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July 12, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 26

posticon Gas Moratorium Prompts Special Lansing Heat Pump Incentives

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HeatSmart

As it looks more and more that the moratorium on new natural gas will be permanent in the Town and Village of Lansing, government officials and residents have been asking  what New York State will do to to provide 'energy equity' for the Lansings.  The question was partially answered Monday when HeatSmart representatives explained to the Town Planning Board the benefits of heat pump technology and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) incentives for installing it.  Intensives that are specifically targeted at the Lansings because of the moratorium.

"NYSERDA came up with this clean action plan in response to these gas moratoria, saying we're going to help these communities to transition off of fossil fuels onto more sustainable types of home heating," said Lansing HeatSmart Coordinator Lisa Marshall. "The way they're going to do that is to lower energy costs for consumers, promote economic development, and deliver more resources."

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posticon Town Center Filling In, Space Still Available

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Milton Meadows

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says the first lottery to fill subsidized apartments in the Milton Meadows project was held Wednesday, but it's not too late to apply.  That is just one of the projects that, after years of discussion, is now starting to fill out the  Town Center area in South Lansing.  In addition to the 72 unit Milton Meadows project, Salt Point Brewery is poised to close on 3 1/2 acres closer to State Route 34B, and the old Egan's Market building behind the Rogues Harbor Inn may be turned into a sort of health and fitness mall.

The road from 34B to Milton Meadows has had its first coat of pavement applied, and a sidewalk leads to the new development.  LaVigne says the final paving will be completed after the buildings are complete.

"They won't put the top coat on until the buildings in the back are done," he says. "That way they don't beat up the road with heavy machines."

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posticon Tech Review: Wyze Cams

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Wyze Cam displays on an Echo SpotWyze Cam displays on an Echo Spot

You're lying in bed when you hear a loud noise outside.  What do you do?

A) Run frantically to the front door, barefoot in your pajamas
B) Pull the covers up over your head and make believe you didn't hear anything
C) Say, "Alexa show driveway camera" and look at the screen on your alarm clock.

I recently tried choice C for the first time, and I have to say that sometimes technology does make our lives better.  As gadgets have become ubiquitous they have been learning to talk to one another.  Amazon is a leader in this trend.  The Amazon digital assistant Alexa passed 80,000 skills in January.  In the Alexa universe skills are the connection between you talking to Alexa and some other device or action.  For example you can ask Alexa to find your robotic vacuum cleaner.  Or to turn on the lights in the family room.  Or to show you the live feed from your security camera.  But not all skills are as skillful as others.  You want devices that offer skills that connect to Alexa reliably and have a good range of actual skills enabled by the Alexa 'skill'.  Inexpensive is good (also rare).

All that led me to try Wyze cameras, both the stationary Wyze Cam and the Wyze Cam Pan, which can view a 360 degree radius.

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