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May 22, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 21

posticon The Lansings Cautiously Reopen Municipal Halls

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Tompkins County qualified for Phase 1 of reopening a week ago, prompting the Town and Village of Lansing to make hasty preparations for a moderate reopening of their municipal halls.  Offices will be opened on a limited basis, and both municipalities are installing plexiglass barriers on offices as quickly as they can get them delivered.  New rules are in place for employee safety, as well as for the safety of the public.  Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said Wednesday that in addition to the plastic 'transaction windows' free face masks will be available so the public can safely conduct business inside the building.

"We've always talked in the past about the health and security for our employees," LaVigne said. "This ensures that now also because if this virus comes back, we have put these things in place to protect our employees. All the doors are locked. We'll have one of these transaction windows for the Code Office. We also have one for the Supervisor's Office, one for the Rec Department. So all those offices will be locked. "

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posticon Lansing School Board Passes $31.5M Budget

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The Lansing Board of Education unanimously passed a $31,554,110 Monday for the 2020-21 school year. Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said that no layoffs will be necessary because of retirements, not back filling all vacant positions, and moving some teachers into different areas to keep them employed.  But School Business Administrator Kate Heath warned that many uncertainties caused by the coronavirus lockdown could significantly impact the budget.

"We do not know what school will look like in September, we don't know what guidelines and requirements will be put in place and what the financial impact of those might be," Heath said. "We are not sure of what our state aid cuts will actually come in at. We don't know the timing state aid. Will that be on the normal schedule or will it be delayed and we don't currently know the budget vote turnout or results."

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posticon Myers Park Camping Closed Until Further Notice

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Camping at Myers Park and all Lansing Recreation programs are closed until further notice.  Parks & Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell had previously hoped to be able to open the park camping area for Memorial Day, but at Wednesday's Town Board meeting he said that rules governing the COVID-19 lockdown have prevented opening the camping area at this time.  Councilmember Joseph Wetmore noted that refunds have been issued to people who had made camping reservations, and Tyrrell said that no new reservations are being accepted until he knows for sure that camping will be permitted. 

"We have shut down our (online) reservation system for now until we can actually know for sure that we're going to open June 1st," he said. "Until that changes, until we hear from the Health Department and we have our permit in hand, we're going to leave that down for now."

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posticon Lansing Schools to Deliver and Pick Up

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Have you ever seen a detective show where the police find an empty home, but the food on the table is still hot and a cup of coffee is steaming? That is what the Lansing school buildings are like right now. Getting personal items back to students and school property back to the schools is one of the logistical problems district officials are working on solving.

"Sometimes you walk around the school and it literally looks like people just left one day and didn't come back. There are lockers filled with things and there are a lot of things in the lost and found," Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso told the Board of Education Monday evening.

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posticon Rheonix Testing Equipment Increases Local Testing Capacity

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A resolution brought forward by Legislator Shawna Black (D-Ithaca) and seconded by Deborah Dawson (D-Lansing) Tuesday to approve the purchase of equipment to run tests for COVID-19 locally at Cayuga Medical Center passed unanimously (14-0). Tompkins County officials expect the purchase to be reimbursable by FEMA disaster relief aid.

Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health System joined the meeting to answer questions. Dr. Stallone shared that with the procurement of additional machines, Cayuga Health System will be able to increase the daily capacity to thousands of COVID-19 tests. This purchase is part of a larger vision to support the eventual widescale community reopening and will allow Cayuga Health System to accurately and rapidly detect prevalence of the disease in Tompkins County.

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posticon Horse Racing Tracks Statewide and Watkins Glen Allowed to Open

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Saturday that horse racing tracks across the state and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1st. He said the state would issue guidance on how they can open safely reopen this week.

There are four Thoroughbred tracks and seven Standardbred (harness) horse racing tracks in the state, including Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park Racetrack, Vernon Downs Casino & Racing, Monticello Raceway, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, Batavia Downs Gaming, and Buffalo Raceway, among others.  Both kinds of track feature pari-mutuel and off-track wagering.

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