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Monday, July 31st, 2017 will be the first meeting of the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition - thanks to collaboration between NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Tompkins County Mental Health Services (TCMHS), Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services (SPCS), Care...

The Tompkins County Health Department thanks all media outlets that published or broadcast our press release dated July 24, 2017. The owner of the small dog who bit a person in Cayuga Heights came forward so that the Health Department will be able to observe the dog and...

The Legislature’s special Transportation Committee of again today took up the issue of ride-hailing services, which for nearly the past month have been authorized to operate in all of New York State.

As part of that session, the committee heard from officials of...

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reported suspicious blue-green algae blooms, also known as HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms), in Cayuga Lake and is currently monitoring. These blooms may be small in size and confined to specific areas of the...

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person near the intersection of Hanshaw Road and Blackstone Ave. in Cayuga Heights. The bite occurred Saturday, July 22, 2017, around 8:30 p.m.

The dog is described as a small dog. The dog was one...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) now has a bus stop outside its front doors. In partnership with Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT), the Health Department is pleased to offer the public easier access to the services provided at TCHD.

“We thank...

The Legislature’s special Jail Study Committee today heard consultants from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) present their findings from their six-month study related to capacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail.

CGR’s final report, received by the...

Michael Lane, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, expressed the County’s deep sorrow and condolences, following a fatal early morning taxi van accident in Cortland County which involved eight Tompkins Cortland Community College students.

One of the students...

Tompkins County 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, recognizing leading...

The Tompkins County Shared Services Panel has recommended a County Shared Services Plan, based on a proposal drafted on behalf of the panel by County Administrator Joe Mareane, from three months of panel deliberations.  The Plan was approved at a meeting July 19th...

The Legislature, without dissent, approved funding for two projects, under the County’s new Natural Infrastructure capital program, and for a third from the County’s Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection. (Legislators Carol Chock...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Carol Chock and Martha Robertson were excused), allocated $50,000 in Contingent funding to support the transitional housing initiative, developed by the Ithaca/Tompkins Continuum of Care. The funds were allocated to the...

Reconsidering a decision from its last meeting, the Legislature, by a 10-2 vote, approved the recommended name for the Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons, being purchased by the County as a new home for the History Center and co-located non-profits. The...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, accepted the audited Tompkins County Financial Report for the 2016 fiscal year.  Finance Director Rick Snyder delivered a detailed report to the Legislature, noting that the County received an “unmodified opinion” on the basic...

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislators Carol Chock and Martha Robertson were excused) agreed to grant $2,000 in County Tourism Program funds to the Community Arts Partnership, to help support a professional development workshop focused on capacity building to...

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC) has taken a position on the issue of indoor and outdoor lighting, specifically regarding the presence of blue light in the environment.

The resolution passed by the Council at its June 8th meeting features...

Tompkins County today released the final report from a wide-ranging, six-month-long population study related to capacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail. 

The Tompkins County Legislature late last year retained the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) to...

Tompkins County Public Library Director Susan Currie has announced the July 20 launch of phase two of the 21st Century Library Renovation.

Phase two follows the successful February completion of a full public restroom remodel, the replacement of carpet throughout...

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Tompkins County Shared Services Panel will invite public comment on Tompkins County’s draft county-wide Shared Services Plan.

The public hearing will be held on July 19th, 5:30 p.m., at Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, located at...

Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane today announced his plan to retire on February 1, 2018. Mareane has served in the Administrator’s position since October 2008, succeeding Stephen Whicher.

Mareane will leave the County after a 37-year career in...

Tompkins County organizations planning Community Celebrations or projects with potential to draw visitors from outside Tompkins County are invited to apply for financial support from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. Grant guidelines and applications are available at...

The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Martha Robertson, Mike Sigler, Peter 
Stein, Glenn Morey were excused), endorsed the Tompkins County Housing Strategy, a wide-ranging plan to address the County’s housing needs through 2025. Prepared...

By unanimous vote, the Legislature adopted a Local Law permitting the Legislature to override the tax levy limit for 2018. (Legislators Martha Robertson, Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, and Glenn Morey were excused.) No one spoke at the public hearing preceding the vote.

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The Legislature considered, but did not yet approve, a recommended name for the Tompkins Trust building on The Commons, being purchased by the County as a new home for the History Center and co-located non-profits. The Project Advisory Committee, made up all partners...

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person near Groton Junior/Senior High School on Peru Road. The bite occurred Saturday, July 1, 2017, around 3 p.m.

The dog is described as a black and brown, short haired pit bull or pit bull mix,...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is once again sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week educational program designed to provide the tools needed to balance self-care with caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one with a chronic illness. The...

The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County Sponsors Forum March 10

On March 10, The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County will sponsor a free forum entitled Understanding “Ban the Box”: Creating a Fair Chance.

The two-hour...

Help Paying for In-Home Care

The Office for the Aging has funding to provide in-home care for older adults (age 60+) who require assistance with activities of daily living. Families or individuals who are struggling with either providing...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is once again offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week educational program designed to provide the tools needed to balance self-care with caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one with a...

The Tompkins County Board of Elections has had several inquiries regarding the sudden turn of events regarding the position of Tompkins County District Attorney. We are writing this to clarify what has happened and what the procedure will be going forward.

On July...

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...

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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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