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A free, wide-ranging public summit examining the challenges of Tompkins County’s housing situation and exploring community-based solutions begins Wednesday night, November 30th, with an interactive kickoff event at Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium.

As part of...

A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for Family Caregivers” will be presented on Thursday, December 1 from Noon - 1:30 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street in Ithaca.

Marcie...

Due to inclement weather, curbside recycling collection MAY BE DELAYED today, Monday, November 21st. All routes are running behind, and streets and roads not serviced today will be attempted tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22nd.

Residents should leave their recyclable...

The Tompkins County Legislature’s Old Library Committee today received a status update regarding redevelopment of the site of the Old Tompkins County Library from preferred developer Travis Hyde Properties. The project continues to be under review by the Ithaca Landmarks...

The County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today recommended the Legislature take the steps necessary to proceed with a Law Enforcement Shared Services Study, including selection of a consultant to perform the study. The shared services study will examine...

Ending two-and-a-half months of deliberation and review, the Tompkins County Legislature tonight adopted the County’s 2017 budget and the capital program for the next five years. The budget was approved by a 13-1 vote, with Legislator Dooley Kiefer voting no.

The...

By two separate votes of 13-1 (Legislator Dooley Kiefer dissenting), the Legislature authorized an amendment to the five-year Capital Program to acquire and install a jet bridge at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, and also a bond resolution authorizing the issuance of...

The Legislature held a public hearing on the proposed Local Law to amend the County Charter, recommended amendments that are the result of exhaustive line-by-line review of the charter over the past two years.

Only one person spoke at the hearing. Sheila McHenry,...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote agreed to appropriate $15,000 in contingent funds to support a structural, mechanical, and codes assessment of the Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons, an initial step in the County’s exploration of possible acquisition and...

The Legislature approved an agreement with the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), of Rochester, NY, to undertake a Criminal Justice/Jail Population Trend Analysis for the Tompkins County Jail, for an amount not to exceed $63,000. The vote was 11-3, with Legislators...

The Legislature authorized the County to enter into a contract with the City of Ithaca and to appropriate $17,000 from the Contingent Fund to support a study of governance models for Stewart Park. The vote was 10-4, with Legislators Martha Robertson, Dooley Kiefer, Mike...

Tompkins County is seeking nominees to serve on two volunteer citizen boards that advise the County Legislature on decisions made about our local environment: the Water Resources Council (WRC) has vacancies for individuals representing the general public (at-large seats...

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, as the County moves toward a goal of 75% waste...

Now that Election Day is over, those political campaign yard signs - whether made of plastic film or Coroplast® - can be recycled in Tompkins County.

Please remove the wire sign holders or stakes before recycling the signs. The metal sign holders and stakes can be...

The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) is recruiting two new members representing local arts and culture, and one new member representing lodging, to begin service in early 2017. Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application no later...

Contractors begin work this week on infrastructure improvements at the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC), 160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca.

The facility upgrades include repairs to the pavement and new striping, and could result in delays when...

Public information sessions scheduled 11/15 & 11/16 in Downtown Ithaca

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) is moving forward with its “What’s a bus stop?” project to better clarify for its passengers...

The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today recommended appropriating $15,000 in contingent funds to support a structural, mechanical, and codes assessment of the Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons. The study would be an initial step in the County’...

Now that Halloween is behind us, don’t forget to compost your Jack-o’-Lantern. Composting is easier than ever in Tompkins County! Residents can take advantage of the Solid Waste Division’s food scraps recycling program and bring their pumpkins and food scraps to one of ...

A free public summit at the end of this month will bring together people who work or live in Tompkins County to examine this area’s growing shortage of housing, its effects, and how we can work together to develop community-based solutions to this problem.

The...

Following a public hearing, the Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved a new Local Law opting in on a new provision of state law to provide a restricted sale price exemption on houses subject to a housing trust; the exemption covering the difference between the...

Responding to a measure advanced by Legislator Carol Chock, the Legislature, in 40 minutes of thoughtful discussion, considered whether the Legislature should urge the New York State of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require Cargill to prepare a full Environmental...

There were no speakers tonight, as the Legislature held its annual public budget hearing on the County’s 2017 Tentative Budget and Capital Plan for the next five years, the formal part of the County’s budget process devoted to inviting public comment. Legislature Chair...

The Legislature approved the appropriation of $6,500 from the Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection to support the acquisition of a 144-acre parcel on Heisey Road in Danby by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. The property, located in...

Tompkins County today announced that it is exploring the purchase of the Tompkins Trust Building on the Ithaca Commons to serve as a new home for The History Center in Tompkins County and a proposed heritage education center. As a part of that exploration, the County...

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...

“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...

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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 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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