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2022 News Archives

With the cost of gasoline surpassing $4.00 per gallon, many people are starting to think about ways to reduce their gas bills. People who live a short distance from their work may not be as impacted, but all the other trips like shopping, school, etc. also add to driving miles and thus to the cost…
Tompkins County Legislature Passes Resolution Calling on Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature to Pass the Birds and Bees Protection Act A resolution was passed 12-2 (Legislators Shurtleff (R-Groton), Sigler (R-Lansing) opposed) calling on the New York State Governor and the State…
The Tompkins County Legislature stands with the people of Ukraine. The unwarranted aggression by the Russian leadership and military against the people of Ukraine is an attack against the Ukrainian people’s right to an independent, democratic sovereignty. We denounce the invasion and hope for a…
Tompkins County Passes Green Fleet Policy The updated Green Fleet policy passed unanimously, 13-0 (Legislator Mike Sigler (R-Lansing) excused). Tompkins County Chief Sustainability Officer Terry Carroll was on hand to answer questions and shared that “The new policy aims to hit the County’s…
Do You Have Access to Reliable and Affordable High-Speed Internet? Tompkins County Urges Residents to Complete Broadband Assessment Survey (Ithaca, N.Y., February 8, 2022) – Tompkins County is urging residents and local businesses to fill out a survey from New York State to help map broadband…
Legislators Continue Discussion on Community Recovery Fund, Determination of Source of Fund to Pay Consultant Fee Chairwoman Shawna Black shared that this discussion on what funds to use for the to-be-determined consultant tasked with administering the Community Recovery Fund grant program was…
To begin the meeting on the local Community Recovery Fund, Interim County Administrator Lisa Holmes gave a background on the discussions and decisions made by the Legislature to-date.  The fund was initially drafted by the Legislature following the ~$19 million in federal funding received by the…
Legislature Chairwoman Shawna Black Delivers 2022 State of the County Address Legislature Chairwoman Shawna Black (D-Ithaca) delivered remarks reflecting the state of Tompkins County. The address focused on the County’s services to residents, creative problem solving, and dedicated staff of…
Shawna Black Unanimously Elected as Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature Legislator Shawna Black (D-Ithaca) was unanimously elected (14-0) to serve as Chairwoman of the Legislature for 2022. Black has been a Legislator since November 2017 and has chaired the Health and Human Services…
The Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission is announcing four public sessions for input on redrawing lines for local legislative districts. Several sessions are being held, some in conjunction with the City of Ithaca’s Redistricting Working Group. Sessions will be accessible via Zoom…