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Legislature Considers Name for the Tompkins Trust Building

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Legislature considered, but did not yet approve, a recommended name for the Tompkins Trust building on The Commons, being purchased by the County as a new home for the History Center and co-located non-profits. The Project Advisory Committee, made up all partners that will be located in the building, recommended that the building be called the “Tompkins Center for History and Culture.” History Center executive director Rod Howe said that having a building identity is important as the organizations’ private capital campaign gets underway to support interior improvements.

Legislators Carol Chock and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne maintained that consideration now seemed rushed, McBean-Clairborne saying there should be time for the community to react to the name. The vote on the naming proposal was 7-3, short of the eight votes required for passage. (Legislators Chock, McBean-Clairborne and Chair Michael Lane voted no; Legislators Martha Robertson, Glenn Morey, Mike Sigler, and Peter Stein were excused.) The matter is likely to be brought up for reconsideration at the Legislature’s next meeting in two weeks, and Director Howe said that community reactions to the proposed name will be sought during that time.