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The Special Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature performing the once-a-decade review of the County Charter today recommended adoption of a new Local Law that would remove law enforcement responsibilities from the elected office of County Sheriff and transfer them...

The Community Housing Development Fund – 2016 Open Funding Round’s next deadline for funding is approaching

The Community Housing Development Fund is a joint effort of Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University. The Fund helps...

Tompkins County again this year has been recognized as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties nationwide,...

College's Longest-Serving President to Step Down August 31, 2017

(This information provided by Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Tompkins County is a county sponsor of the College, along with...

The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport plans to open at 12 noon on Friday, July 22nd, completing a two-week closure to resurface the runway.   County Airport operations, Suit-Kote, and C&S Engineering collaborated with our three airlines,...

As a result of the prolonged period of low rainfall, the New York State Department of Conservation has issued a drought “watch” for all of New York State. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought...

The Tompkins County Health Department reports a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis. From January to June 2016, there have been 174 cases of Chlamydia, 22 cases of Gonorrhea and 6 cases of Syphilis. STI...

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Jim Dennis was excused) authorized the County to accept a total of $31,800 from the City of Ithaca, and Villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Groton, and Trumansburg to support data conversion of municipal police department...

The Legislature approved a Community Mental Health Nurse position to provide utilization review at the Tompkins County Mental Health Department. The vote was unanimous, with Legislator Jim Dennis excused. Operating under Utilization Review Authority for the County Mental...

Dr. William Klepack, Medical Director of the Tompkins County Health Department, has been recognized as 2016 Family Physician of the Year by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP).

The award, presented last month at the Academy’s Congress of...

The Tompkins County Health Department is working with the City of Ithaca to address the discolored drinking water issue within the municipal distribution system as well as the lead sampling conducted at city facilities. We do not have indications that these issues are...

Following a year of study on the issue, the Legislature, without dissent, passed a resolution of support for the Commissioner of Personnel to implement procedures to eliminate the criminal conviction disclosure from the Tompkins County employment application (“banning...

Following up on an initial report at the Legislature’s last meeting, County Administrator Joe Mareane presented the Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for consultant services to conduct a feasibility study regarding potential restructuring and shared services involving...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused) authorized a funding agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation for Coddington Road highway safety improvements at the intersections with Burns Road and East King Road in the...

Finance Director Rick Snyder reported on the County’s recent sales of Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs) and New Money Bonds to support County projects. On June 23, nearly $5.3 million in one-year notes were sold at a net interest rate of 0.9580% to Raymond James &...

The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. There have been no confirmed rabid...

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets worth $20.00 are free to income-eligible households (one booklet per household) age 60 or older, on a first come first served basis, while the supply lasts. The coupons are for the purchase of fresh fruits and...

The Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Tompkins County Law Enforcement Shared Services Initiative (police consolidation study) will be presented to the Tompkins County Legislature by County Administrator Joe Mareane at the Legislature’s meeting July 5th...

With gardening, hiking and outside gatherings – it’s a great time to be outside and enjoy the season! It is also time to take the steps needed to prevent tick bites and Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division is pleased to announce the opening of the County’s newest food scraps recycling drop spot, in conjunction with the Brooktondale Farmers Market.

Located at the Brooktondale Community Center at 522 Valley Road, this pilot...

The Legislature approved County financial support to enable Tompkins Community Action to develop the Amici House Project, which will serve homeless and housing-vulnerable young people. The action authorizes the County to acquire a parcel of land at 661 Spencer Road,...

The Legislature took five separate actions regarding Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). All were approved by unanimous vote.

Following a public hearing, it approved adoption of the College’s $41.6 million 2016-17 Operating Budget. The Budget contains no...

The Legislature, by a vote of 11-3 (Legislators Mike Sigler, Glenn Morey, and Dave McKenna voted no), went on record opposed to some provisions of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, approved in the U.S. Senate, with a modified version...

The Legislature heard a presentation on the final report of the county’s Energy and Economic Development Task Force, from task force chair Charlie Trautmann. The Task Force, comprised of local business leaders, government officials, and environmental advocates, was...


By a vote of 10-4, Legislators Glenn Morey, Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, and Dave McKenna voting no, the Legislature adopted a Local Law permitting the Legislature to override the tax levy limit for 2017. The law does not necessarily mean that the Legislature will...

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupon booklets worth $20.00 are free to income-eligible households (one booklet per household) age 60 or older, on a first come first served basis, while the supply lasts. The coupons are for the purchase of fresh fruits and...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging maintains a list of individuals who would be willing to do yard work for senior citizens in the spring and summer months. The office is currently updating its list and is in need of more workers.

If you might be interested...

A free workshop titled "Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" will be held Friday, May 6, Noon- 1:30 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca. It is open to anyone concerned about a relative...

Are you interested in enhancing the lives of older adults and persons with disabilities living in long term care facilities? Do you possess excellent communication skills, assessment and problem solving abilities? The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has a rewarding...

Most municipalities in Tompkins County have programs for recycling Christmas trees. Contact your city, town, or village for more information, or check the list that can be found on the Solid Waste Division website, www....

Do you know of an individual (age 60 +) who has done something special for the community?

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is now accepting nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to our community through civic engagement and...

The next Aging Services Network Meeting will be Friday, December 11th from 12-1 at the NY Connects/Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 West Martin Luther King Jr./State St., Ithaca.

Assistant Attorney General, Mike Danaher, will be presenting Smart Seniors...

A free workshop titled "Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior" will be held Thursday, November 19, 2:00– 3:00 pm at Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca. It is open to anyone concerned about a...

A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” will be presented by Joy Blumkin, Esq. on Thursday, October 15, 6:30 PM -8:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.

Ms. Blumkin, a local...

A Safe Medication Disposal event in Tompkins County will be held in Slaterville on Saturday, September 26, in conjuction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back.  The collection event gives residents the opportunity to safely dispose of...

The Fall issue of the quarterly newsletter, IN SUPPORT OF CAREGIVERS, is now available at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. The newsletter can also be read online at http://tompkinscountyny.gov/cofa/...

Register Early!

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...

The new 2015-2016 Curbside Recycling Guidelines will be hitting your mailbox in the days ahead! The brochure is produced by the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division, and sent to all households in the County. It covers the 12-month period from July 2015 through...

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights is commemorating Fair Housing Month with workshops geared toward tenants and landlords.

There will be a fair housing workshop for landlords on...

A free workshop titled "Creative Self-care for Caregivers" will be presented by Emily Millen, LCAT, to family caregivers of older adults on Thursday, March 5,  6:30 PM- 8:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street,...

A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for LGBT Caregivers” will be presented on Thursday, February 5 from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King Jr./State Street, Ithaca.

Mariette Geldenhuys, a local attorney,...

Do you know of an older adult who has done something special for the community?

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Senior Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen Award.

The...

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...

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The East Lake Road Bridge, Town of Dryden, will be closed to all through traffic Monday, July 18, 6:00AM until August 11, 4:30PM, to repair bridge approaches. Contact the HIghway Division, 274-0300, with questions or concerns.

Click HERE for information from the Tompkins County Health Department on tick disease prevention & to watch the NYSDOH video on how to remove a tick.

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.

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