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2021 News Archives

As part of an ongoing virtual panel series on critical local issues, the Tompkins County office of Human Rights hosted an expert local group to discuss violence in Ithaca and America. Dr. Ken Clarke, Director of the office moderated the panel and introduced the context of reported local and…
Tompkins County is set to receive a total of nearly $20 million in one-time relief funding from the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP). The Tompkins County Legislature held a meeting of its Expanded Budget Committee (all Legislators were present, save Glenn Morey who was excused) to discuss the…
Due to low staffing levels, the Tompkins County Department of Motor Vehicles is continuing with the appointment system initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic for at least the next 30 days while new employees are trained and onboarded. The Tompkins County DMV Office continues to be open to the…
Discussions Begin on Use of American Rescue Plan Funds Interim Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes presented an overview of the $19.8 million of one-time American Rescue Plan funds made available to the County, including key dates, restrictions on use of the funds, and options for use of…
Link to PDF of Annual Report Message from Director Daniel Cornell:  Thank you for your interest in the Tompkins County Department of Probation and Community Justice Annual Report for 2020. As a Department we entered 2020 with the January 30th retirement of Probation Director Patricia Buechel,…
The Tompkins County Legislature is seeking community input on the use of $19.8 million in one-time funding made available through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARP). Input is being sought through a survey asking Tompkins County residents to rank their top three priorities for the funds;…
Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca Governments will host a week of programming celebrating Juneteenth and Black liberation. Members of the public are invited to participate in several virtual events. County and City employees are encouraged to participate in each event and will gather for an…
Tompkins County continues to see a decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases, and reports over 65% of the population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Tompkins County is continuing to place the health and safety of staff and community at the forefront of decisions and…
Environmentally Focused Advocacy Resolutions Passed   A resolution calling for a moratorium on the operation of cryptocurrency mining centers until the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation can review environmental impacts passed unanimously (14-0). Cryptocurrency mining takes a large…
Tompkins County is encouraging interested members of the public to submit an application to join the newly merged STOP-DWI and Traffic Safety Board. The 15-member board is an advisory group to the Tompkins County Legislature and constitutes two recently merged groups. Following the recent merger,…