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Beginning their final week of the presentation phase of their review, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight heard from seven more departments and agencies, as they continue to review County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2017 budget.

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In their third week of deliberations toward next year’s Tompkins County Budget, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight heard eight more budget presentations, as they continue to review County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2017 budget.

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Now is the time to get a flu vaccination.  There are many opportunities in the community for flu vaccination including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and the Tompkins County Health Department. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated every year...

The Legislature approved amendments to County policy reaffirming the commitment of County government to serve all persons without discrimination, and in compliance with requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race...

UPDATE:  The Tompkins County Planning Department has completed its 2014 inventories of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Use by the Tompkins County community and Tompkins County government operations.  The Department presented the County Legislature with...

The Legislature authorized the granting of an additional $500,000 in Small Cities and New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Income funds Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, which administers the county Homeownership Program on behalf of the...

Rabies is a fatal neurologic disease that may be transmitted to humans from infected raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, dogs, cats and other mammals. Animal bites are the most common method of transmission, but contact with brain or spinal tissues or fluids can also transmit...

The special legislative committee charged with examining capacity issues at the Tompkins County Jail and advising the Legislature on how the County should address those issues, set the stage for the work ahead at the committee’s inaugural session tonight.

The five...

Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight heard seven more budget presentations in a third night of review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2017 budget.

Presenting tonight were Workforce Development; Tompkins County Area...

Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight heard seven more budget presentations in a second night of review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2017 budget.

The 2017 Recommended Budget supports total expenditures of $173 million and...

At a brief special meeting, the Legislature authorized acceptance of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grant to purchase new snow removal equipment for Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The vote was unanimous, with Legislator Rich John excused.

The FAA grant...

Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight began review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2017 County Budget, hearing their first five department and agency presentations, and beginning a review process that will run through most of...

Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane has delivered to the County Legislature a 2017 Recommended County Budget. The budget proposes modest spending growth of less than one percent, stability in current programs, and the alignment of resources with priorities that...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, requested that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hold a public hearing in Tompkins County on the proposed expansion of the Dominion Transmission, Inc. New Market Pipeline, which runs through Tompkins...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, authorized the contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County (CCE) to provide coordinated reentry services for inmates of the Tompkins County Jail. The action authorizes County Administrator Joe Mareane to execute the...

Both the Tompkins County SOLID WASTE DIVISION OFFICE and the County RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE CENTER will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

There will be no curbside recycling...

Tompkins Workforce New York and Alternatives Federal Credit Union are teaming up to spotlight local entrepreneurs and the successes, challenges and resources that have led them to realize their dreams.

The “Successful Entrepreneurship” panel discussion will be...

Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing has announced that the New York State Commission of Correction today approved a 120-day extension of the 18-bed variance at Tompkins County Jail, through the end of 2016.

The Commission had previously announced its intent as...

The Tompkins County Planning Department invites members of the community to a public meeting to learn about the findings from the Tompkins County Housing Needs Assessment.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at the...

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Michael Lane has expressed the County’s shock and disbelief at the fights and stabbings early this morning on the Cornell University campus that left one Ithaca College student dead and another injured. 

Ithaca College sophomore...

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...

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 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...

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...

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The Highway Division will close Dubois Road, Town of Ulysses--Houghton Rd. to Albrectsen Rd.--Tuesday, Oct. 4 through Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a road-crossing pipe replacement.  The road will be  closed to all through traffic.

6-9 extra inches of rainfall will be needed to ease drought impact. The Health Department urges continued water conservation. More info 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 Tompkins County Health Department will be closed on Thursday,September 29, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for staff development. The Department answering service will receive phone calls. Appropriate staff will be notified in case of emergency.

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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