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"Tompkins County is an incredible place to call home. Ours is a compassionate, resilient, and innovative community – one where people from all backgrounds are invited and welcomed. Our Tompkins County government is made up of 27 departments and hundreds of dedicated employees who work hard to meet the needs of our community and provide relevant resources and inclusive services. Remember, our County government works for you.

From ensuring fair and free local elections to providing Health Department inspections, there’s a lot of County work that happens behind the scenes. These are in addition to the human services, transportation infrastructure, and services like the DMV or the Tompkins County Public Library, all of which (and many more) are either run by or supported by Tompkins County.

As the Chairwoman of the County Legislature, it’s my pleasure to share our resources and services with you. I invite you to explore everything provided to you by our County government, and to reach out to your legislators or other dedicated public officials who are eager to represent and serve you. "
Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Chairwoman, Tompkins County Legislature

County Government Section






County governments in New York State offer a diverse collection of services. Originally created as administrative subdivisions of State government, their responsibilities include delivery of a wide range of human services delegated to counties by the State.

iconCounty government responsibilities include
check mark Human Services
check mark Public Health
check mark Public Safety and Corrections
check mark Roads and Maintenance
check mark Public Records
check mark Elections
TheRoleof County Government:
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About Tompkins County Section

iconTompkins County was founded in 1817. Since 1970, it has operated under a County Charter, with a legislature-administrator form of government.
scetion County Legislature

check mark Oversees county services and spending
check mark Sets policy and determines the best use of financial

check mark Appoints the County Administrator, County Finance
Director, County Attorney, and Legislative Clerk

check mark Legislators elected every four years from districts of
approximately equal population size

check mark As of 2014, the number of legislators and districts will
decrease from 15 to 14, as a result of the 2010 Census

 section County Administrator

check mark Oversees and coordinates county government
operations to carry out policies of the Legislature

check mark Appoints all other non-elected department heads, subject to Legislature confirmation
check mark Guides delivery of services by employees of county
departments and through contracts with not-for-profit
agencies and service providers

 section County Departments and Offices

icon Other County Elected Officials

check mark District Attorney
check mark Sheriff
check mark County Clerk

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Municipal Governments Section

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go to Town of Ithaca

go to Village of

spaceCayuga Heights

go toTown of Caroline

go toTown of Danby

go toTown of Dryden

go toVillage of Dryden

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go toTown of Enfield

go toTown of Groton

go toVillage of Groton

go toTown of Lansing

go toVillage of Lansing

go toTown of Newfield

go toTown of Ulysses

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icon Located within Tompkins County are the City of Ithaca;
the Towns of Ithaca, Caroline, Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Groton, Lansing, Newfield, and Ulysses;
and the Villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Lansing, and Trumansburg.


Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG)

is an association of local governments organized to provide a forum for discussion and negotiation leading to agreements for more efficient and fiscally responsible delivery of government services. One of the initiatives of TCCOG is the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium