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The Legislature voted to schedule a public hearing at its next meeting May 5 on a proposed Local Law that would enact provisions of a new State law included in the 2014 New York State Budget bill.  The Mohawk Valley and Niagara County Assessment Relief Act gives a...

Maya Patt, of Danby, was recognized as Tompkins County Distinguished Youth for April.  Nominated by Legislator Dan Klein, Maya is a 19-year-old Liberal Arts major at Tompkins Cortland Community College, where she is in the Honor Society and on the Dean’s List. ...

Continuing its consideration of the proposed renovation of the County Public Safety Building, the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today reviewed a suggested redesign renderings of the Jail’s outdoor recreation area, a design that responds to concerns voiced by some...

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Manager (ITRA) Robert Nicholas announced this month that he will retire as manager of the airport following 25 years of service. Born in Oxfordshire, England, you’ve probably heard his distinctive accent from his many radio spots for the...

Tompkins County Highway announces that Suit-Kote Corporation, of Cortland, will resume the Hanshaw Road reconstruction project, between Sapsucker Woods Road and Pleasant Grove Road, in the Town of Ithaca, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21st, through...

The Tompkins County Department of Social Services, on behalf of the Family Treatment Court, has been awarded a $225,000 grant by the California-based non-profit Children and Family Futures to support an intensive two-year initiative to provide more comprehensive...

The Legislature’s special committee on the future of the Old County Library has started its work, meeting for the first time Thursday to discuss the process for its deliberations.  The Committee’s first task will be to review responses to the County’s Request for...

Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University, funding partners of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT), today issued a joint statement regarding the arrest of a TCAT employee.

Pamela Johnson was arrested by the Ithaca Police Department and...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved bonding to support renovation to the County Human Services Building, located in the 300 block of West Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, providing a new headquarters for the County’s Day Reporting Program.  (Legislator...

LaBella Architects delivered a presentation to the Legislature regarding design and financial information for the proposed renovation of the County Public Safety Building, which would add a covered outdoor recreation area to the jail and renovate the current little-used...

The Legislature awarded New England Waste Services of N.Y., Inc., a division of Casella Waste, contracts covering municipal solid waste and construction and demolition material over the next five years. The vote was 12-1, Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no;...

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin today released county health rankings for most counties in the United States. Tompkins County was ranked the second healthiest county in New York State.  The rankings represent a weighted summary of a...

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senator Thomas O’Mara, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick invite residents to participate in the Southern Tier Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program that will be held in Ithaca this Saturday, March 29....

The Legislature’s budget committee today joined the Public Safety Committee in recommending bonding resolutions for renovation projects at the County Human Services and Public Safety Buildings.  The measures will next head to the full Legislature for action. 

The...

The next meeting of the County’s new Jail Alternatives Task Force is scheduled Monday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. at the Scott Heyman Conference Room, first floor of the County’s Old Jail office building, 125 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

The agenda packet for the March 31...

Representatives from all levels of local government from across Tompkins County joined together today to voice serious concern about Governor Cuomo’s Property Tax Freeze proposal, calling the plan poorly conceived  and one that misses its mark in achieving a meaningful...

As an initial step in legislative review, the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today gave a positive recommendation for bonding for renovation projects at the County Human Services and Public Safety Buildings.  The Committee’s actions send on consideration to, first...

Commenting on major trends over the past five years in his annual “State of the College” message to the County Legislature, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Dr. Carl Haynes characterized the past five years as “one of the most challenging five year periods...

The Legislature, following a public hearing, approved a new Local Law, under Section 470 of New York State Real Property Tax Law, that provides an exemption from County property taxes, under certain conditions, for up to ten years for construction of buildings that...

Local youth from Tompkins County will join youth around the country to stand up and speak out against big tobacco on Kick Butts Day, March 19, 2014. Young people at Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and Southside Community Center (SSCC) after school programs will...

A new County task force convened for the first time today, commencing an in-depth review of additional measures that could be employed to reduce the population of the Tompkins County Jail.

