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posticon Village Considers Mall Subdivision

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The future of the Shops at Ithaca Mall was before Village of Lansing officials Monday, when Ken Farrall presented an informal review of a plan to subdivide the mall so that larger tenants may purchase their own stores.  Farrall first approached the Village in 2017, but there has been no real progress on the idea.  At Monday's meeting Farrall seemed to be ready to move forward with the plan.  While the Planning Board and Mayor said in 2017 they would entertain creating a Planned Development Area (PDA) to facilitate some zoning tweaks the plan necessitates, Farrall suggested Monday that applying for variances under the existing zoning may make the process go faster.  He said that would also make a plan to dedicate Graham Road West from mall ownership to the Village happen sooner.

"One of the things that, discussing this with with the Mayor, is how do we make this go quickly because (the road dedication) is something that the Village is very interested in having happen," Farrall said. "Maybe we proceed away from the PDA and we submit our variance request. We get our variance requests for the zero lot lines, the front edge... anything else that we may need to proceed with the subdivision.  What that does is it get us done quicker."

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posticon Local Sales Tax Up 6.4%

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Tompkins County Legislature Acting Chairman Mike Sigler (R-Lansing) told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that sales tax revenue is up for last year.  That is good for all the municipalities in the county, including Lansing, which received $1,501,534.56 last year through the end of November.

"We're doing great," Sigler said. "We're up 6.4% compared to a year earlier. People are clearly buying things. We're up 4% for the whole year over 2018 so that's kinda nice. That should help us with our budget next year."

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posticon Comptroller Cautions Fiscal Prudence in School Budgeting

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 1.81 percent for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, down from a 2 percent cap in each of the two previous years, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

"As the levy growth rate dips below 2 percent, school district and municipal officials need to be fiscally cautious and examine where they can limit spending to stay under the cap," DiNapoli said. "Local governments will have to examine their budgets more closely to control expenses."

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posticon State Adds $2 Billion To Combat Climate Change

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday an additional $2 billion in energy efficiency and building electrification initiatives to combat climate change. The New York State Public Service Commission has approved an ambitious set of energy efficiency and electric heat pump targets to dramatically reduce energy consumption in New York. The new targets for investor-owned utilities will bring nearly $2 billion in market-enabling investments to help transform the way New York residents and businesses heat and cool their homes and offices and move towards cleaner and healthier buildings and communities throughout the state. Together with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority and a previous PSC order on efficiency, New York State is now investing over $6.8 billion in energy efficiency and clean heat investments from 2020 through 2025. This historic investment supports New York's Green New Deal strategy and nation-leading mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state by 85 percent by 2050 and achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality.

"Climate change is a real and growing threat to New York's environment and economy and to the health of our people, and we're already experiencing the negative impacts in the form of increased weather related emergencies," Cuomo said. "This historic investment shows we are aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, growing jobs in clean energy industries and protecting our environment for current and future generations."

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posticon Helming Says Make English Official State Language

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Citing the need to promote unity and create a common bond amongst all New York's citizens, Senator Helming will continue her efforts to pass S.163, which would designate English as New York's official language. In prior years, the New York State Legislature has taken action to designate an official state bird, flower, fish, insect, and even a state snack.

"We are a proud nation of immigrants. From across the world, people see the Statue of Liberty and New York as a beacon of hope and freedom. Immigrants travel here with a key bond of embracing liberty and enriching our culture and they make our state stronger. These success stories surround us and our state is known as a place where anything is possible and to dream big. One other key element that binds us as New Yorkers is the English language. By designating it as the official language of our state, we celebrate its unifying impact and encourage its adoption, as it helps bring us together as a state and nation," said Senator Pam Helming.

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posticon Law Allows Adoptees To Obtain Certified Birth Certificate At Age 18

News | Friday, January 17, 2020 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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New York's law allowing adoptees to receive a certified copy of their original, or pre-adoption, birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old will be in effect beginning January 15, 2020. The new law helps ensure that all adult New York adoptees will have the same right to information about their birth and biological parents.

"Every person has the right to know where they come from, and this new law grants all New Yorkers the same unrestricted rights to their original birth records," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "After years of being denied this basic human right, adoptees will finally be able to obtain critical information about their origins, family histories and medical backgrounds."

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