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The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division – in partnership with the Town and Village of Dryden – is pleased to announce the opening of a food scrap recycling drop spot at the Dryden Town Highway Department.

The new drop spot will be open every Saturday beginning...

Tompkins County has been recognized as one of the nation’s top digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The award identifies best technology practices among counties nationwide, recognizing leading examples...

Following the recommendation of two of its committees, the Legislature, after two hours of thoughtful discussion, approved a new process for consideration potential development of the remaining County-owned portion of the Biggs property on Harris B. Dates Drive.  The...

Following a public hearing, the Legislature voted to repeal a Local Law passed in 2012 that opts out of a section of State Real Property Tax Law providing exemptions related to construction of solar, wind or farm waste energy systems.  The vote to repeal came without...

County Finance Director Rick Snyder reported to Legislators that the County’s recent sale of more than $9.5 million in one-year Bond Anticipation Notes, with funds received July 14, came at a very low interest rate of only 0.182%--that’s about half the rate of the net...

The Legislature’s Government Operations and Budget Committees, meeting in joint session, today recommended that the Legislature, at its meeting tomorrow, repeal earlier resolutions regarding sale of County-owned land on the Biggs site and start fresh with a new...

Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director at the Tompkins County Health Department reports the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Tompkins County. The case is an adult resident of Tompkins County.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by the...

The Department of Emergency Response has issued the following update, after a 3:00 p.m. NYSEG conference call with municipal officials:

As of 3:00 p.m., 237 NYSEG customers were without power in Tompkins County.  NYSEG has crews assigned to each incident and...

As of 12:45 p.m., NYSEG is reporting 406 customers without power in Tompkins County.  With 74 crews deployed, crews are moving very rapidly.  Many of the impacted areas are described by utility officials as “isolated.”

NYSEG expects to restore all Ithaca-area...

The Department of Emergency Response is issuing this update, following a NYSEG conference call with municipal officials this afternoon.

Approximately 7,000 Tompkins County customers are still without power, with restoration of all outages by 12:00 midnight...

As of 12:30 p.m., NYSEG is reporting approximately 8,500 customers without power in Tompkins County, the bulk of which is in the central and northern towns. 

There are reports of over 150 downed wires, and all but a handful are being guarded by NYSEG personnel as...

The special legislative committee charged with reviewing expressions of interest to redevelop the site of the Old Tompkins County Library is continuing to listen to the interests of those concerned about the future of the site at the corner of Cayuga and Court Streets,...

The three children who were playing with a bat that has been confirmed to have rabies still have not been identified. This occurred at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Monday, June 30 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The Tompkins County Health Department...

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has released the results of its Senior Housing Preferences Survey, conducted during April and May.  Considering the increasing older adult population and its effects on the demand for housing in Tompkins County, the Office...

It was reported that in the afternoon (1:30 -2:30 pm) on Monday June 30,  three young children were seen poking a downed bat with sticks in the tree line at Montgomery Park along Elm Street in the Village of Dryden.

If anyone has had contact with a bat at...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed County Administrator Joe Mareane’s appointment of Michael Hall as Interim Manager of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. (Legislators Mike Sigler and Nathan Shinagawa were excused.) Mr. Hall will serve as Interim Airport...

By unanimous vote, the Legislature adopted the 2014-2015 operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).  (Legislators Mike Sigler and Nathan Shinagawa were excused.) The $39.1 million budget includes a total sponsoring community contribution of about $4....

The Legislature observed a moment of silence in honor of long-time Legislator and past Chair Stuart Stein, who passed away June 24 at the age of 84.  Mr. Stein represented District 3 on the Board of Representatives (now Legislature) from 1982-2001, and served three years...

The Legislature, without dissent, scheduled a public hearing before the Legislature on July 15 at 5:30 p.m., on proposed repeal of a Local Law passed in 2012 that opts out of a section of State Real Property Tax Law providing exemptions related to construction of solar,...

With high temperatures and humidity forecast for the next few days, local officials are advising residents to take the steps necessary to protect themselves from the danger of heat-related illness.  The National Weather Service currently predicts the hot, humid weather—...

Two more meetings of the Tompkins County Jail Alternatives Task Force have been scheduled.

The next meeting will take place Monday, June 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Scott Heyman Conference Room of the County's Old Jail Conference Building, 125 E. Court Street,...

The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee has delayed consideration of proposed action that would ask the Legislature to authorize the prospective developer to apply to the Town of Ithaca to develop the last remaining County-owned portion of the Biggs property,...

The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) is seeking applications to fill an at-large vacancy. Applicants must be Tompkins County residents. Deadline for applications is July 1, 2014.

The BOH is a volunteer board that serves as the governing body for the Health...

The Tompkins County Highway Division will be closing Bald Hill Road, between Rt. 96B and Jennings Pond/Lieb Road, in the Town of Danby, beginning Monday, June 30th, at 6:00 a.m., through approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th, for box...

Acting on a resolution initiated by Legislator Dan the Legislature, by unanimous vote, expressed the Legislature’s strong support of rural public transit, in light of the impact of changes in New York State changes in managing and funding non-emergency Medicaid...

 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...

The county’s next Safe Medication Disposal event will be held this Saturday, April 26.

The collection event gives residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired or no longer needed household medications.  It is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug...

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...

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...

TOMPKINS TODAY

The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council seeks your input on the 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan.To learn more about the Plan and how to comment, click 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.

Preliminary proposals for redevelopment of the Old Library site are posted.  To review them, click HERE.

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