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January 17, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 3

posticon Village Considers Mall Subdivision

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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%

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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 New Roots Charter School Announces $200,000 Gift

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An anonymous donor has pledged $200,000 to New Roots Charter School to help it address the fiscal and enrollment issues that led the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee to place the high school on probation in December.  News of the school's financial status has inspired an outpouring of community support, including the pledge of the local anonymous donor that will support school operations through the 2020-2021 school year.

"This incredible, inspiring and unexpected gift was made by a donor who wants our school to thrive as a resource to young people and our community," said Tina Nilsen-Hodges, principal and superintendent. "We are deeply grateful for this breathtaking act of philanthropy."

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