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In two actions related to the County’s commitment to providing mental health services to inmates at the Tompkins County Jail, the Legislature in two separate unanimous votes, authorized the transfer of funds from the Mental Health Department to the Sheriff’s Office...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved the budget transfers necessary to restructure the County’s Medical Examiner Program, operated by the County’s Public Health Department. Instead of utilizing a contracted Medical Examiner, employed Deputy Medical Examiners, and...

The Tompkins County Youth Services Department (TCYSD) is hosting a Pitch Contest, an opportunity for Tompkins County non-profits to compete for grant funding.

Non-profits desiring to compete were required to submit an application with their program goal and...

As flu diagnoses continue to increase across New York State, Governor Cuomo has authorized counties to expand efforts that promote and increase access to flu vaccine and other prevention techniques. Tompkins County, similar to statewide trends, is seeing an increase in...

A Public Safety Message from Tompkins County Highway

As Tompkins County Highway crews work to keep roads clear of snow and ice during winter weather events, here are some important things to keep in mind to keep everyone safe:...

Presentations on two locally administered housing assistance programs will be featured at the next meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, February 12. The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Legislature Chambers,...

The Legislature confirmed Chair Martha Robertson’s appointments to the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency for 2018. Approved were four members of the Legislature: Rich John, as Chair of the IDA, and Legislators Robertson, Mike Sigler, and Leslyn McBean-...

Three months after the departure of retired County Administrator Joe Mareane, Legislature Chair Martha Robertson said the Legislature is pleased and proud to welcome new County Administrator Jason Molino to county government, and looks forward to a long and productive...

County Finance Director Rick Snyder presented the County Sales Tax report for 2017, reporting the County’s share of receipts for the year 2017 at $35,262,872—6.22% above receipts for 2016 and more than $1.8 million dollars above budget. Director Snyder said reconciled...

On Friday, January 26, 2018, the Tompkins County STOP-DWI program held its annual awards ceremony at Ithaca's Hilton Garden Inn. Several members from local law enforcement agencies received awards for their commitment to keeping the community safe. The award recipients...

The New York State Commission of Correction has affirmed its denial of Tompkins County’s request to extend its long-standing 18-bed variance at the Tompkins County Jail. The decision, signed by COC Chairman Thomas Beilein, came following the Commission’s January 17th...

The Tompkins County Public Library announces the continuation in 2018 of “Encountering History,” a monthly program with Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen. The group meets the second Thursday of every month in TCPL’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room at 12:00 PM. The...

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 there will be a FREE buprenorphine waiver training for Clinical Prescribers. This training is reserved only for those who can prescribe medications. The in-person portion of the training will be offered at Tompkins County Mental Health from...

Legislature Chair Martha Robertson characterized the Legislature’s year ahead as one of transition, preservation, and progress, as she delivered her annual message before the Tompkins County Legislature.  The priority of “transition” is inevitable, she said—with five new...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, urged the State Legislature to amend Section 224 of New York State County Law to permit counties to appropriate funds towards the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing. Initial research by the Department of...

The Legislature, by unanimous votes, approved three Strategic Tourism Implementation funding actions, as recommended by the County’s Strategic Tourism Implementation Board. Among them, the Legislature approved a $100,000 award to the Tompkins Center for History and...

The Legislature, without dissent, authorized the County Administrator to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the City of Ithaca regarding the Tompkins Consolidated Area Tranist (TCAT) facility. At the time that the County entered into a Regional Transit...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, accepted a three-year, $250,000 Clean Energy Communities grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and approved a related adjustment to the 2018 budget. The funds were awarded for two purposes:...

by Martha Robertson, Chair, Tompkins County Legislature

On behalf of Tompkins County government, I want to express in the strongest possible terms our outrage at President Donald Trump’s racist statements yesterday toward the Haitian people and all of...

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be open its regular hours, 7:00am to 3:30pm, and there will be...

Tompkins County organizations planning Community Celebrations or projects with potential to draw visitors from outside Tompkins County are invited to apply for financial support from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. Grant guidelines and applications are available at...

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for Central NY from tonight through early Sunday.  Wind Chillis the term used to describe the rate of heat loss from the human body resulting from both low temperatures and wind. ...

Due to the potential for dangerously low wind chill temperatures, six Tompkins County food scraps recycling drop spots will be CLOSED this Saturday, January 6th.

The...

A plan outlining how Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS) operates programs to provide employment services for Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients is available for public review and comment.

The two-year...

Beginning the new four-year legislative term, the Tompkins County Legislature, in its annual reorganization meeting, elected Martha Robertson Chair or the Legislature for 2018, and Anna Kelles Vice Chair. Robertson was the only member nominated for Chair, and was elected...

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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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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