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Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Council of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).

A new initiative by NYSAC, the Women’s Leadership Council is the first statewide...

In two resolutions approved tonight, the Tompkins County Legislature approved a 2018 tax levy guideline and spending targets for 2018. The tax levy resolution directed County Administrator Joe Mareane to prepare a recommended operating and capital budget that can be...

The Legislature, by a vote of 10-2, scheduled a public hearing for its next meeting on June 6th, 5:31 p.m., to take comment on a possible new Local Law that would, if approved, adopt a permitted exemption under New York State Real Property Tax Law on infrastructure...

Legislators discussed, but in a split vote vote failed to approve a proposal to request to New York State to amend the Real Property Tax Law to allow a local Tompkins County option to provide a partial exemption for multi-unit residential properties converted to owner-...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Peter Stein and Will Burbank were excused), approved a new post-retirement health insurance option to County employees who have retired from the County and are drawing a New York State pension. The action directs the...

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Will Burbank was excused), authorized the County to contract with the firm Clear Impact, LLC, of Rockville, MD, for software and related consulting services to implement a countywide performance measurement system, for a three...

The Legislature’s special Jail Study Committee, examining capacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail, today continued to hear about services offered in the jail—much of today’s focus on behavioral health issues.

Tompkins County Deputy Commissioner of Mental...

Mosquitoes are considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit viruses to people and some animals. Although your chances of being infected with a disease through a mosquito bite are small, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being...

The Legislature’s Facilities and Infrastructure Committee today recommended that the County acquire and improve the current Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons as a new home for the History Center, as well as for other complementary non-profits co-located as a...

 After 16 years of leading Tompkins County’s Planning arm, Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability Ed Marx has announced plans to retire from County service in late August.

Commissioner Marx joined Tompkins County in 2001 to serve as Commissioner of Planning....

The special Jail Study Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature will meet this Thursday, May 11, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Legislature Chambers, located in the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building (second floor), 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

Please note...

Please see the reminder, below and attached, from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) regarding the survey that is part of the Tompkins County Law Enforcement Shared Services Study.  Responses are due before May 31. 

Tompkins County, the...

Have you been wondering what is happening to address our community’s housing challenges? Do you want to weigh in on next steps for addressing local housing needs? Please join the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability Wednesday, May 17, from 5:...

Spring is here and so are the ticks! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the season. It’s also time to take steps to prevent tick-borne diseases. 

New tick-borne diseases have been discovered in recent years with infections steadily increasing, Lyme disease being...

The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today recommended Legislature consideration of two initiatives that could help address the county’s housing shortage.

The committee recommended that a public hearing be scheduled on June 6th, 5:30 p.m., on a...

The Tompkins County Legislature has adopted a new Local Law that raises to 21 the legal age for tobacco sale and purchase in Tompkins County. The vote was 9-5, with Legislators Dan Klein, Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, Will Burbank, and Carol Chock voting no.

The new “...

Through a proclamation signed by Legislature Chair Michael Lane, the Legislature paid tribute to Civil Rights leader Dorothy Cotton and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, proclaiming May 12, 2017 as “Dorothy Cotton and Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Day” in Tompkins...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, authorized County Administrator Joe Mareane to establish a Shared Services Panel and to undertake the tasks assigned to county chief executive officers under the State’s shared services legislation. The law assigns tasks to the Chief...

Over one hundred people offered their opinions on the taste of water supplied by seven municipal water treatment plants in Tompkins County, with the Southern Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Water Commission, commonly known as Bolton Point Water System, receiving the highest...

The Tompkins County Health Department is celebrating National Drinking Water Week by hosting the annual water taste test on Sunday, April 30, from 1:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. at Streets Alive! on Cayuga Street and Lewis Street. Throughout the day the public is welcome to...

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person in the field by Cornell University’s Hurlburt House (Ecology House) on Country Club Road in Ithaca. The bite occurred Monday night around 7 p.m., April 24, 2017. 

The dog is described as...

The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal will again host a collection event for unwanted medications this Saturday, April 29th. The collection event will take place, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at three locations:

  •  The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, 779...

The Legislature’s special Jail Study Committee heard a procedural status update from the CGR Consulting Group, and reports on services provided at the Tompkins County Jail, as it today continued in its examination of factors contributing to capacity issues at the Jail....

County is recognized for its commitment to reduce energy consumption,
cut costs and drive clean energy in its communities

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that Tompkins County...

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start. Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

To...

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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Make your voice heard on police services in Tompkins County. Respond to the survey by May 31. Details HERE.

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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