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posticon Lansing Asks for Parks and Trailways Master Plan Proposals

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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 

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Tompkins County Administration Print
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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

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By -Staff Print
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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 Lower Than Expected Census Response May Impact Representation

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Dominick Recckio Print
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Due to the coronavirus, 2020 census data will be calculated and returned on a later-than-normal schedule and are not expected until mid 2021. One of the implications of the late returns is on local redistricting for elections. The Tompkins County Legislature is considering how best to adjust term lengths around the return of this data in order to most accurately represent districts by total population. The redistricting process ensures that residents receive adequate representation in our County Legislature.

Legislator Amanda Champion shared options for adjusted terms at the May 19th legislature meeting. One option would be to maintain the current election cycle, with the next election for four-year terms happening in 2021, based on the current legislative districts. Another option being considered is to change the upcoming 2021 elections from four-year to two-year terms and to return to four-year terms in 2023 after new district lines are drawn based on the Census data. Options will be discussed at the next Government Operations Committee meeting on June 4th before a recommendation moves to the full Legislature.

“This impacts our county, our residents, and anyone else who wants to run for office,” said.

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

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By -Staff Print
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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 Individuals Not Wearing Masks May Be Denied Entry

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order yesterday, authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The Executive Order builds on the state's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.

Cuomo also announced a partnership with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock, who will help New York State build communication and education on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing and the availability of testing and healthcare in the state.

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posticon Legislators Demand Answers On Nursing Home Crisis

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Last Friday, Congressman Tom Reed and a group of state lawmakers issued a public letter demanding New York Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Health respond to a series of inquiries regarding nursing home orders over the last three months.

In light of the death toll at nursing homes across New York and mounting concern over the Governor's ongoing failure to explain controversial and contradictory changes to the state’s nursing home policies, it is critical that the public hear why the state issued the policy guidance it has. The meeting request was made after repeated attempts to schedule discussions with the state were ignored.

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posticon ICSD Board Approves New School Year End Dates

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By ICSD Print
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On Thursday, May 21, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved a modification for an early end to the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

Along with other districts in the region, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo's executive order requiring remote instruction through the April spring break, the ICSD is positioned to end the school year approximately one week early.

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posticon Over 300 Communities Have Earned Clean Energy Community Designation

News | Friday, May 29, 2020 | By NYSERDA Print
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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced Tuesday that more than 300 communities across the state have earned the Clean Energy Community designation, completing more than 1,700 total high-impact clean energy actions. The designation recognizes community leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs, and driving clean energy, all of which are advancing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal – the nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda putting New York on the path to a carbon-free power grid by 2040 and a carbon-neutral economy.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under his unwavering leadership, Governor Cuomo is empowering more local communities to join in the State’s efforts to reduce statewide emissions and combat climate change through programs like this. Congratulations to all the Clean Energy Communities across New York for taking on a leadership role with these significant actions to reduce their energy use and costs while helping to support New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals.”

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