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Tompkins County Highway will be out in force Monday to beautify county roadsides in celebration of Earth Day.

The department will participate in the New York State Department of Transportation’s Statewide Trash Blitz roadside pickup all day Monday, April 23. ...

With the arrival of warmer weather imminent, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management is reminding residents that uncovered loads are against the law, and subject to a surcharge at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.

Transporting...

The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has announced that the Slaterville Fire Station will host the Coalition’s spring collection event for unwanted medications next Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  The Slaterville Fire Station is located at...

The Legislature, by a vote of 12-1 (Legislator Mike Sigler voted no; Legislator Glenn Morey was excused) urged the U.S. Congress to immediately enact a law that mirrors provisions of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, as introduced in the United States Senate, which...

Naloxone Program Approved for All County Facilities, to Enhance Community Safety
The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), authorized the Department of Emergency Response to partner with other agencies, departments and community...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), passed a resolution urgently supporting State legislation, introduced in the Senate by Senators Helming and O’Mara, to establish a third county court judgeship in Tompkins County.  The third county...

By proclamation from Chair Martha Robertson ,the Legislature honored and recognized Theda (“Teddy”) Zimrot, the County’s third and longest serving Director of Human Rights, who died April 7.  From 1983-1995, Zimrot served first as Investigator, then as Directo, of the...

The Legislature, without dissent, authorized County Administrator Jason Molino to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to participate in an eleven-county “Raise the Age” Compliance Coalition.  (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused.) Execution of the MOU,...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), passed a resolution of support for s Gun Buyback Event, proposed by Sheriff Ken Lansing and District Attorney Matt Van Houten.  The event, to receive and buy guns turned in by members of the public...

The Legislature’s special Housing Committee today delved into the matter of condominium development, receiving a briefing from Director of Assessment Jay Franklin on how condominiums are assessed in New York State, how they differ from some other types of clustered...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was recently awarded a Member and Community Health Improvement grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to improve childhood lead testing rates for the years 2018-2020. “The grant funds will be used to purchase lead testing...

 The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces its FREE Spring Rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinics will be held from 7 PM-9:00 PM on the following dates and at these locations:

Lansing...

The Health and Human Services Committee of the County Legislature will feature an informational presentation about the “211 Tompkins Cortland” service, provided by the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, at its next meeting April 9th.

The meeting...

The Legislature awarded 2018 grants under the County’s Arts and Culture Organizational Development (ACOD) grant program, one of ten Tourism Program funded through County room occupancy tax dollars, as recommended by its Planning, Development and Environmental Quality...

Reviving an issue that had first been discussed five years ago, the Tompkins County Legislature voted in support of a ban on single-use retail bags—this time, calling for either a ban on both plastic and paper carryout bags, or as an alternative a ban on plastic bags and...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Rich John and Glenn Morey were excused), passed a resolution of support for development of a regional open access medically-supervised withdrawal (detox) stabilization center in Tompkins County, as advanced by the Alcohol...

This information provided by the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, issued following a presentation today in Ithaca, at the Tompkins County Mental Health Building.

Schumer Secured Billions in Just-Passed Spending...

The Legislature’s Planning, Development and Environmental Quality Committee has recommended award of 2018 grants under the County Tourism Program’s Arts and Culture Organizational Development (ACOD) grant program. The committee, however, did not take action on a proposal...

The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) has a vacancy representing the lodging sector. Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application no later than April 20, 2018.

Volunteering your time on a County...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), ratified a new three-year bargaining agreement with the County’s White Collar employees, Civil Service Employees Association, the County’s largest employee union. The agreement, retroactive to...

The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), passed a resolution of support for development of a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, in collaboration with the City of Ithaca and community representatives. The measure authorizes...

By unanimous vote, the Legislature went on record in support of State legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo to require large-scale generators of food waste to donate and recycle excess food, in line with the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. (Legislator Glenn...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), expressed its formal support for inclusion of the Internet Fairness Conformity Act in the 2018 New York State Budget. The provision would expand jurisdiction over online retailers, requiring them to...

The Tompkins County Legislature’s special Housing Committee took a look at the critical issue of housing in our community from several different perspectives today, receiving preliminary orientation to various programs and initiative, as well as resources to assist the...

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson issued a statement of tribute and condolence following the death of Upstate Congresswoman Louise Slaughter early today

At age 88, Representative Slaughter was the oldest sitting member of Congress and was serving...

A free workshop titled The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease will be held Monday...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is once again sponsoring 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 chronic illness. The...

The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County Sponsors Forum March 10

On March 10, The Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County will sponsor a free forum entitled Understanding “Ban the Box”: Creating a Fair Chance.

The two-hour...

Help Paying for In-Home Care

The Office for the Aging has funding to provide in-home care for older adults (age 60+) who require assistance with activities of daily living. Families or individuals who are struggling with either providing...

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...

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Tompkins County seeks qualified candidates for this critical leadership position in county government. Applications accepted through May 4. For more information, click HERE.

Flu illness is now widespread.  Are you vaccinated? Flu vaccine is available at the Health Department by appointment. Call 274-6616.

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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