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On August 24, 2016, a bat found on the sidewalk in front of 437 North Geneva Street, near the intersection of Cascadilla Street in the City of Ithaca, was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory.

If you or your pets have had any contact with...

The Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today recommended that Tompkins County contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE) to provide coordinated reentry services for inmates of the Tompkins County Jail. The committee, by a unanimous 5-0 vote,...

In the first three months since the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center added a collection station for liquid cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG), nearly 275 gallons of material have been dropped off by residents.

The FOG collection station is part of...

The Legislature authorized and appropriated funding to support study of the inmate population and population trends at the Tompkins County Jail and of potential design options to accommodate the Jail’s population. The action follows notice from the New York State...

The Legislature tabled a proposal to schedule a public hearing to take comment on a proposed Charter change and Local Law that, if approved by the voters, would change the position of Tompkins County Sheriff from an elected to an appointed position. Because of time...

Legislature Chair Lane recognized Tompkins County Social Services Commissioner Patricia Carey, who was awarded The Children and Family Futures 2016 National Collaborative Excellence Award. The award was presented earlier this month at the Child Welfare League of...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division announced a three-year food scraps curbside collection pilot will come to end on December 31st.

As of July 1st, the program had reached about 85% of all households in the service area, collecting from...

Friday, August 19, 2016 is the last day for a new voter to postmark a registration form to be eligible to vote in the September 13, 2016 54th Senatorial District (Lansing) Republican and Reform Party Primary Elections.

Sample Ballots for the September 13,...

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 Solid Waste Division has installed its fourth public space recycling bin in Ithaca’s Stewart Park, along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. It features receptacles for both trash and common single-stream recyclable items like cans, bottles and newspapers....

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...

The Tompkins County Board of Elections is mailing out yellow cards to all Tompkins County voters. Information on the cards contains poll site information, district information and election dates.

If the person to whom the card is addressed is no longer living at...

The Government Operations Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature weighed in today on a proposed Local Law that would, subject to voter approval, modify the County Charter to change the elected Sheriff to an appointed position after the end of the current election...

The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding residents of the continued need for water conservation, despite the rain that’s been received in recent days.

“The rain we have received has produced some short-term improvement,” notes Tompkins County Public...

Considering the issue during two hours of deliberation, the Tompkins County Legislature failed to yet move forward with scheduling formal public comment on a proposed Local Law that would modify the position of County Sheriff. The Legislature’s special Charter Review...

Legislature Chair Michael Lane announced that he will form a special Jail Study Committee, which will be charged with examining capacity issues at the Tompkins county Jail, the possibilities to affect capacity through the County’s alternatives-to-incarceration programs,...

The Legislature, without dissent, accepted the audited Tompkins County Financial Report for the year 2015, conducted by Insero & Co. CPAs. (Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne was excused.) County Finance Director Rick Snyder provided Legislators a detailed briefing...

The Legislature, without dissent allocated $2,500 from the Contingent Fund to help support the 2016 Tompkins County Housing Summit, a collaborative effort involving a number of individuals and organizations throughout the community, to share information from recent...

In a July 19, 2016 letter to Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing, the New York State Commission of Corrections announced its revocation of a variance that has allowed the County to operate the County Jail with 18 beds more than the 82 beds the facility was designed...

Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought conditions, because of our prolonged period of low rainfall.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a drought “watch” for all of New York State.  

The...

The Special Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature performing the once-a-decade review of the County Charter today recommended adoption of a new Local Law that would remove law enforcement responsibilities from the elected office of County Sheriff and transfer them...

The Community Housing Development Fund – 2016 Open Funding Round’s next deadline for funding is approaching

The Community Housing Development Fund is a joint effort of Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University. The Fund helps...

Tompkins County again this year 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,...

College's Longest-Serving President to Step Down August 31, 2017

(This information provided by Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Tompkins County is a county sponsor of the College, along with...

The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport plans to open at 12 noon on Friday, July 22nd, completing a two-week closure to resurface the runway.   County Airport operations, Suit-Kote, and C&S Engineering collaborated with our three airlines,...

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...

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...

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The Highway Division will close Krums Corners Road, Town of Ulysses--Route 96 to Iradell Rd.--Aug. 29-~Sept. 29, for a road-crossing pipe replacement.  The road will be  closed to all through traffice.

6-9 extra inches of rainfall will be needed to ease drought impact. The Health Department urges continued water conservation. More info 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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