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posticon Lansing Schools Establish Teacher Retirement Reserve

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Central School District

The Lansing Board of Education voted unanimously to establish and funded a Teacher Retirement System (TRS) reserve Monday.  School Business Administrator Kate Heath said that with increasing costs the reserve will be needed to stabilize expenses and prevent huge jumps in the district's TRS liability, which she said is currently over a million dollars.  The reserve is a sub-fund of the Employee Retirement System (ERS) reserve fund, and was only authorized by Albany in April of this year.

"Based on our audit we're making the recommendation to create and fund the reserve effective 6/30/2019," she said. "When I was speaking with our lead auditor he recommended doing that because it's the first year to make sure we establish it and have some money in there.  The concern is that those costs are going to be increasing and those percentages are going to be increasing.  So having this reserve gives us some padding to help stabilize those costs so we don't have huge jumps. Then we'll have some more flexibility on funding it every year."

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posticon Meet the New Lansing HS Principal

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Interim Lansing High School Principal Patrick Hornbrook

Lansing High School has a new principal this year, an interim principal to allow district officials to search for a permanent replacement for Coleen Ledley, who served as principal since 2013.  Ledley has become the district's Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development.  Patrick Hornbrook, who served as Dean of Students last year, has moved into the Principal's chair.

"In an interim position my first priority is to insure that all of the good things that we have going on here at Lansing High School are going to continue to happen," Hornbrook says. "By the same token, I'm fortunate that I was here last year when we started some of the new initiatives.  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was a big part of what we were working on last year, and trying to figure out how we can humanize the academics and help kids understand the role of failure, or being resilient, or learning from experience."

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posticon B-17 Over Ithaca

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Tompkins County flying enthusiasts will get a chance to ride in a genuine World War II B-17 this weekend,  The B-17 will be the main attraction at this year's Airport Day, the annual pancake breakfast at East Hill Flying Club.  It arrived in Ithaca Wednesday, and will be on display and conducting flights today, tomorrow, and Sunday.

"No matter how many times I get in it, every time you get that ghostly feeling of people who have been here before you in this airplane, scared to death, thinking they were going to die," said pilot Rex Gray during a press tour of the aircraft Thursday. "It's a living history exhibit, owned and operated by the EAA.  It has a quarter million members all around the world.  It's non-profit.  We're not out making money.  We're sharing the history and promoting aviation so the upcoming generation knows that aviation is more than going to the airport and taking off your shoes."

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posticon Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force Created

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that the new Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which will develop potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cell service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. The task force, which the Governor originally proposed as part of the 2019 State of the State, will be administered by Empire State Development.

"Every New Yorker should be able to access a stable cell connection, yet our upstate regions have struggled for too long to make the connections that are vital to everyday life and commerce," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we're leading the way forward by establishing a task force of cellular service experts, elected representatives and environmental advocates who will develop concrete policies and help to ensure service is provided and infrastructure for it is built in a sustainable way."

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posticon DOH to Issue Subpoenas to Vaping Companies

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Health Monday to take a series of measures to address two emerging public health crises: the increasing number of cases of vaping-associated respiratory illnesses and the increasing number of youth that are using vape products and developing lifelong nicotine addictions. The Governor directed the Department of Health to issue subpoenas to companies marketing and selling 'thickening agents' used in black market vaping products and to issue emergency regulations mandating that warning signs must be posted in all vape and smoke shops in New York State. Additionally, the Governor announced that he will advance new legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

"Common sense says if you do not know what you are smoking, don't smoke it, and right now we don't know what you are smoking in a lot of these vaping substances," Cuomo said. "The rise in vaping-associated illnesses is a frightening public health phenomenon and I am directing the Department of Health to take several actions to address this crisis, including starting an investigation into some of these companies that produce vaping substances to find out what's in it and requiring that smoke and vape shops post a warning that lets people know that this is a risky activity. I am also going to propose new legislation that will ban flavored e-cigarettes. In the meantime our advice is quite simple: don't do it because we don't know if it's safe."

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posticon Largest Battery Installation in the State Completed

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By NYSERDA Print
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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the completion of Key Capture Energy's system, the largest battery installation in New York which will serve the state's electrical system by enhancing power grid performance and reliability and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 20-megawatt energy storage system supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal, the most aggressive climate change initiative in the nation which mandates New York's energy storage target of 3,000 megawatts by 2030, the largest target in the country.

"Governor Cuomo has set New York on a path to lead the country and the world when it comes to deploying clean energy, and this project is more evidence that New York is not wasting any time getting started," said NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton. "This first project under NYSERDA's energy storage incentive program – the largest battery installation in the state to date—will enhance our electric system and demonstrate the value of large scale energy storage systems that will accelerate our ability to meet the state's commitment to a carbon-free electric system by 2040."

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posticon State Taking Action Against Opioid Industry

News | Friday, September 13, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that the Department of Financial Services is taking action against the opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers to secure $2 billion for New York consumers who have shouldered the cost of the ongoing opioid epidemic in the form of higher insurance premiums.

"I've seen a number of schemes and frauds, but the opioid scheme is as diabolical, as brazen, as obnoxious and as offensive as anything I've seen," Governor Cuomo said. "These drug companies knew what they were doing. It was not accidental - it was an industry-wide conspiracy. The damage they have caused has been immeasurable - it has cost thousands of human lives and billions of dollars, and they have gotten away with it for decades. These drug companies are not going to get away with murder, and we are taking a series of actions to ensure that they don't."

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