November 23, 2004

Suspect returned to Dryden

There's lots of news about Dryden in today's Journal. As they alluded on Saturday, the Journal reports that robbery suspect Mao Sheng Lin has been returned from Houston to Ithaca to face trial for a November 2003 robbery at the Song Tao restaurant in the Village of Dryden. Lin posted a $200,000 bond earlier this year and then disappeared. Two other suspects have already been convicted in the robbery.

Varna Auto Service leads an article on the unclear status of cleanups at gas stations in the county, with the Journal publishing this excerpt of a DEC report on the Varna station: "Unknown Quantity Spilled: Yes. Cause of Spill: Unknown. Resource affected: Groundwater." The Journal discusses a spill in Fall Creek in much more detail.

McLean residents are working on petitioning the state DOT to reduce the speed limit in the immediate vicinity of Cassavant Elementary School and along the road from McLean to Cortland. (I believe the Dryden Town Board supported the reduction near Cassavant at a recent meeting.)

The County Health Report includes a number of Dryden entries.

State Comptroller Hevesi continues to audit state authorities, finding all kinds of problems at the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. It's far from Dryden, but an unfortunate piece of a system that often gets used as a political piggy bank. Other authorities have borrowed money spent in Tompkins County and Dryden for reasons far from their original purpose.

On the opinion page, the editorial expresses frustrations with the labor complications in rebuilding TCAT as a single organization, while Jeffrey Wood of the Town of Dryden writes about the future of Ithaca airport, suggesting that:

Area residents still need to support their fine, albeit pricey, facility. Perhaps the county can help support it by subsidizing the costs. It just doesn't take an expensive consultant to figure it out, especially if the result is not supported.

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