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Responding to a State request for equipment and manpower, Tompkins County has dispatched crews and equipment to assist communities in Western New York deal with the aftermath of the winter storm.

Early today, four County Highway Division employees, with two dump...

On Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Division office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will re-open on Monday, December 1st.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed on...

The Planning, Energy, and Environmental Quality Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature today responded enthusiastically to a presentation from EnergizeNY Finance, the entity established by New York State to operate the State’s property assessed clean...

Tompkins County will lower flags to half-staff Saturday, November 22, in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Michael James Barra, the Korean War veteran and native son of Tompkins County whose remains will be laid to rest this weekend.

Sgt. Barra died as a prisoner of war...

After two months of budget deliberations, the Tompkins County Legislature adopted the County’s 2015 budget and its capital program for the next five years.  Although there was discussion, the Legislature ended up making no changes to the recommended budget before it was...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote approved a resolution declaring freedom from Domestic Violence as a fundamental human right.  The measure notes, in part, the pervasive, long-lasting negative effects of domestic violence—transcending individuals of every gender, sexual...

As authorized by the Old Library Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature, Commissioner of Planning Ed Marx has released for comment the Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) document for redevelopment of the County’s Old Library property.

The draft document is...

The Tompkins County Legislature tonight invited comment on the 2015 Recommended County Budget and the Capital Plan for the next five years, as amended by the Legislature.

Tonight’s hearing lasted less than 15 minutes, most of that involving a review of the budget...

The special legislative committee charged with reviewing expressions of interest to redevelop the site of the Old Tompkins County Library today recommended that all four sponsors of active concept proposals submitted to the County be invited to advance to the next stage...

The County Legislature invites county residents to comment on the County’s proposed 2015 budget at a public budget hearing to be held Monday, November 10.

The hearing, on the recommended budget, as amended by the Legislature, and the 2015-2019 Capital Program,...

The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) is cosponsoring an upcoming day-long conference examining the issue of collateral damage from hydrofracking, and how communities can protect themselves.

The conference, entitled Collateral Damage from Fracking...

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing, reelected Tuesday, today announced a Sheriff’s Office reorganization in preparation for his second term of office.

Anticipating the planned retirement of Undersheriff Derek Osborne during 2015, Sheriff Lansing announced his...

Announcing his resignation as of November 30th, to become Tompkins County Undersheriff, at tonight's Legislature meeting, Legislator Robison said he has found service on the Legislature a very meaningful experience, and that he cares about the issues, and his fellow...

The Legislature approved issuance by the Tompkins County Development Corporation of tax-exempt revenue bonds—bonding of up to $2 million for the William George Agency for Children’s Services, and of up to $60 million in bonds for Kendal at Ithaca.

Bonding for the...

The Legislature, without dissent, appropriated $65,000 in contingency funding to support the cost of acquiring and installing automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in County facilities and vehicles, and to provide training in the use of those devices.  The...

The Legislature went on record demonstrating its strong support of a statewide campaign to recover more textiles from the waste stream.  The vote was unanimous, with Legislators Kathy Luz Herrera and Mike Sigler excused.  The measure notes that the United States...

The Legislature approved the unit charge for the Tompkins County solid waste annual fee for 2015.  The charge, as also recommended as part of the 2015 Tentative County Budget, is $52 per unit (household or church)—a $4.00 decrease, with different unit charges other...

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is launching a new poster contest that invites Tompkins County artists of all ages to apply their creative efforts to the question, “What Would MLK Say Today?” The submission deadline is 12 noon on Monday, January...

Now that Election Day is over, those campaign yard signs - whether made of plastic film or Coroplast® - can be recycled in Tompkins County.

Please remove the wire sign holders or stakes before recycling the signs. The metal sign holders and stakes can...

Residents of Tompkins County are invited to apply for membership on advisory boards that provide input to the Tompkins County Legislature on environmental matters.  The Water Resources Council (WRC) has one at-large vacancy, one municipal government vacancy, and one...

“Hey… R you gonna recycle that?”

November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling and waste reduction in the U.S.  Residents in Tompkins County are recycling more than ever...

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) will be rolling out its 29th Annual K-12 Arts Competition in September 2015 with a few notable tweaks.  Changes to the K-12 program will include a broader human rights theme and a launch that takes place at the beginning...

On Wednesday, November 5, Ithaca College Professor of United States History Michael Trotti will present the latest in the series of lectures cosponsored by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Tompkins County Public Library.

His...

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth of Canaan, NY has announced that they will no longer provide services to Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) in Tompkins County, effective November 1, 2014. After unsuccessfully competing for the Basic Center Program funding of...

