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In an intense, two-hour session today, the Legislature’s special Jail Study Committee began to examine what comes next, now that it has received the findings from a comprehensive six-month study by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) regarding capacity issues at...

The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. During the hot summer months, bats...

The Legislature’s Old Library Committee today passed three resolutions that advance consideration of disposition of the County’s Old Library site to the full Legislature.

The committee recommended that the site, located at Cayuga and Court Streets in the City of...

Friday, August 18, 2017 is the last day for a new voter to postmark a registration form to be eligible to vote in the September 12, 2017 Primary Election.

Sample Ballots for the September 12, Primary Election will be available soon and will be viewable at...

Following a public hearing, the Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted a new County Wireless Surcharge Law. The new Local Law repeals the County’s former Local Law, passed in 2002, that established a 30-cent public safety surcharge on postpaid wireless communications...

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved appropriation of $20,500 from the Contingent Fund to support acquisition of a Mass Notification System for Tompkins County, and authorized the County to enter into a three-year contract with SwiftReach Company, of Mahwah, New...

In the latest required step to comply with New York State’s County-wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan Law, the Legislature, without dissent, endorsed the recommended Tompkins County Shared Services Plan and sent it back to the County’s Shared Services Panel...

The Legislature, by a vote of 11-3 (Legislators Peter Stein, Jim Dennis, and Will Burbank voted no), approved a matter of legislative procedure, amending the so-called “blue card” that must be completed and submitted by those wishing to speak during public privilege of...

Legislators, by a 13-1 vote (Legislator Dooley Kiefer dissenting), approved a resolution of support of development of the Cayuga Solar project in the Town of Lansing.

The measure notes that Cayuga Solar, created by the Cayuga Operating Company, proposes...

The Legislature approved new resolutions regarding acquisition by the County of the Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons, to house the History Center, along with co-located non-profits, to be known as the Tompkins Center for History and Culture.

The new...

The Legislature, in more than an hour of thoughtful discussion, considered a resolution, recommended by the County’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, to recognize the second Monday in October as “Indigenous...

Ithaca, NY – In its effort to invest in community-based tourism, the Tompkins County Tourism Program offers grants to local organizations to help promote events and develop visitor attractions and amenities. Tourism Program staff will host a workshop for anyone...

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a person near the intersection of Hanshaw Road and The Parkway in Cayuga Heights. The bite occurred the morning of Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

The dog is described as a small/medium beagle mix. The dog...

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has submitted a request to the State Commission of Correction seeking a one-year continuation of a variance allowing the County to operate its jail with 18 beds more than its 82-bed permitted capacity. The request included a commitment...

After a 15-month and extensive nationwide search, the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Board of Directors in a special board meeting today announced that it has selected Scot Vanderpool as TCAT’s general manager, effective Fri. Aug. 11.

Vanderpool, who...

Consideration of Tompkins County’s recommended Shared Services Plan moved another step forward today, as the Legislature’s Government Operations Committee, without dissent, endorsed the Plan and sent it on for consideration by the full Legislature.

The Legislature...

More than 40 representatives from local mental health organizations gathered on Monday, July 31, 2017 to launch the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition. The coalition began as a collaboration between the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Tompkins County Mental Health...

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spot in the City of Ithaca.

Beginning August 9th, the drop spot will operate every Wednesday...

The Legislature, without dissent, scheduled for its next meeting a public hearing on a proposed change in the County’s wireless communications surcharge law. The hearing will be held on August 15th, 5:30 p.m., at Legislature Chambers, located at the Governor Daniel D....

Blue-green algae blooms, also known as HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms), have been visually identified in the southern end of Cayuga Lake. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed blooms on each side of the lake. The Tompkins County Health...

The Tompkins County Youth Services Department (TCYSD) supports municipalities and organizations that provide services to young people. The organization provides a behind-the-scenes foundation for youth services in Tompkins County. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the...

Monday, July 31st, 2017 will be the first meeting of the Tompkins Suicide Prevention Coalition - thanks to collaboration between NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Tompkins County Mental Health Services (TCMHS), Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services (SPCS), Care...

The Tompkins County Health Department thanks all media outlets that published or broadcast our press release dated July 24, 2017. The owner of the small dog who bit a person in Cayuga Heights came forward so that the Health Department will be able to observe the dog and...

The Legislature’s special Transportation Committee of again today took up the issue of ride-hailing services, which for nearly the past month have been authorized to operate in all of New York State.

As part of that session, the committee heard from officials of...

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reported suspicious blue-green algae blooms, also known as HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms), in Cayuga Lake and is currently monitoring. These blooms may be small in size and confined to specific areas of the...

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...

“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...

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The next meeting will take place Sept. 26th .Agendas & minutes at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health

Tompkins County seeks qualified candidates to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Head of county government, to succeed retiring Administrator Joe Mareane next year. For more information, click HERE.

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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