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Legislature Approves Name for the Tompkins Trust Building

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reconsidering a decision from its last meeting, the Legislature, by a 10-2 vote, approved the recommended name for the Tompkins Trust building on the Ithaca Commons, being purchased by the County as a new home for the History Center and co-located non-profits. The building will be known as the “Tompkins Center for History and Culture.” (Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne and Chair Michael Lane voted no; Legislators Martha Robertson and Carol Chock were excused.)

At the July 6th Legislature meeting, the measure had failed by a 7-3 vote, short of the 8 votes needed for passage. Legislator Peter Stein, who had been excused from that meeting, asked for the reconsideration vote. History Center director Rod Howe said community outreach concerning the name performed since the last meeting, as legislators had requested, produced limited response which was highly favorable. Before the vote, Legislator McBean-Clairborne expressed concern that the word “county” was not included in the name, remarking that she would support it, had that been the case.