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January 19, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 3

posticon Lansing Receives State Grant For Town Center Infrastructure

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Grant for Town Land Infrastructure

Planning Consultant Michael Long announced Wednesday that a $75,000 state grant was awarded to the Town of Lansing for materials to build infrastructure on the town land across the street from the Town ball fields.  Long said that NYS Senator Pam Helming secured the grant that will pay for road materials and other infrastructure costs to connect proposed developments with State Road 34/34B.  Long says some of the money will be used to adjust a future intersection between 34/34B and Woodsedge Drive, which will continue north to connect Cornerstone Group's Milton Meadows project and others proposed for the town land.

"The State of New York has tentatively agreed to the initial location for Cornerstone (roads), but as we add additional businesses and development patterns there, they want us to look at a traffic analysis of the entire parcel to try to figure out where the points are that come in and out," Long says.  "Cornerstone is going to pay for their part of it.  We're going to have to make some adjustments to the intersection at Woodsedge Drive.  Either we have to slide the road either to the east, or, on the south side, to the west."

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posticon Lansing Schools Project Underspending

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Lansing Schools to Underspend

The Lansing School District is projecting it will under-spend its budget by $337,833 this school year.  District Business Administrator Kathryn Heath told the Board Of Education last week that updated state aid figures and monthly spending predictions show a rosier picture than earlier projections.

"I looked at what was budgeted in the year to date from 12/31, and projected numbers from January to June," she said. "I looked at our trend for the current year, and also looked at last year to make a best estimate of where we might fall.  We will under-spend our budget by about $337,000 if these projected numbers are accurate."

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posticon Sheriff Seeks Help Identifying CFCU Robbery Suspect

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cfcu robbery

Lansing, New York – On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at about 4:32 PM deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to 99 Sheraton Drive the Cornell Federal Credit Union in the Village of Lansing regarding a robbery. Deputies arrived on scene and obtained a description of the incident from employees and other witnesses in the credit union at the time.

The suspect entered the credit union approached employees, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the credit union with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect was last seen running in a northeasterly direction on Sheraton Drive.


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posticon Successful Week for Bobcats Basketball

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The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball had a successful week, with wins against the Southern Cayuga Chiefs on Friday, January 12th and against the Edison Spartans on Tuesday, January 16th.

In Friday’s game, Southern Cayuga controlled the tip off, and was able to put in the first points of the night with a 3 pointer. Lansing’s artillery was somewhat off the mark, with 3 minutes elapsing before Joe Miller-LaBar’s 3 pointer would crack the ice for the Bobcats. A steal and layup by Miller-LaBar would close the 1st quarter, with Lansing up by a score of 10-8. In the 2nd quarter, Ethan Burt put in the first Bobcat bucket with a 3 point shot and Langston Hopkins got in the scorebook with a nicely executed pick & roll to the hoop. The Chiefs stayed within striking distance however, and the first half would end with Lansing holding a 26-20 lead.

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posticon Tech Review - Shark Ion Vacuuming Robot

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Last November Elon Musk repeated his warning that the rise of robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) could mean the end of humankind, saying that it could be "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization."  Pretty scary coming from the mind behind PayPal, Tesla electric cars, and SpaceX.  Nevertheless, faced with a busy schedule and mounting dust bunnies I decided to risk annihilation by trying out a robot vacuum cleaner.

After researching the various brands and models, which can set you back more than a thousand dollars if you really want to go end, I decided to try the Shark Ion Robot (model 755), partly because our regular vacuum is a Shark that has performed well over the years, and partly because of good reviews when compared to a similar (and more expensive) industry leader (iRobot Roomba) unit.  The best price (this week) was at BJ's Wholesale Club, with a special price of $299.99 for a $30 savings if you purchased it online.   We don't have an online account, but as it happened they were offering that price in the store as well.  That's a little less than you would pay for the Roomba 690.

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