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August 7, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 32

posticon Village Sewer Extension Held Up By Landowners

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Cayuga Heights Road

Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill reported Monday that unsigned easements for a new sewer extension are holding up construction.  The project would bring sewer along Cayuga Heights Road in the Village, and also make Sewer District #1 possible in the Town of Lansing.

"The thing that is still a challenge is getting the necessary easements," Hartill said. "We have six that have not been signed yet, of the 14 for the sewer extension, uh, along 34 and Cayuga Heights Road. We have to have those easements almost all in hand before we can bid the project, which means we're really pushing the envelope on the construction season for that kind of project."

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posticon Mall Senior Housing Subdivision Challenged by Deputy Mayor

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Lansing Meadows

Lansing Meadows developer Eric Goetzmann and construction manager Jim Bold were back before the Village of Lansing Board of Trustees Monday to ask for rule changes to facilitate a plan to subdivide triplex buildings in the Lansing Meadows project.  About a month ago the pair said that subdividing the properties would facilitate selling the units, rather than renting as the original plan proposed.  On Monday they said the reason for the subdivision was because of water commission rules that allow separate water meters if each unit is in its own parcel, and noted that subdividing would not also mean changes to the building plan for the four buildings being completed or the two other proposed buildings..  But Deputy Mayor Ronny Hardaway exploded with years of frustration, scolding the developer for nearly a decade of changes that Hardaway charged have resulted in a project that is not what the Village agreed to.

"If we have to do it, we have to do it. But personally, I'm going to say no -- no more," Hardaway said. "I can be out voted. That's fine. But my vote on this is so far... no. No more givings. Work harder next time."

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posticon Lansing Ranks Among Highest Most Equitable School Districts

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The Lansing Central School District is one of the most equitable districts in New York State according to a new Wallethub analysis.  While it is well known that students from poor families face more challenges than their wealthier counterparts, the analysis shows Lansing is doing quite a lot to even the playing field.  The analysis looked at 675 New York State school districts to see which had the most and least discrepancies between rich and poor students.  Lansing ranked 13th most equitable in the list where lower ranking numbers show the most equitable districts and high numbers the least.

"If we ensure that all school districts have equitable funding, that will help to level the playing field for students in less affluent communities. It will improve graduation rates in previously underfunded districts and lead to greater rates of pursuing higher education and better future incomes,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “College graduates have $460 - $1,154 higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma and no college experience, depending on the degree."

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posticon Tompkins County Clerk Honored As Women of Distinction Nominee

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Maureen ReynoldsPhoto by Debbie Munson

Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds was recognized by NYS Senator Pam Helming Tuesday, in the Finger Lakes Visitors Center in Geneva, NY, as a 2020 Women of Distinction nominee.  Each year the New York State Senate recognizes women who make a positive impact in their communities.  Reynolds was nominated by Lansing Town Clerk Deborah Munson.

"This is an exciting time in women's history! 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage," Helming said. "Because of the brave women that came before us, women living in this great nation have the opportunity to vote and to have our voices heard!"

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posticon Cornell President Says Reopening Decision is Based on Science

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Cornell University Campus Reopening

Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack sent a message to the community Wednesday to attempt to address accusations that the reason for reopening the Ithaca campus are financial, rather than on health grounds.  She said that approximately 20,000 students plan to return to Ithaca, and acknowledged that new cases can be expected.  But she said that would happen even if Cornell does not open its campus.

"As Cornell’s president, I feel acutely our responsibility to safeguard the health and well-being of not only our students, but of our entire community: those who study and work at Cornell, and those living in the region we call home. As we have determined our path forward during this pandemic, I want to be absolutely clear that every one of our decisions has been, and will continue to be, driven by that responsibility, not by our own financial considerations. Rather, we made the choice to reopen based on our finding – counterintuitive though it may be – that an in-person semester is the best possible way for Cornell to limit the spread of the coronavirus, on our campus and across the Ithaca region," she wrote.

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posticon Frozen Desserts Made With Liquor Are Now Legal

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S7013/A8732) Monday authorizing the manufacture and sale of ice cream and other frozen desserts made with liquor in New York State. The legislation will help New York's dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new and innovative products.

"The craft beverage industry has experienced explosive growth in New York and with that comes a responsibility to advance regulations that help ensure long-term viability, protect consumers and provide farmers with opportunities to increase their business," Cuomo said. "This legislation will further grow a burgeoning industry and boost small businesses while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers."

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