In an update report presented to the Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today, County Administrator Joe Mareane reported that the County is very close to attaining its living wage goals for County contracts—reporting that more than 90% of all covered contract...

This information is provided by Solar Tompkins.  Tompkins County government partnered with Solar Tompkins on this successful program.

Solar Tompkins is meeting its ambitious goal of doubling the total deployment of residential solar power in a single year...

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is launching a new poster contest that invites Tompkins County artists of all ages to apply their creative efforts to the question, “What Would MLK Say Today?” The submission deadline is 12 noon on Monday, January...

“Hey… R you gonna recycle that?”

November 15th is America Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling and waste reduction in the U.S.  Residents in Tompkins County are recycling more than ever...

Tompkins County Youth Services Department announces the release of its 2014 OJ Guide to Teen Services and Activities.  The updated Guide lists services that are available in Tompkins County for teens, primarily ages 13–19.  The Guide contains activities and services that...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division – in partnership with the Village of Lansing – is pleased to announce the opening of a food scrap recycling drop spot at 2405 North Triphammer Road.

The new drop spot behind the Lansing village office will be open every...

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth and the Alcohol & Drug Council are sponsoring a free event on Monday, Sept. 15, 1-4 PM at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St., Ithaca.  Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., will present an overview of research about marijuana as featured in his...

Providing companionship to an elderly person can be a wonderful volunteer opportunity for individuals in our community. 

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is seeking volunteers who can visit homebound seniors on a weekly basis for about an hour, for the...

 The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is once again offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

You will learn to reduce stress, improve self...

A free workshop titled "Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" will be held Wednesday, July 16, Noon-1:30 p.m. at Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.    It is open to anyone concerned about a...

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, are over 21 and have room in your heart and home,please consider attending an informational meeting to learn what the next step is to becoming a certified foster, adoptive or respite parent.   At this...

The message below from the Ithaca Board of REALTORS® is posted here as a public service.

 

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A free workshop on "Project Lifesaver" will be offered by Deputy Sheriff Dawn Caulkins on Thursday, June 5, 6:30 -8:-00 p.m. at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.  

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is...

The county’s next Safe Medication Disposal event will be held this Saturday, April 26.

The collection event gives residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired or no longer needed household medications.  It is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug...

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council and the Tompkins County Council of Governments will sponsor a free public forum Wednesday, April 23, entitled “100% Renewable Energy:  We’re Moving Forward!”  The forum will take place at the Ithaca Unitarian...

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council is pleased to host a program on Onondaga County’s award winning green infrastructure program Save the Rain.

The event, featuring Madison Quinn, program coordinator for Save the Rain, will take...

At a Town Hall Meeting in Ithaca April 8, those including college-bound students and their parents will have the opportunity to learn from college representatives how Wellness, Relationships, Activities, and Parent resources can boost students...

Family caregivers of older adults wishing to participate in the Spring series of classes titled “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” should register soon with the Tompkins County Office for the Aging.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, six-week educational...

America’s Youth now stand last in line for jobs.  The 2012 State of Tompkins County Youth Report conducted by the Tompkins County Youth Services Department cited a lack of youth employment opportunity as a high priority need here in Tompkins County.   

In...

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is being offered in February by the Tompkins County Health Department and the Human Services Coalition. Both organizations are participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention...

Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of...

Are you wondering about services for older adults?  From questions about Medicare, to concerns about an older relative, the staff at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging can help you.The Tompkins County Office for the Aging offers information on a wide variety of...

In honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights will sponsor its 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Poetry Competition.

The theme of this year's competition is:

“...

With winter weather coming upon us, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging is updating its listing of snow shovelers.  Deep snow and icy sidewalks are dangerous for everyone but especially for senior citizens.  Many seniors are not able to remove the snow from their...

 A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” will be presented by Joy Blumkin on Thursday, December 5, 6:30 PM -8 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca. 

Ms. Blumkin, a local attorney,...

Can a city block quit smoking for a day? That's the challenge New Roots Charter School students are presenting to their peers and other Cayuga Street pedestrians on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Nationally, that day is the Great American Smokeout. Locally, it’s the Cayuga...

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Click HERE for more on your options and Tompkins County Benefits Day.

Injury from falling is a major risk for older adults and people with disabilities.  Click HERE to review information on how to prevent falls from the Office for the Aging.

The Draft Request for Proposals document for redevelopment of the Old Library site is posted for comment. Click HERE for details.

The Health Department is providing flu vaccinations for adults Tuesdays and Fridays at its building, 55 Brown Road, across from the Airport.  Call 274-6616 to schedule your appointment.  More information HERE.

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