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Cornell University, Tompkins County, and the City of Ithaca  have committed to continue the Tompkins County Housing Fund, a successful joint initiative to assist in the development of local housing units that will remain affordable for low- to moderate-income households...

On Tuesday, March 31, the Tompkins County Health Department will test its capacity to dispense medications to at least 250 people in less than two hours. This Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise will take place at BOCES on Warren Road between 1:00...

The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today joined in recommending County financial support toward a joint program which will support a Community Outreach Worker program in downtown Ithaca.

The committee, by unanimous vote, joined the Legislature’s...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Nate Shinagawa was excused) urged the New York State Assembly and Senate to pass The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, as recommended by the Legislature’s Public Safety; Budget, Capital, and...

The Legislature took action needed to preserve the Pine Tree Road Bike and Pedestrian Paths Project in the Town of Ithaca.  By a vote of 11-2, Legislators voted to amend the Capital Program to increase the project cost to $1,865,000 and appropriate more than $196,000...

The Legislature reacted to a proposal in the coming year’s State Budget to convert the STAR (School Tax Relief Program) real property tax exemption to a personal income tax credit, which as proposed would start with exemptions granted for the 2015 Assessment Roll—...

County Office for the Aging Director Lisa Holmes delivered a presentation to Legislators on the Office’s 2015 Strategic Plan for Aging in Tompkins County. 

The Plan is posted on the County’s website at...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Nate Shinagawa was excused), called upon the State Legislature to support the plan of the State Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice that the age of criminal responsibility in New York State be raised from age 16...

The Legislature recognized Ithaca High School junior Aidan Mackenzie, of Brooktondale, as the latest Tompkins County Distinguished Youth, the award presented by Legislator Dan Klein, who recognized him for his academic, athletic, and community service achievements.  A...

Before the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing and Undersheriff Brian Robison presented the detailed After-Action Report on the Barricading Incident at 127 Hornbrook Road in Danby—a two-and-a-half-day standoff that began the evening...

Tompkins County’s recycling efforts received high marks in a recently released audit from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The audit examined performance measures of the Solid Waste Management Division from January 1st, 2013 to July 7th...

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights stands with the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, alongside LGBT New Yorkers and allies to call on the New York State Legislature to pass the...

Have you ever wondered what would happen if there was a public health emergency in Ithaca and Tompkins County?  What if there was a disease that was spreading regionally and locally and life-saving medication had to be provided quickly – in a matter of hours – to protect...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has compiled its 2015 Strategic Plan for Aging in Tompkins County, offering rich information about local aging related issues.  The data will be used to inform decision making on aging services, not only by the Office for the...

The production of fruits and many vegetables is dependent on successful pollination. Honey bees are the most widely used crop pollinators, but honey bee populations have experienced steep decline in North America over the past 50 years due to a variety of causes.  One...

The Tompkins County Legislature adopted the 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, representing the first full update of the Plan since it was first adopted by the Legislature eleven years ago.

The Plan was adopted by an 8-2 vote, with Legislators Mike Sigler...

Delivering his annual “State of the College” message to the Tompkins County Legislature, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Dr. Carl Haynes characterized the year as one of exciting accomplishments in the context of financial challenges.

“If you look at...

County Administrator Joe Mareane distributed to Legislators a briefing memo on Governor Cuomo’s circuit breaker proposal, a $1.66 billion dollar plan that would provide a sliding-scale income tax credit for homeowners and renters whose property tax bill exceeds 6% of...

The Legislature authorized the County to enter into a contract with the Tompkins County Soi8l and Water Conservation District to provide up to $200,000 to the District, on an interim basis, to support the eradication of Hydrilla in and around Cayuga Lake.  The vote was...

Legislature Chair Mike Lane announced the appointment of Ithacan John “Jack” Hopper as Tompkins County’s Poet Laureate for 2015.  Mr. Hopper was recommended by the Community Arts Partnership, the unanimous recommendation of the selection committee, according to CAP...

Friday, March 6, 2015 is the last day for a new voter to register in person to be eligible to vote in the March 18, 2015 Village Elections.

Sample Ballots for the March 18th Village Elections are now available and can be viewed at...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division has received a nearly $15,000 waste reduction grant from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I). The grant was accepted by unanimous vote at the February 17th meeting of the County Legislature.

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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the Tompkins County Shared Services Electronic Records Repository as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort...

The Tompkins County Legislature took public comment tonight on the draft 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, representing the first full update of the Plan since it was first adopted by the Legislature eleven years ago.  Sustainability, regional cooperation, and...

By a vote of 10-3 (Legislators  Carol Chock, Kathy Luz Herrera and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voted no; Legislator Mike Sigler was excused), the Legislature awarded just over $730,000 in contracts for the Tompkins County Jail Modifications Project, with Andrew R. Mancini...

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...

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:

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Tompkins County seeks a collaborative, ethically motivated, and fiscally adept administrator to serve the community as leader of the Department of Mental Health Services. For more information, click HERE.

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.

Tompkins County seeks candidates to manage personnel, human resources, civil service & labor relations through this key leadership position. For information, click HERE.

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

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