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October 18, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 39

posticon Lansing Election 2019 - Supervisor

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Ed LaVigneIncumbent Ed LaVigne (R) Michael Koplinka-LoehrChallenger Michael Koplinka-Loehr (D)
Click on the graphic above to read each candidate's interview.

For years I have interviewed candidates in contested local elections in what became my "ten questions" interviews.  I have long felt that was too many questions.  But I never was able to pare them down.  This year I was determined to be more succinct, so I set a goal of asking the candidates five questions.  I almost made it -- I came up with six that I think are essential to deciding on who to vote for in this year's Town Supervisor and Town Board elections.

Here's how it works.  All candidates for the same office are asked the same questions (so six questions for the two Supervisor candidates, and another six for the four Town Board candidates).  No candidate is alerted beforehand on what the questions are, and none are told what other candidates have answered.  So the questions are the same but the answers are different, allowing you to decide which candidate's answers best align with you.  The transcripts are almost verbatim -- there are a few grammatical corrections, or consolidation of redundancies, but if you could hear the interviews while reading the transcripts you would be satisfied that the candidates actually said what has been transcribed.

My hope is that these comparative interviews are a good tool for you as you decide who to vote for.  It is intended to highlight the candidates in their own words.  The Lansing Star does not and never has endorsed candidates because we feel you should be able to make your own decisions based on what you learn about the individual candidates.

In today's issue we are featuring the interviews of the two Town Supervisor Candidates.  Next week we will have the Town Board candidate interviews, while continuing to make this week's interviews easily available through election day.  Click on the photos above to read each candidate's responses.
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posticon Salmon Creek Bridges to Be Replaced

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Salmon Creek Bridge

Two bridges that span Salmon Creek are slated for replacement, but deterioration of the bridge on Route 34B has caused the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to make repairs earlier than the bridge can be replaced.  Earlier this month Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso released a statement saying the weight limit had been reduced to 9 tons, and soon afterward it had been raised to 18 tons, but the DOT would be implementing alternating one-way operation to allow for the greater weight.  At the Lansing Town Board meeting Wednesday Councilman Joe Wetmore provided an update  the upcoming replacement of the two bridges, and the repairs on the Route 34B bridge.

"My understanding is that they should be doing repair work on it right now," Wetmore said. "They're hoping to have that done by mid-November.  The bridge is slated for replacement starting in 2021.  They should have contracts in place by the fall of 2020.  They're hoping to start construction in the Spring of 2021."

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posticon Anonymous Accusations Spark Heated Squabble Prior to Elections

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Lansing Town Board

An anonymous accusation that Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne's vote to approve a one year delay in the construction of a community center at the Village Solars project was influenced by the developers' contribution to the Lansing Republican Committee was a topic of contention Wednesday at the Lansing Town Board meeting.  After seven members of the public spoke in the public meeting, and a closed 'executive session' at which board members and the Town attorney discussed the allegations, LaVigne, whose supporters have characterized the anonymous flyer that was distributed as a 'smear campaign', said he would fight the accusation.

Thursday morning LaVigne said, ""I volunteered to go before the Ethics Board to clear my name.  I'm innocent."

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posticon Hydrilla Treated at Lansing Marina

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Finger Lakes Marina

Since the discovery of hydrilla at Finger Lakes Marine’s marina in early August, a region-wide team of experts has developed a rapid response plan for treatment, in cooperation with the owners of Finger Lakes Marine Service LLC and public agencies. A team from Solitude Lake Management LLC applied Harpoon Granular, a copper-based herbicide, Wednesday, to five acres within the enclosed marina area and an adjacent linked small pond.

"The treatment was completed yesterday morning by 11am," Glenn Sullivan of Solitude Lake Management said Thursday. "Only the Finger Lakes Marina and adjacent pond was treated, not the park marina. That treatment went well and without issues. I’m on my way to Ithaca now to collect the 24 hour post-treat samples."

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posticon 1.5M Lansing Fire District Budget Approved

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Lansing Fire District

Lansing Fire Commissioners approved the 2020 $1,494,487 budget Tuesday after a public hearing at which no one spoke.  While the tax levy has risen slightly from this year's budget, District Treasurer George Gesslein says the tax rate will actually decrease.

"We make sure the chiefs have what they need within reason," said Fire Commissioner Larry Creighton. "They have been very good with controlling the budget."

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Marriage License Fee Waived

The Lansing Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday to waive the marriage license fee for couples when either party is an active military member.  The new law augments a state law waving New York State's portion of the fee.

"On August 20th Governor Cuomo signed a bill amending the Domestic Relations Law and waiving the state portion of the fee levied when someone applies to a town clerk for a marriage license, explained Lansing Town Clerk Debbie Munson. "Part of the fee stays with the town and part of the fee goes to New York State. Governor Cuomo waived the state portion if either party is an active member of the military.  Towns and cities may elect to waive their portion of the marriage license fee."

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posticon Varsity Football Wins a Close One

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Anticipation was in the air when the undefeated Crusaders of Elmira Notre (END) came to take on the undefeated Bobcats of Lansing football team. Anticipation is to forecast, to predict or expect. An intangible for playmaking ability and outcomes is good anticipation. Each team had moments of good anticipation but the playmaking tallied positive to the home team ledger.

END intercepted a ball in their end zone preventing an early Lansing touchdown and eventually took a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. A sack for Lansing Jr defensive end Gabe Santiago was his first in a big night. Santiago and his offensive and defensive line mates rose up to the biggest challenge of the season to help the running attack. Tailback Brad Lehr did some mid field gains while QB Ben Vincent used his 6th gear speed to cap a 44 yard drive with a 10 yard run.

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Stanley 'Stosh' BurkeStanley 'Stosh' Burke (center) was honored Wednesday Mary Burke (left) holds a framed resolution that was presented by Councilman Doug Dake (right)

Stan 'Stosh' Burke was honored Wednesday at the October Lansing Town Board meeting when the Town Board unanimously passed a resolution acknowledging his military service and lifelong participation in the Lansing community.  A lifelong Lansing resident, born in Ludlowville in 1932.  Burke was a US Marine in the Korean war.  Councilman Doug Dake read the resolution aloud before presenting a framed copy of it to Burk.

"I knew Stan and I want to thank Marion George for bringing up his name, as well as Gus Isaacs, as distinguished citizens of Lansing that not only fought in the Korean War, but also World War II," Dake said. "They are part of the greatest generation.  Our right to speak freely now is partly their doing."

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Apple Card

Apple likes to think of itself as a re-imaginer.  The most recent paradigm changing product, the Apple Card, was introduced in August.  While there is a physical credit card, the Apple Card is mainly a virtual card, and while it can be used in traditional ways, it offers new ways to pay for things and manage your credit card account... if you have an iPhone with fingerprint or face recognition.  Like most people, I suppose, I have more credit cards than I really want to have, but curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to see what this newfangled credit card is all about.

To apply, open the Wallet app, and click on the plus sign (+) to add a card to your wallet.  Apple Card is a choice.  Tap that.  Click the Continue button.  Most of your information is pre-filled from your AppleID. A screen shows what your credit limit will be, APR and fees.  Click Accept Apple Card.  There is a slight delay while your application is considered by the issuing bank (Goldman Sachs) and (one hopes) you see that you have been approved.  You can immediately begin using your Apple Card, assuming it was approved, of course.

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