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Tompkins County historian Carol Kammen has been awarded the 2020 Lehman Prize for Distinguished Service in New York History. She is being recognized for her career writing, promoting, and contributing to local community history. Kammen has served as county historian...

HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING A PERSON THAT BROUGHT A RACCOON TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOR ANIMALS

(ITHACA, NY, July 27, 2020) – The Tompkins County Health Department reports that a raccoon anonymously...

In recent weeks, local higher education institutions announced plans to welcome students for in-person instruction for the fall semester. Each reopening or reactivation plan has been developed with consistent and ongoing communications that began early in the pandemic...

Legislature Hears Update on COVID-19, Including Demographic Breakdown of 202 Total Positive Cases

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino and Public Health Director Frank Kruppa provided a local update on COVID-19. The update included a...

Tompkins County now has its own firefighter rehabilitation unit to support personnel at emergency incidents. The Rehab Unit’s primary function is to provide hydration and nourishment to emergency personnel as needed, and can respond to all types of incidents, both fire...

Legislature Passes Resolution Urging Federal Government to Provide Aid for States and Local Governments

A resolution urging the Federal Government to provide aid to states and local governments was filed from the floor by legislator Martha...

(Ithaca, N.Y.) Members of the Tompkins County Legislature’s Budget, Capital, and Personnel committee received an update on the 2020 County budget impacted by COVID-19 and discussed 2021 budget priorities. A recording of the meeting can be viewed...

(Ithaca, N.Y.) – Tompkins County officials have reviewed and support Cornell University’s plan for reactivation for the fall 2020 semester. Officials from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) are in ongoing communication with...

(Ithaca, N.Y. – 6/30/2020) – Tompkins County officials are in support of Ithaca College’s phased return to campus plan for the fall 2020 semester. Officials from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) are in ongoing...

(Ithaca, N.Y.) – Tompkins County is inviting visionary leaders to apply for the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer position by July 19th, 2020. This is a new senior leadership position...

Resolution to Change Legislative Terms in Anticipation of 2021 Delayed Census Results Fails

A resolution moved by Legislator Dan Klein directing the County Attorney to prepare a local law changing the term of office for Tompkins County Legislators...

(Ithaca, NY) – The outcome of the 2020 Census will have broad implications for issues such as local redistricting and funding for...

(Ithaca, NY) – Tompkins County Youth Services, in collaboration with CCE Tompkins’s 4H Youth Program, is spearheading a community approach to address the needs of families, youth, and caregivers during COVID-19. ​The 2020 Summer Planning Youth Taskforce seeks to ensure...

Tompkins County Officials Hold Town Hall, Discussing Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis, Racial Injustices

(Ithaca, NY) – Tompkins County officials held a live-streamed weekly town hall on Thursday evening, and shared updates on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis...

Legislature Passes Resolution Condemning Institutional Racism and the Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN

Tompkins County Legislators reflected on racial injustices before unanimously passing (14-0) a resolution condemning the killing of...

(Ithaca, NY) – Municipal libraries in Tompkins County have announced that they are all reopening with curbside or in-lobby pick-up in the week of June 15, 2020. Tompkins County residents can place a hold on their local library’s materials by phone, email, or through the...

(Ithaca, NY) – Tompkins County expects over $589,000 to be available for rent assistance for low to moderate income renters in Tompkins County whose incomes have been reduced due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be managed by Ithaca...

(Ithaca, NY) – According to an announcement Friday from Governor Cuomo, Tompkins County, as part of the Southern Tier Region, can begin phase two of reopening as of 1:00pm Friday, 5/29. The delayed reopening was in response to a further review of COVID-19 data by public...

Thursday evening New York State officials announced that phase two of reopening is being delayed to allow for additional review of data related to COVID-19. Tompkins County, as part of the Southern Tier, was slated to enter phase two on...

Due to the coronavirus, 2020 census data will be calculated and returned on a later-than-normal schedule and are not expected until mid 2021. One of the implications of the late returns is on local redistricting for elections. The Tompkins County Legislature is...

Tompkins County officials held a live streamed town hall on Thursday to share updates on the Southern Tier regional reopening and to answer questions submitted by the public. Video of the town hall can be found ...

Legislature Unanimously Passes Resolution to Purchase Rheonix Testing Equipment, Increasing Cayuga Health Systems Local Testing Capacity
A resolution brought forward by...

The Tompkins County Health Department received notification that a GreenStar employee tested positive for COVID-19. The individual worked multiple shifts at the GreenStar location at 770 Cascadilla Street last weekend.

Today, the Health...

Tompkins County departments are completing Reconstitution of Operation Plans (ROOP), preparing for reopening safely for staff and clients. The County is making the ...

County Administrator Directed to Carry Out Furloughs in Response to COVID-19 Budget Impacts

The Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution directing County Administrator Jason Molino to carry out planned furloughs of County...

Due to the coronavirus, 2020 census data will be calculated and returned on a later-than-normal schedule and are not expected until mid 2021. One of the implications of the late returns is on local redistricting for elections. The Tompkins County Legislature is...

The Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability (TCDPS) and the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) announced a corridor study of New York State Route 13 in Tompkins County.

The 9-mile stretch of the corridor under consideration...

From Tompkins County Director of Veterans Services J.R. Clairborne:

The annual POW/MIA Watchfire will be held Friday, September 20, 7 p.m., at Myers Point in Lansing.

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the...

As Tompkins County this Veterans Day commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the County’s new Historical Commission will present a reading of historical documents from 1918, focusing on what Tompkins County residents experienced during what was then...

Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman is credited with saving over 8 million lives a year, yet no one knows his name. The Tompkins County Immunization Coalition together with...

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...

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Community members who use a nine mile stretch of Route 13 between Warren Rd. and the Village of Dryden can learn more and take the project survey 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.

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