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Friday, March 6, 2015 is the last day for a new voter to register in person to be eligible to vote in the March 18, 2015 Village Elections.

Sample Ballots for the March 18th Village Elections are now available and can be viewed at...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division has received a nearly $15,000 waste reduction grant from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I). The grant was accepted by unanimous vote at the February 17th meeting of the County Legislature.

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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today the Tompkins County Shared Services Electronic Records Repository as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort...

The Tompkins County Legislature took public comment tonight on the draft 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, representing the first full update of the Plan since it was first adopted by the Legislature eleven years ago.  Sustainability, regional cooperation, and...

By a vote of 10-3 (Legislators  Carol Chock, Kathy Luz Herrera and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voted no; Legislator Mike Sigler was excused), the Legislature awarded just over $730,000 in contracts for the Tompkins County Jail Modifications Project, with Andrew R. Mancini...

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Mike Sigler was excused), awarded McPherson Builders, Inc., of Ithaca, the construction contract for preservation of the historic Newfield Covered Bridge .  McPherson’s bid was $218,602.80.  The Newfield Covered Bridge, built...

The Legislature appointed Legislators Nathan Shinagawa, Jim Dennis, Will Burbank, and Martha Robertson to new one-year terms as members of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, and non-Legislator members to new two year terms—Chamber of Commerce president...

Shortly before his raid on Harper’s Ferry arsenal, abolitionist John Brown is said to have made a personal plea to ex-slave Frederick Douglass to join him, saying “When I strike, the bees will begin to swarm, and I shall want you to hive them.”  Douglass refused, writing...

An hour-long public workshop session today explored the Energize NY program, with a gathering made up mostly of Tompkins County and City of Ithaca officials participating in a telephone conference with Joe Del Sindaco of Energize NY Finance, the entity...

The Tompkins County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today discussed the issue of body cameras for police officers, hearing a report from Sheriff Ken Lansing and Undersheriff Brian Robison from their examination of the issue.

Sheriff Lansing told the...

With additional snow accumulation in the forecast, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Division advises residents there could be delays in the recycling collection schedule because of poor road conditions. Updates on the status of curbside collection will be posted on the...

Tompkins County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx provided Legislators a detailed overview of the draft 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan.  The proposed 2015 Plan represents the first full update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan since it was first adopted by the...

The Legislature received its annual year-end report on the Tompkins County Compliance Program from Deputy County Administrator and County Compliance Officer Paula Younger, who chairs the County’s ten-member Compliance Committee. 

As stated in the report presented...

County Administrator Joe Mareane presented to the Legislature his annual summary of major accomplishments by County departments during 2014.

View the Administrator’s presentation on the County Administration section of the County website at...

The Housing Fund - Funding Round 9: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is now open for the Community Housing Affordability Program and Community Housing Trust Program
The Housing Fund, which consists of the Community Housing Affordability...

There is no curbside recycling collection today (Monday, February 2nd) because of the inclement weather. All routes will be delayed one day for the rest of this week. That means if your regularly scheduled pick up day is Thursday, collection will take...

The Tompkins County Planning Department has released the draft 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan for public review. The Plan is available on the Department’s website for review. http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/...

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) continues to seek feedback in a series of public sessions to create its first‑ever Title VI Service Standards and Policy Plan – a big‑picture document that will guide TCAT in its service planning decisions in the future. ...

The Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, in partnership with the Tompkins County Public Library, will hold a free screening of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film “Lincoln” this Saturday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the BorgWarner Room of the...

On Friday, February 6, the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Office of Human Rights (OHR) will be hosting Human Rights Revisited. This special evening will include the rescheduled “Diversity of Perspectives”...

The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) today, without dissent, endorsed creation of a study panel to review, on its behalf, the current structure and operations of the municipal court system, to identify potential ways to sustain and improve the efficiency of...

In his annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislature Chair Mike Lane said Legislators “are poised to continue the People’s work in a manner that is serious, progressive, and fiscally responsible” during 2015.  Challenges for the year ahead come in...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote of (Legislators Dan Klein, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, and Kathy Luz Herrera were excused) authorized acceptance of more than $350,000 in New York State Homeland Security grants on behalf of the Department of Emergency Response. 

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The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has received a $223,365 grant from the New York State Balancing Incentive Program Innovation Fund to fund a Transitions Program to serve high risk Medicaid beneficiaries.

Grant funds will be used to offer services to...

The video from the January 12 Public Safety Committee meeting is now posted on the County Meeting Portal at the following direct link:
http://...

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...

 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 reduce stress, improve self...

A free workshop titled "Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics" will be held Wednesday, July 16, Noon-1:30 p.m. at Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.    It is open to anyone concerned about a...

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, are over 21 and have room in your heart and home,please consider attending an informational meeting to learn what the next step is to becoming a certified foster, adoptive or respite parent.   At this...

The message below from the Ithaca Board of REALTORS® is posted here as a public service.

 

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A free workshop on "Project Lifesaver" will be offered by Deputy Sheriff Dawn Caulkins on Thursday, June 5, 6:30 -8:-00 p.m. at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.  

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is...

The county’s next Safe Medication Disposal event will be held this Saturday, April 26.

The collection event gives residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired or no longer needed household medications.  It is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug...

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council and the Tompkins County Council of Governments will sponsor a free public forum Wednesday, April 23, entitled “100% Renewable Energy:  We’re Moving Forward!”  The forum will take place at the Ithaca Unitarian...

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council is pleased to host a program on Onondaga County’s award winning green infrastructure program Save the Rain.

The event, featuring Madison Quinn, program coordinator for Save the Rain, will take...

At a Town Hall Meeting in Ithaca April 8, those including college-bound students and their parents will have the opportunity to learn from college representatives how Wellness, Relationships, Activities, and Parent resources can boost students...

Family caregivers of older adults wishing to participate in the Spring series of classes titled “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” should register soon with the Tompkins County Office for the Aging.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, six-week educational...

America’s Youth now stand last in line for jobs.  The 2012 State of Tompkins County Youth Report conducted by the Tompkins County Youth Services Department cited a lack of youth employment opportunity as a high priority need here in Tompkins County.   

In...

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is being offered in February by the Tompkins County Health Department and the Human Services Coalition. Both organizations are participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention...

Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of...

Are you wondering about services for older adults?  From questions about Medicare, to concerns about an older relative, the staff at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging can help you.The Tompkins County Office for the Aging offers information on a wide variety of...

In honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights will sponsor its 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Poetry Competition.

The theme of this year's competition is:

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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 Draft Request for Proposals document for redevelopment of the Old Library site is posted for comment. Click HERE for details.

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