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In a brief ceremony at the Department of Emergency Response on Friday, the DoER Large Conference Room was renamed as a lasting tribute to former director Lee Shurtleff, who is retiring after 32 years of service to Tompkins County. Because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

Tompkins County is temporarily restricting access to its departments and onsite workforce. These measures will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep Tompkins County employees safe as they work to maintain critical services to the community and its residents....

By Executive Order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Tompkins County DMV has been closed to the public for all in-person transactions. 

However, we have deemed essential some transactions to make sure residents have access during this time.  The Tompkins...

The Tompkins County Health Department was notified today (3/27) about 16 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in our community, bringing our total to 48 cases. As the number of positive test results has increased, we have evidence of community spread.

Community...

On Thursday, March 26th, Tompkins County officials were notified by a private employer at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport that one of their employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Tompkins County Health Department has completed a thorough contact...

The Tompkins County Health Department received notification of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a food worker. The individual worked two shifts at Mango Mango Dessert, a restaurant located at 159 Dryden Rd., Ithaca, NY.

The food worker was at Mango Mango Dessert on...

Cayuga Health (CH) and Tompkins County officials announced Monday that they are opening a new COVID-19 sampling center location for patients who meet screening criteria for testing to handle more widespread screening.

The Sampling Center will be open starting...

During this challenging time we want to assure the community that services continue to be provided to our homeless population. Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS) along with St. John’s Community Services have been working to accommodate the needs of...

Please note that Executive Order 202.8 of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo states the following to be in effect from March 20, 2020 until April 19, 2020:

• The extension of validity of any Driver’s License, Non-Driver Identification or registration expiring on or after...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is reinforcing the importance of social distancing for the community. Social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Community social distancing means:

  • People should not gather in groups...

On March 17th, County Administrator Jason Molino directed all licensed daycare centers within Tompkins County be closed through April 13th, 2020. In response to this order, the Child Development Council has established a plan to accommodate the child care needs of those...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of additional positive cases of COVID-19 earlier today (Wednesday). The individuals have been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing. TCHD public health nurses are conducting contact...

Tompkins County is temporarily reducing its onsite workforce in compliance with an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On March 16th, Cuomo ordered all local governments to pare down workforces as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

This allows non-essential...

The Tompkins County Legislature voted 10-4 (with Legislators Glenn Morey, Shawna Black, Amanda Champion and Henry Granison voting no) in favor of a resolution committing to financial terms between the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County in support of a community...

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Leslyn McBean-Clairborne (D-Ithaca) opened Tuesday night’s meeting by recognizing it was taking place under very different circumstances. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to suspend the Open...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of a third positive case of COVID-19. The individual has been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing. TCHD public health nurses have begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any...

County Administrator Jason Molino signed an Executive Order on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 requiring all licensed childcare centers in Tompkins County to close Wednesday, March 18...

Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and County employees, and in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Tompkins County Legislature Chair Leslyn McBean-Clairborne is directing Standing and Special Committees of the Legislature to postpone or...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of a second positive case of COVID-19. The individual has been in isolation since the samples were collected for testing. TCHD public health nurses have begun a contact investigation to determine if there were any...

The Administrative Offices of the Tompkins County Sheriff, including the Civil and Records Divisions, will be closed until further notice in line with efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The following functions of the Sheriff’s Office are suspended...

As announced yesterday (Saturday), Tompkins County has a confirmed case of COVID-19. As this situation continues to evolve and impact our community, multiple agencies and organizations are working together to provide a unified, coordinated response.

As indicated...

The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday March 17th, 2020 at 5:30pm. Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be closed to the public pursuant to...

To protect our Corrections staff and inmates, we have suspended inmate contact visitation within the Tompkins County Jail. Non-essential professional visitors will also not be permitted into the jail for group meetings.

To reduce the negative impacts this may...

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was notified by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) of a positive case of COVID-19 analyzed at the NYS DOH Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, NY. The sample has been sent to Centers for Disease Control and...

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and impact our community, multiple agencies and organizations are working together to provide a unified, coordinated response.

On Friday, March 13th, a State...

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...

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,...

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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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