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In his annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislature Chair Michael Lane called 2017, the County’s Bicentennial Year, “a year of reflection, a year of hope, and a year of action” –a year to look back at our heritage and historic diversity, and to look...

The Legislature, by a vote of 9-5, adopted a new Local Law amending the County Charter, the action concluding more than two years of painstaking review by the Legislature’s special Charter Review Committee. (Legislators Mike Sigler, Peter Stein, Carol Chock, Dave McKenna...

County Administrator Joe Mareane briefed Legislators on Governor Cuomo’s latest proposal to cut local property taxes, announced last week, one that would call for counties to submit a plan to the voters next fall that would save real, recurring cost savings through inter...

Legislature Chair Michael Lane announced the appointment of Zee Zahava as Tompkins County Poet Laureate for 2017. The position of Tompkins County Poet Laureate was established by the Legislature to honor local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community,...

The special committee of the Tompkins County Legislature charged with examining capacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail and advising the Legislature on how the County should address those issues will devote its meeting on Thursday, January 19th to a public discussion...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division office will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open its regular hours, 7:00am to 3:30pm, and there will be no change in...

Ithaca and Tompkins County’s Age-Friendly Action Plan was approved this month by AARP. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort to help...

The Tompkins County Health Department reports an increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) locally. In 2016 we saw 374 cases of Chlamydia, a 9% increase from 2015; 81 Gonorrhea cases, a 47% increase from 2015; and 12 Syphilis cases, an alarming 200% increase...

On January 3rd, the Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, established the Tompkins County Energy Task Force. The new Task Force is charged with providing input and guidance to the County Planning Department and the Legislature on the topics of energy, climate...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces its FREE Winter Rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets at the SPCA Adoption Center. The clinic will be held on January 25, 2017, from 6 PM-8 PM. Preregistration is available for...

 $355,000 Will Establish a Food Scraps Transfer Station at RSWC

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division will soon sign a three year grant contract for a centralized transfer station to accept commercial food scraps at...

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...

The Tompkins County Legislature will operate under the same leadership during the year ahead. At its 2017 organizational meeting, Legislators reelected Legislator Michael Lane (D) to a fourth year as Chair of the Legislature, and Legislator Daniel Klein (D) to a second...

Noting, in part, that 2017 is the one-hundredth anniversary of the passage in New York State of the Suffrage Act, granting women in New York the right to vote in local and state elections, and that New York was the first eastern State to pass women’s suffrage, an act...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, established the Tompkins County Energy Task Force, to be charged with providing input and guidance to the County Planning Department and the Legislature on the topics of energy, climate change, and energy-related economic development,...

The cost of a residential three year Tompkins County Solid Waste Permit will increase effective January 1st, 2017.

The permit fee will increase by $5, to $20, with a second permit for the same household provided at no charge. The cost of a commercial solid waste...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, authorized the County to enter into agreements necessary to support development of a Behavioral Health Mobile Crisis Team by the Tompkins County Mental Health Department. The Team will fulfill the community need for round-the-clock...

The Legislature approved a Resolution of Appreciation for retiring director Steve Griffin, after 40 years of service with Foodnet. The Legislature praises Griffin as “a compassionate and dedicated leader, known for his integrity, his competence, and his unfailing...

The Legislature recognized Tyler Romer of Trumansburg as the latest Tompkins County Distinguished Youth. Nominated by John Ullberg, Tyler was recognized for initiating his Eagle Scout project responding to parents’ safety concerns and supervising the design and...

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the EPA estimates Americans toss out 25% more waste than normal. In Tompkins County, be sure to recycle more this holiday season by following these tips: 

  • Most municipalities have...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division will soon open three additional food scraps recycling drop spots:

  • Cass Park in the City of Ithaca
    Thursdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm beginning January 5th...

From the Tompkins County Board of Electtions:

The November 8th Presidential General Election Official results are now available at
http...

Please see the information, forwarded  from the Ithaca Police Department regarding an ongoing active homicide investigation.

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During the early morning hours at 12:52 am on Thursday December 8th, 2016 the Ithaca Police Department officers...

The Legislature approved legislator salaries for the next four-year legislative term, which begins in 2018. The Legislature traditionally sets the level of legislator compensation well in advance of elections for the new term. Annual Legislator salaries are currently set...

The Legislature approved the steps necessary to proceed with a Law Enforcement Shared Services Study. By a vote of 11-3, Legislators approved a resolution formally accepting a $50,000 grant award through the New York State Municipal Restructuring Fund and selected the...

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...

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...

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Have you ever considered a rewarding public safety career as a Corrections Officer? Tompkins County seeks applicants for this important position.  File for next month's exam by January 26th.  Full details HERE.

The Health Department will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic Jan. 25, 6-8PM, at the SPCA Adoption Center, 1640 Hanshaw Road. For more details, 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.

The Health Department is providing flu vaccinations for adults at its building, 55 Brown Road, across from the Airport.  Call 274-6616 to schedule your appointment.  More information HERE.

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