road in the Village, and also make Sewer District #1 possible in the Town of Lansing.

"The thing that is still a challenge is getting the necessary easements," Hartill said. "We have six that have not been signed yet, of the 14 for the sewer extension, uh, along 34 and Cayuga Heights Road. We have to have those easements almost all in hand before we can bid the project, which means we're really pushing the envelope on the construction season for that kind of project."

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posticon Mall Senior Housing Subdivision Challenged by Deputy Mayor

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Meadows

Lansing Meadows developer Eric Goetzmann and construction manager Jim Bold were back before the Village of Lansing Board of Trustees Monday to ask for rule changes to facilitate a plan to subdivide triplex buildings in the Lansing Meadows project.  About a month ago the pair said that subdividing the properties would facilitate selling the units, rather than renting as the original plan proposed.  On Monday they said the reason for the subdivision was because of water commission rules that allow separate water meters if each unit is in its own parcel, and noted that subdividing would not also mean changes to the building plan for the four buildings being completed or the two other proposed buildings..  But Deputy Mayor Ronny Hardaway exploded with years of frustration, scolding the developer for nearly a decade of changes that Hardaway charged have resulted in a project that is not what the Village agreed to.

"If we have to do it, we have to do it. But personally, I'm going to say no -- no more," Hardaway said. "I can be out voted. That's fine. But my vote on this is so far... no. No more givings. Work harder next time."

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posticon Cornell President Says Reopening Decision is Based on Science

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cornell University Campus Reopening

Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack sent a message to the community Wednesday to attempt to address accusations that the reason for reopening the Ithaca campus are financial, rather than on health grounds.  She said that approximately 20,000 students plan to return to Ithaca, and acknowledged that new cases can be expected.  But she said that would happen even if Cornell does not open its campus.

"As Cornell’s president, I feel acutely our responsibility to safeguard the health and well-being of not only our students, but of our entire community: those who study and work at Cornell, and those living in the region we call home. As we have determined our path forward during this pandemic, I want to be absolutely clear that every one of our decisions has been, and will continue to be, driven by that responsibility, not by our own financial considerations. Rather, we made the choice to reopen based on our finding – counterintuitive though it may be – that an in-person semester is the best possible way for Cornell to limit the spread of the coronavirus, on our campus and across the Ithaca region," she wrote.

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posticon Tompkins County Public Library Makes Census Stations Available

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dominick Recckio Print
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Community members needing to complete their 2020 U.S. Census will have access to computers at the Tompkins County Public Library starting August 11th. The computer stations dedicated to filling out the census will be available from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursday and from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays. Community members do not need a library card to complete their census form, and library staff will be available to direct individuals to the computer stations.

The library’s reopening plan requires separate entrances and exits for staff and patrons. Community members will be asked to enter the building on the south side, through the door just beyond the Ezra Cornell mural on Cayuga St. Please note that masks and six feet of social distancing are required to enter the building and must remain in place for the entire visit. Census takers will disinfect the computer equipment used before and after each use. Sanitizing wipes are at each station.

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posticon Face Coverings Key to Public Transit Rider Confidence

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Patty Poist Print
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The majority of TCAT riders agree with a recently beefed-up state mandate that says that people using public transportation must wear face coverings, a recent survey suggests.  More than 200 people, the majority of whom identified as TCAT riders, responded to an informal online survey TCAT launched in June. The intent of the questionnaire was for TCAT to gauge what safety protocols give riders enough confidence to ride a public bus during the coronavirus pandemic.

In judging each safety measure independently ̶ with one being the most important and six being the least ̶ 133 or 67% gave strict enforcement of the face covering mandate the highest ranking. TCAT has been requiring both riders and bus drivers (unless they are alone while driving) to wear masks or face coverings since April, per an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since that time, TCAT has supplied drivers with masks to hand out to riders in need, but strongly encourages customers to bring their own in case supplies are depleted.

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posticon State Cracking Down on Speeding

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that New York State Police and local law enforcement will be increasing patrols over the next week to crack down on speeding across the state. Unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 34 percent of all fatal crashes from January to May this year, compared to 30 percent of fatal crashes during the same period in 2019, according to data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College.

"Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law and they save lives," said Cuomo. "There is no excuse for driving at high speeds - it's unnecessary and endangers everyone on the road -- and I urge New Yorkers to be smart and slow down because it's not worth risking lives to save a few seconds on your next commute or trip to the store."

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posticon Local Democrats Endorse Candidates

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Tompkins County Democratic Committee Print
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The Tompkins County Democratic Committee announced they are endorsing a full slate of regional Democratic candidates at its July 30th meeting.

  • Leslie Danks-Burke- NYS Senate 58thDistrict
  • Jim Barber- NYS Senate 52st District
  • Anna Kelles- 125thDistrict NYS Assembly
  • Matt Van Houten- Tompkins County District Attorney
  • Seth Peacock- City of Ithaca Judge

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posticon Great American Outdoors Act Signed

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC -- Congressman Tom Reed joined President Donald Trump, Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and lawmakers from the Senate and House Tuesday for the signing of the 'Great American Outdoors Act'.  Reed co-sponsored the legislation, and the Problem Solvers Caucus, which Reed co-chairs, endorsed the bill in July.

“We care about the preservation and conservation of our country’s natural treasures, landmarks, wildlife, and public lands,” said Representative Tom Reed. “By securing annual funding to eliminate a backlog of maintenance at our national parks and historical sites, this legislation will ensure generations of future Americans will be able to enjoy everything our great nation has to offer. We appreciate the administration’s ongoing leadership on this issue and will continue to fight in a bipartisan manner to protect our environment.”

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posticon Rhode Island Added to NYS Travel Advisory

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that an additional state meets the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added state is Rhode Island. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

"Our progress in New York is even better than we expected, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers. Our numbers continue to decline steadily, and for the third straight day in a row, there were no reported deaths in New York City," Cuomo said. "But we must protect that progress, which is why today we are adding another state to our travel advisory. We cannot go back to the hell we experienced just a few months ago - and surging infection rates across the country threaten to bring us back there - so we must all remain vigilant."

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posticon Helming Appointed to Senate Health Committee

News | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt recently announced the appointment of Senator Pam Helming to the Senate Committee on Health. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, Helming will play an integral role in the joint legislative hearings to investigate New York nursing home deaths related to COVID-19.

"It is an honor to be appointed to the Senate Health Committee and I look forward to participating in legislative hearings that will examine what happened in our nursing homes, especially in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early this month, I have been calling for an independent investigation into nursing homes. We must use these hearings to learn where the state went wrong in order to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future. Nursing home residents and their loved ones and friends deserve answers and accountability," Senator Helming said.

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