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posticon Planning Board To Decide on Village Cottages

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Lansing Village Cottages developers were back for another round with the Village of Lansing Planning Board Monday, to try to come to some agreement on whether or not the board will recommend a Planned Development Area (PDA) for their unique plan.  If approved the development could include up to 105 small cottages arranged in pocket neighborhoods over 41 acres of land between Craft Road and Millcroft Way.  The main hurdle is getting the Planning Board's recommendation for a PDA, which board members have been resistant to, saying that only two PDAs have ever been allowed in 40 years of the Village's history.

"When we read the section of the PDA description I came away thinking somebody must have written this with our plan in mind," said Beer Properties, LLC's Steven Beer. "It really seems that the description fits our proposal quite nicely.  Why a PDA?  For the innovative type of proposal that we are presenting to you."

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posticon Repair Shop Zoning To Change Back To Commercial

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The intersection of Ridge and Myers Roads has long been an area of concern because of the danger to school children from cars speeding from the northwest.  More recently the corner has become controversial because of zoning.  In July the Town Planning Board recommended that a parcel with an auto repair shop be rezoned from L1 (Lakeshore) to B1 (Commercial Mixed Use) along with four other small zoning 'adjustments'.  But in October when the Town Board passed them into law the repair shop parcel was missing.  The Board may change zoning for the parcel next month after reconsidering the change Wednesday.

"I understand the zoning is still being worked on and there may be some need for it to be contiguous with the other business zones," said Councilwoman Katrina Binkewicz. "But I think an error was made and we should give (owner Karl Kohlenberg) a formal commitment to being a garage as we go forward."

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posticon Milton Meadows Purchases Land From Town of Lansing

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cornerstone group of Rochester closed on 13.5 acres of Lansing town land October 31st, paving the way for their Milton Meadows Apartments project.  the project will be partially subsidized with preference given to veterans.  the developers paid the Town of Lansing $337,500 for the land, which will be the site of Phase 1 of the project that could expand to 22 acres total if a second phase is realized later.  Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the Town is getting the word out to people who may be eligible for the subsidized apartments in the complex.

"Now comes the part to get the word out that people will have a number to call," he said Wednesday.  "Veterans will have the first consideration, but anyone that qualifies will be considered.  We're posting it now to get the word out."

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posticon Governor Urges Caution As Large Snow Storm Approaches New York

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged New Yorkers yesterday to prepare for cold and blustery weather moving across the state starting Thursday and ending on Friday afternoon. The storm system moving along the East Coast could bring accumulations of four to eight inches with higher amounts in the southern Adirondacks. New Yorkers should also expect to see slushy and icy conditions during the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Drivers are being urged to travel with extreme caution as the system has the potential to create difficult road conditions.

"Early winter weather is moving through the state this week and I urge New Yorkers to be prepared and to use caution when driving due to reduced visibility and possible black ice," Governor Cuomo said. "We are watching these weather systems and stand ready to assist our local partners as needed."

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posticon Committee Approves Recommendation on Future of Cayuga Power Plant

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature listened to an hour-and-a-half of public comment last Friday, then reached a recommendation to advance to the Legislature regarding the future of the Cayuga Power Plant.

Legislators, by a vote of 4-1 (Legislator Deborah Dawson dissenting) approved one of two alternate resolutions—one that urges the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) to reject the Cayuga Operating Company’s proposal to convert to natural gas, and also urges the Governor to support Cayuga’s transition to renewable energy and energy storage. The Committee acted on that position, instead of a proposed alternate that would have urged the DEC to determine that the Cayuga proposal may create the potential for significant adverse environmental impact, and to require a full Environmental Impact Statement and formal public scoping process, which solicits input from all impacted communities.

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posticon $262 Million In 'BRIDGE NY' Funding

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday more than $262.2 million in enhanced funding has been awarded to municipal governments to accelerate the renewal and modernization of local bridges and culverts. As part of the State's BRIDGE NY initiative, these awards will fund 165 individual projects in 95 communities across the State. This funding builds on the $300 million in enhanced assistance made available to municipal governments for accelerated bridge and culvert projects since 2015.

"Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to our economic prosperity and the safety of New Yorkers and visitors alike," Governor Cuomo said. "By providing Bridge NY funding to local governments in every region of the State, we are ensuring bridges and culverts remain safe and reliable and continue supporting economic growth for decades to come."

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posticon Mitrano Announces 2020 Bid For Congress

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By - Print
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Penn Yan - 2018 Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) announced today that she will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for the district's seat in the House of Representatives.

"Running for Congress over the last sixteen months was the honor of a lifetime." Mitrano said. "My 2018 campaign was about so much more than me—it was about the families, farmers, students, and seniors in this district who deserve better than they're getting.

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posticon Sigler in Solidarity With Myrick Over Old Library

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By - Print
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County Legislator and voting member of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency Mike Sigler says he stands in solidarity with Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick in regards to asbestos remediation at the Old Library.

"While I trust the Department of Environmental Conservation will do its job professionally, I also recognize that this construction is in the Mayor's city, directly impacting his constituents. If he has reason to lack faith in the DEC to protect these folks, I stand with him so that his faith can be restored," said Sigler. I support the DEC's work and recognize the top quality of their work, but I also understand the agency needs the full faith of the mayor. I still look at the city building a park at Ithaca Falls, when it was unclear that site was free from lead and which the DEC later found was still contaminated."

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posticon Executive Order To Support NYS As First Age-Friendly State

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order Wednesday that directs state agencies to include New York State Prevention Agenda priorities and the AARP/World Health Organization eight domains of livability for age-friendly communities, where appropriate, into federal and state plans, and agency policies, procedures, and procurements.

"New York is committed to creating thriving communities that support and attract people of all ages, and this executive order will continue to maximize our efforts as the first age-friendly state in the country," Cuomo said. "Incorporating age-friendly smart growth principles into the fabric of state government will support community development and improve the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers."

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posticon County Legislature Highlights

News | Friday, November 16, 2018 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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Tompkins County 2019 Budget Adopted
Concluding a process that started at the beginning of September, the Tompkins County Legislature tonight adopted the County's 2019 budget and the 2019-2023 Tompkins County Capital Program. The budget was approved by unanimous vote.

The $187.5 million budget, which includes $90.6 million in net local spending, increases the County tax levy by 1.54% and represents an increase in local spending of 3.55%. The tax rate of $6.41 per thousand is down by 17 cents (-2.58%) from 2018, representing an increase of $14.63 in the tax bill for the median-valued $185,000 county home. The levy increase falls below the County's tax cap of approximately 9.59%, as calculated by New York State.

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