The Jail Alternatives Task Force, formed by the County’s Criminal Justice/...

The first meeting of the County's new Jail Alternatives Task Force will take place Friday, March 14, 3:00 p.m. at the Scott Heyman Conference Room, first floor of the County's Old Jail office building, 125 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

Over the next several months, the...

Bonding and project information regarding the County Public Safety Building and Human Services Building Renovation  Projects is now posted on the County Administration website.

For the direct link to these...

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional airport launched a new marketing campaign that invites the business and leisure travel community to make flying out of ITH the first choice when making travel plans. This is part of efforts to keep planes full and to position ITH for new...

Maintaining that Governor Cuomo’s proposed two-year tax freeze and rebate program is not the way to achieve meaningful property tax relief, the Tompkins County Legislature has voted official support of an alternative approach—with the State assuming the cost of its own...

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...

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

 

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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:

“...

With winter weather coming upon us, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging is updating its listing of snow shovelers.  Deep snow and icy sidewalks are dangerous for everyone but especially for senior citizens.  Many seniors are not able to remove the snow from their...

 A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” will be presented by Joy Blumkin on Thursday, December 5, 6:30 PM -8 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca. 

Ms. Blumkin, a local attorney,...

Can a city block quit smoking for a day? That's the challenge New Roots Charter School students are presenting to their peers and other Cayuga Street pedestrians on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Nationally, that day is the Great American Smokeout. Locally, it’s the Cayuga...

The Tompkins County Legislature is currently seeking new members to serve on its Human Rights Commission ("Commission"). 

As provided for in the County Charter, the role of the Commission is to foster mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins...

On Monday, November 11th, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) office will be closed. The office will re-open on Tuesday, November 12th at 8:00am.

On Monday, November 11...

At the next Aging Services Network Meeting, Sue Olmstead, Chronic Disease Program Coordinator with the Health Planning Council of Tompkins County, will discuss local resources for Diabetes and other Chronic Health Conditions.  Susan Dunlop, Community Health Nurse in the...

A free workshop for persons concerned about a relative or friend with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is being held Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca.

Martha...

The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal will hold its next Safe Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, October 26.  The collection event, which gives residents the chance to safely dispose of no longer needed household medications, is being held in conjunction with the...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division announces the launch of its new website at www.recycletompkins.org.

The upgrades have resulted in a cleaner ‘look’ that is easier to navigate and allows residents to access...

Cornell historian Edward E. Baptist will deliver a presentation entitled “Freedom on the Move: The Underground Railroad and Big Data,” the latest in the series of Civil War lectures cosponsored by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration Commission and...

The fall issue of the newsletter, IN SUPPORT OF CAREGIVERS, is now available at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. The newsletter can also be read online at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/cofa.

To be...

Since mid-2012, Tompkins County residents have been able to recycle their food scraps for free at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC) in Ithaca.  Now, there are more opportunities to participate, including a second drop-off location and access to a free toolkit...

The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division Office will be closed on Monday, October 14thth in observance of the Columbus Day holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, October 15th at 8:00am.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open regular hours on Monday,...

Doug Lewis, manager of the Air Traffic Control Tower in Ithaca, this week was presented with the 2013 "Manager of the Year" award in a special ceremony at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

Doug has been a controller in Ithaca since May 2001, previously...

Are you considering whether or not to get a flu shot this year? Here's an easy answer: Everyone, Every Year (Everyone over the age of 6 months). This is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tompkins County Health Department (...

TOMPKINS TODAY

The Health Department has scheduled Free Rabies Clinics beginning May 7.  For more information, click HERE.

South Applegate Road will be closed daily April 15-18, 6:30AM-~3PM, for road crossing pipe replacement and road reconstruction. Questions? Contact the Highway Division, 274-0300.

Register now for "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" classes at the Office for the Aging. More details HERE.

The Health Department continues to offer flu vaccinations for children and adults Monday through Friday by appointment during business hours.  Please call 274-6616.

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