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posticon Town Approves Land Sale to Brewery

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Salt Point Brewing Company

It was just a year ago that Salt Point Brewing Company opened its doors in the building owned by and next to the Rogues Harbor Inn.  On Wednesday the Lansing Town Board approved the sale of a 5.4 acre parcel of town land across the street from the Lansing ball fields that will be the first commercial business in the anticipated town center.  Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the company plans to build a brewery and taproom that will take advantage of traffic along State Route 34B, and attract more people to the Lansing Center Trail.

"Imagine you go there, you have dinner and an adult beverage, and you go for a walk on a beautiful trail," said LaVigne. "Talk about win-win. The wetland will be preserved.  So now you have a wetland, you have a path, and you have a nice little business there that wants to relocate from down the road.  It is the anchor of our business district.  It'll be huge."

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posticon 3 Village Trustees to be Elected, 4th to be Appointed

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Village of Lansing is set for some big changes in its government, yet the changes will almost certainly be small.  Mayor Donald Hartill, Trustees Mayor Ronny Hardaway and Patricia O'Rourke are all running for new terms on the Board of Trustees.  And with the resignation of Trustee Gerry Monaghan four of the five board seats are up for grabs.  Except Hartill, Hardaway, and O'Rourke are all running unopposed in next Tuesday's (April 23rd) election.  And Hartill says he will appoint a new trustee to fill out the rest of Monaghan's term to maintain stability in the election schedule.  Hartill said that Monaghan has continued his role on the board until this point in order to allow time to find a suitable replacement, and assure a smooth transition.

"I'm going to appoint a person to fill Gerry's seat," Hartill said Monday. "One of the reasons for the timing was so we wouldn't have four candidates on the ballot, as opposed to three.  Gerry's been very cooperative in agreeing to continue."

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posticon Town Wants Solar Rather than Natural Gas

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cayuga Power Plant

Almost two years ago Cayuga Operating Company announced it would build a 75 acre, 18 megawatt solar farm, which would be one of the largest in New York State.  Last June the company announced a proposal to repower its 155 megawatt coal-fired power plant with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be conveyed to the plant by 25 to 60 trucks per day, eliminating the need for a natural gas pipeline that had proved to be an unpopular option in Tompkins County.

Neither proposal has come to fruition.  The solar farm has reportedly been stalled because of a dearth of potential customers and lack of grants, while the repowering proposal has been put on hold for six to ten months.  While the solar farm has been popular with area residents, the new repowering plan has received almost as much push-back in the community as an earlier proposal that would have required a pipeline.  The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution opposing the plan on November 21, 2018.  And local residents have expressed concern about the safety of trucks full of CNG passing the Lansing school campus on a daily basis, as well as the additional truck traffic close to the schools.

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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County to Purchase North Tioga Street Property
The Tompkins County Legislature has approved purchase of property located a block away from the County's Courthouse Complex, as the potential site of a new County office building and associated parking. The Legislature, by a vote of 12-2 (Legislators Leslyn McBean-Clairborne and Henry Granison dissenting), authorized the County to exercise its purchase option and acquire the adjoining parcels for a purchase price of $1.8 million.

The properties, located at 408 and 412-414 N. Tioga, 111, 113, 117 and 119 Sears Street, over the past few months have been the focus of a feasibility study analysis, assisted by HOLT Architects, to assess whether and how the property might meet the County's office space and parking needs. There is also the potential to subdivide to return residential development to the Sears Street side of the property.

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posticon State Budget Includes $15 Million For Older New Yorkers Programs

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced last week that a historic $15 million investment and groundbreaking policy changes are included in the FY 2020 Enacted Budget to address local unmet needs for community-based services for older New Yorkers. The funding will enable older New Yorkers to remain living independently in their homes and communities of choice and support the nation's first policies to increase access to aging network services for middle income families.

"Every New Yorker - no matter their age - deserves the best shot at a healthy and happy life, and we doubled down on that commitment in this year's budget," Cuomo said. "This funding will support critical services like home delivered meals and case management that will have a tremendous impact on both older adults and caregivers, and continue to position New York as a leader supporting older adults live independent and engaged lives in their communities."

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posticon Bipartisan Caucus Supports U.S. - Israel Relationship

News | Friday, April 19, 2019 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Washington, DC - The Problem Solvers Caucus, Co-Chaired by Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) and Tom Reed (NY-23), voted Monday to formally endorse H. Res. 246, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel.

The Caucus' action, spearheaded by Congressmen Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Steve Watkins (KS-02), unites Democratic and Republican Caucus members behind the effort to denounce the boycott of Israel, and support a two-state solution.

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