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Confused about whether you need a passport book, passport card, enhanced NY drivers’ license or regular NY drivers’ license? Don’t worry, so is the rest of the nation! Currently, you can fly on domestic airlines with a NYS drivers’ license. We do not expect that this...

The Legislature, after listening to more than an hour of thoughtful public comment, voiced its support for timely development of the Black Oak Wind Farm project in the Town of Enfield. The Legislature’s vote was unanimous, with Legislator Dooley Kiefer abstaining because...

The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, ratified a new six-year collective bargaining agreement with the Tompkins County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The agreement spans the period from March 2010 through the end of 2016, and contains all terms and...

The Legislature urged the State Legislature to amend the Real Property Tax Law, creating a new section of law that would allow Tompkins County, by local law, to grant a partial exemption to residential properties subject to resale restrictions. The vote was unanimous,...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved an inter-municipal agreement between Tompkins and Schuyler Counties for the Tompkins County Assigned Counsel Office to extend assigned counsel services to Schuyler County. Such indigent defense counsel will be provided at...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, called upon New York State to fully fund the cost of indigent legal defense, relieving counties of the burden the State has imposed upon them since 1965. The Legislature urges the New York State Legislature to approve, and for the...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, asked the State Legislature and Governor Cuomo to support an increase in community college base aid of $285/full-time equivalent student. The measure notes that recent base aid increases have not kept pace with ongoing increased costs...

Do you live, work, or go to school in Tompkins County? Tompkins County wants to know your thoughts about housing in Tompkins County, and whether local housing meets your needs.

Through the Tompkins County Housing Needs Survey, an online survey that opens February...

Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa addressed the New York State Legislature’s Joint Legislative Committees on Health and Finance, and Ways and Means regarding health officials’ budget concerns for the upcoming State fiscal year, as part of the committees...

Tompkins Workforce Development and Tompkins County Public Library will partner February 17 for “Going Back to Go Forward: Let Us Help You Return to School,” a free one-hour workshop being held at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community...

The Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature today recommended that the Legislature approve a formal resolution of support for the timely development of the Black Oak Wind Farm project in the Town of Enfield.

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The following information is excerpted from a news release prepared by Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT).  Tompkins County is one of three funding partners of TCAT.  New members of the TCAT Board include County Legislature Vice Chair Dan Klein, representing...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division – in partnership with Cornell University and the Town of Ithaca – is pleased to announce the opening of a new food scraps recycling drop spot on East Hill.

The new drop spot -- located on Pine Tree Road in the lot next to...

An upcoming forum about the heroin and opioid epidemic will focus on treatment options in this area, including medical, outpatient, residential, and self-help.

The forum will take place Thursday, January 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the BorgWarner Room of the Tompkins...

In his annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislature Chair Mike Lane said that Tompkins County, now in its 199th year, “has set a high bar as a leader among its county peers for policies and programs that are intelligent, innovative, compassionate,...

The Legislature, by a vote of 11-3 (Legislators Peter Stein, Jim Dennis, and Mike Sigler voted no), called upon Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The measure calls upon the County’s federal elected officials (Senators Charles Schumer and...

The Legislature approved a new Local Law amending the County’s Home Occupancy Tax Law, to change the law’s definition of the term “hotel.” The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Carol Chock and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. No one spoke at a public hearing preceding...

The Legislature recognized Trumansburg High School senior Devon DiMarco as the latest Tompkins County Distinguished Youth.

Nominated by Trumansburg Fire Chief Jason Fulton, Devon is nominated for “his significant work as a young volunteer” since joining the fire...

The Tompkins County Mental Health Department has been awarded a three-year grant by the New York State Department of Health and Office of Mental Health to support the department’s Open Access Program, begun on a pilot basis in 2014.

The nearly $700,000 grant,...

List of Acceptable Items Narrowed to Ensure Quality of Finished Product

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division and Trumansburg-based Cayuga Compost will be implementing changes to the highly-successful food scraps recycling program....

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person walking on East Marshall Street between Linn and North Aurora Streets in the City of Ithaca. The bite occurred around 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.

The dog is described as a small,...

Program Encourages Clean Energy Improvements for Local Commercially-Owned Properties

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Michael Lane and City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick joined with local government and business leaders today to...

Seventeen employees of Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, New York were successfully extricated this morning, after being trapped in an elevator below ground late last night.

Last night, at approximately 10 p.m., an elevator carrying the 17 Cargill employees to a salt...

Extrication efforts are in progress to remove miners trapped in an elevator below ground late last night at the Cargill Salt Mine in the Town of Lansing. Continued extrication is proceeding rapidly.


Below is a statement issued by Tompkins County...

The Lansing Fire Department, working with Cargill Salt, Inc. and assisted by other agencies, is coordinating a rescue situation at the Cargill Salt Mine, located on Portland Point Road in Lansing.

At 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, an emergency call came in to the Tompkins...

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...

 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...

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Participate in the Tompkins County Housing Needs Survey, now open through Feb. 22. More details HERE . To take the survey, visit http://e-input.com/surveys/tompkins.htm.

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 Division office will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open, and there will be no change in curbside recycling collection.

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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