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November 8, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 42

posticon Lansing Election - LaVigne, Benson, and Losey Win in Unofficial Results

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Election Day

According to the tallies from early voters and Election Day on Tuesday, Ed LaVigne (R)will serve a second term as Lansing Town Supervisor. Andra Benson (D) was also reelected, and newcomer Bronwyn Losey (D) will join the Town Board. Even though electronic voting has been instituted state-wide, the final count from this year's election will not be known for another week and a half or so. The reason is that votes coming by mail have not all arrived or been counted.

As it stands now incumbent Ed LaVigne (R) is 86 votes ahead of challenger Mike Koplinka-Loehr.  Andra Benson (D) and Bronwyn Losey (D) have the most votes for Town Council seats, with the spread between Losey and the next highest vote recipient, Judy Drake (R), is 93 votes.

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posticon Fire Department Considers Diesel Exhaust Filters

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Lansing Fire Department

One of the problems with fire engines is that their diesel engines often have to be running inside the bays.  That poses a health problem for firefighters as they perform maintenance and checks on the large trucks.  Lansing Deputy Fire Chief Brad George presented two types of filtering systems to the Fire Commissioners Tuesday.  One would be installed in the fire station bays, with hoses running from the bay ceiling that clamp onto the exhaust pipes of trucks. The other installs on the trucks themselves to be come an in-line piece of the exhaust systems.

"They're two totally different systems" George said. "The one is the Plymovent system, the one where the actual hose and the fan and the exhaust and all that.  The Ward No Smoke is a filter system that actually goes on the diesel exhaust."

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posticon Village Votes to Become Climate Smart Community

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Village of Lansing

The Village of Lansing Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution to become a Climate Smart Community Monday.  Before the vote Mayor Donald Hartill, who, two weeks ago, opposed the resolution as a "feel good resolution".  But after editing out all the 'whereas-es" in the example resolution affirming climate change and reducing emissions, Hartill proposed a stripped-down version.

"I think the real thing that needs to happen is to actually come forward with realistic, achievable, and affordable solution. Right. There's been very little that and a lot of conversation. That's really the solutions that are important.We have a sample resolution that's rather lengthy before us," Hartill said. "I would propose a rather simpler motion that the village of Lansing adopts the New York State Climate Smart Community Pledge, which comprises that list of 10 things and just very simple, straightforward, no agenda.  It's much simpler and it takes care of simply the 10 items."

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posticon Why the Cost of the Airport Expansion is So High

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Ithaca Tompkins Airport

When Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Lansing in May of 2018 to announce that New York State would be contributing $14.25 million, the airport was looking at a $24.7 million expansion and modernization project.  Early this year U.S. Senator Charles Schumer secured a $10 million grant, which seemed to fully fund the project.  Today the total stands at about $34 million, which means the airport has to come up with another $10 million.  Airport Manager Mike Hall says that none of the project cost will come from local (County) taxes.  Instead, a fee charged to the people who fly commercially will pay the additional money.

"We are allowed under a program called Passenger Facility Charges to charge the traveling public $4 a person," Hall says. "Not a huge amount of money in the grand scheme of things, but it adds up every hundred thousand people. The good news about this is it's a fee. A fee is a sort of a tax, but it's a tax on the people that are using the facility. It's a user fee, which is easier to justify than a County tax, countywide general income tax. I don't know how many people in the County travel by air, but it's no majority of them."

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posticon Football Cats Blank the Storm

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For consecutive years of participation in the single division of Section IV 8-man football the Lansing Bobcats find themselves advancing to the divisional championship which crowns the winner as the Section IV champion as well. The Newfield Trojans (5-2) went to Elmira and defeated the Elmira Notre Dame Crusaders (5-2) at their home stadium the same Friday game day Lansing shutout the Unadilla Valley Storm 34-0.

The chilly but dry evening drew a respectable crowd to cheer on the Cats for their last home game. Lansing’s Kevin Patt recovered a hard low onside like kick to start the game near mid field. This set up a 10 play drive and Brad Lehr took it in from 7 yards out off right tackle and Tristan Lyndaker notched the point after kick for a 7-0 lead.

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North Lansing Auxiliary Election Day DInner and Supper

In Lansing there are two things you do on election day.  Oh, sure, you vote... that goes without saying.  Well, it also goes without saying that the North Lansing Auxiliary Election Day Dinner and Supper is a tradition that brings a lot of people to the polls.  Ham, chicken, cole slaw, biscuits... and,of course the famous and delicious North Lansing Auxiliary canned beets.

Early voting may have impacted the event, because the numbers of people served were a bit down from average attendance.  This year the 50 to 60 volunteers working the event served 133 meals at lunch time, and 335 at suppertime.  But the dining room was full at peak times.  100 pies of all sorts were baked for the event, and all 56 quarts of beets were sold out.

"It was another successful year and a huge thank you to all who worked and came to eat," said Auxiliary Treasurer Connie Wilcox.
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