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posticon Town Center Filling In, Space Still Available

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says the first lottery to fill subsidized apartments in the Milton Meadows project was held Wednesday, but it's not too late to apply.  That is just one of the projects that, after years of discussion, is now starting to fill out the  Town Center area in South Lansing.  In addition to the 72 unit Milton Meadows project, Salt Point Brewery is poised to close on 3 1/2 acres closer to State Route 34B, and the old Egan's Market building behind the Rogues Harbor Inn may be turned into a sort of health and fitness mall.

The road from 34B to Milton Meadows has had its first coat of pavement applied, and a sidewalk leads to the new development.  LaVigne says the final paving will be completed after the buildings are complete.

"They won't put the top coat on until the buildings in the back are done," he says. "That way they don't beat up the road with heavy machines."

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posticon State Announces Future Grid Challenge To Modernize New York's Electric Grid

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday the first round of funding for the $15 million Future Grid Challenge, a program to help solve technical challenges utilities face with energy transmission and distribution when integrating renewable energy resources into New York's electric grid. Modernizing the grid supports the Governor's nation-leading mandate for 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and a carbon-free power grid by 2040 as included in the historic climate legislation that was just passed by the legislature, the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

"New York is leading the fight against climate change and prioritizing more resiliency and reliability during extreme weather events," Cuomo said. "These investments will add renewables such as wind and solar to create a grid of the future that serves the needs of communities across the state and drives us toward a clean, fully carbon-free power grid."

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posticon Equal Pay Legislation Signed at World Champion U.S. Women's Soccer Team Parade

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday signed into law legislation that expands equal pay laws to prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work (S5248B/A8093A), and forbids employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history (S6549/A5308B). Cuomo also called on U.S. Soccer to pay the women's national team the same as the men's national team. The Governor signed the measures, a key component of his 2019 Women's Justice Agenda, at the ticker-tape parade celebrating the world champion U.S. Women's Soccer Team. These actions build on common sense measures championed by the Governor this year, including rape shield protections for victims of sex trafficking, enhancing workplace sexual harassment laws and funding a community college program that will help single moms move out of poverty.

"There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid. These are women's soccer players, they play the same game as the men's soccer players, and they play it better - so if there is any economic rationale, the men should get paid less than the women," Cuomo said. "New York will continue to lead the way forward and stand in solidarity with women and girls in every corner of this state. By signing this legislation, we are not only doing the right thing, we are also doing the moral thing and equal pay for equal work is now the law in the State of New York."

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posticon $350 Million For Water System Upgrades Statewide

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $350 million is now available through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect public health or improve water quality. The Governor also announced that New York's Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, has accepted the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council's recommendations for maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane, and has directed the Department to begin the regulatory process for adopting these enforceable standards. The levels of 10 parts per trillion for PFOA and 10 parts per trillion for PFOS are the most protective in the nation. The standard of 1 part per billion for 1,4-dioxane is the nation's first-ever level set for that contaminant. Once adopted, the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Environmental Conservation will closely coordinate with the Department of Health to help fund and remediate water systems that test above the new maximum contaminant levels.

"We're proposing the most protective levels in the nation for three emerging contaminants to ensure we are regularly testing and fixing water systems before they ever rise to a public health risk in any part of the state," Cuomo said. "New York State will continue to lead in the absence of federal action by ensuring all residents have access to clean drinking water and by investing in critical projects to assist municipalities in treating these emerging contaminants."

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posticon Bill Banning Sale of Kratom to Minors Passes NYS Senate

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming announced Tuesday that legislation she co-sponsors, which would ban the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 21, passed the Senate this year. Nearly identical legislation Helming wrote, which would ban the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 18, passed the Senate unanimously last year. However, neither of these bills came up for a vote in the Assembly. These bills would amend the public health law to define and regulate kratom as well as direct the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of kratom.

"For nearly three years, I have spoken with officials in law enforcement, emergency services, public health, education, prevention and treatment services, and other areas, as well as individuals and families struggling with addiction. The addiction crisis continues to plague our communities and devastate our families, and we must work together as a community to find solutions to address this problem. Since learning about the possible risks of kratom during the two Tall Cop Says Stop presentations in our community, I have heard growing concern over the potential risks of using kratom because of its similarities to heroin and opioids. It is important that we regulate and control its sale to minors until we know more about its potential dangers. This bipartisan legislation shows that we take the addiction crisis seriously and want to stop it from spreading. With one-party control of our state government, I was hopeful that this would be the year the Assembly brought this important legislation to the floor for a vote. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing this critical legislation in the Senate urge the Governor and our counterparts in the Assembly to support it next year," Helming said.

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posticon 300,000+ New Yorkers Trained For Emergencies

News | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than 300,000 New Yorkers have received training through the Citizen Preparedness Corps. Established in 2014 under the leadership of Cuomo, the Citizen's Preparedness Corps provides the tools and resources necessary for preparing New Yorkers for any type of disaster so they respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

"Through this comprehensive training, New Yorkers across the state can learn to respond effectively in a crisis," Cuomo said. "No one can predict when the next disaster may happen, but with this training, we can ensure families and communities are prepared for any emergency."

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