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12-13-2013 Snow Shovelers Needed to Assist Senior Citizens
  With winter weather coming upon us, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging is updating its listing of snow shovelers. Deep snow and icy sidewalks are dangerous for everyone but especially for ...
12-12-2013 Request for Expressions of Interest Released for Redevelopment of Tompkins County Old Library
  Tompkins County is requesting expressions of interest for the purchase or lease, and redevelopment of, county-owned property which is the site of the Old Library building. The County intends to ...
12-11-2013 Forest Home Drive, Caldwell Road Closings
  The Tompkins County Highway Division announces the following road closings for Thursday, December 12. FOREST HOME DRIVE: The Highway Division will be closing Forest Home Drive, at the Caldwell ...
12-11-2013 Health Department Seeks Information About a Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection
  The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a man along the South Hill Recreation Trail, near the Six Mile Creek Reservoir in Ithaca. The bite occurred Tuesday, December 10, ...
12-09-2013 Information Presented on Jail Renovation Plan
  In a nearly three-hour-long session, the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee presented information and responded to questions on the County’s plan to renovate the County Jail and how that relates ...
12-04-2013 Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Plan Released
  The Tompkins County Health Department released the 2013 – 2017 Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHA is a profile of the current health of ...
12-03-2013 County Diversity and Inclusion Policy Adopted
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted a comprehensive County Diversity and Inclusion Policy—a policy that codifies the County’s commitment to “create a workplace environment that is inclusive, ...
12-03-2013 Legislature Thanks and Recognizes Members of the Special Committee on Broadband
  The Legislature expressed official appreciation to the volunteer members of its Special Committee on Broadband, as the committee begins to wind down three years of work. The resolution, approved ...
12-03-2013 Legislature Accepts Livable Wage Report
  The Legislature, following the recommendations of its Government Operations and Budget Committees, accepted, but did not adopt, the recommendations of a County work group following an extensive study ...
11-27-2013 Public Meeting on Cayuga Lake Modeling Project December 3
  The Tompkins County Water Resources Council will host a public meeting to discuss progress with the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 PM in the ...
11-26-2013 Curbside Recycling Delays
  Icy road conditions related to today’s inclement weather could result in delays in curbside recycling collection. Recyclables not picked up today will be collected on Wednesday, weather ...
11-25-2013 Legal and Financial Planning For Family Caregivers
  A workshop on "Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” will be presented by Joy Blumkin on Thursday, December 5, 6:30 PM -8 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. Martin Luther ...
11-25-2013 Thanksgiving Schedule for Tompkins County Solid Waste
  On Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will re-open on Monday, ...
11-25-2013 November Board Of Health Meeting Cancelled
  The Tompkins County Board of Health meeting on Tuesday, November 26 has been cancelled.
11-20-2013 Hanshaw Road Reconstruction Update. Meeting November 21
  The Hanshaw Road Reconstruction Project is beginning a winter shutdown this week, with traffic restored to the normal two-way traffic pattern. Work is scheduled to resume in mid-April, with one-way ...
11-19-2013 Cayuga Street Smokeout Challenge Nov. 21
  Can a city block quit smoking for a day? That's the challenge New Roots Charter School students are presenting to their peers and other Cayuga Street pedestrians on Thursday, November 21, 2013. ...
11-19-2013 County to Request Expressions of Interest for Old Library Property
  The Legislature, by a vote of 13-1, authorized the release of a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the County’s Old Library Property, at the corner of Ithaca’s Cayuga and Court Streets in ...
11-19-2013 County to Request Expressions of Interest for Old Library Property
  The Legislature, by a vote of 13-1, authorized the release of a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the County’s Old Library Property, at the corner of Ithaca’s Cayuga and Court Streets in ...
11-19-2013 Legislature Authorizes Nursing Home Transfer
  The Legislature authorized the transfer of title for Ithaca’s Beechtree Care Center to the Tompkins County Development Corporation, a procedural step to facilitate sale of the facility to the private ...
11-19-2013 Legislature, by Unanimous Vote, Adopts 2014 Tompkins County Budget
  After two months of budget deliberations, the Tompkins County Legislature adopted the County’s 2014 budget and its capital program for the next five years. After an hour’s discussion, including on ...
11-14-2013 Take ‘Pride’ in Recycling November 15th
  On Friday, November 15th, Tompkins County Solid Waste will celebrate America Recycles Day, a national campaign to raise awareness on the importance of recycling. TCSW staff will be on hand at ...
11-13-2013 Tompkins County Human Rights Commission Seeks New Members As It Marks 50th Anniversary
  The Tompkins County Legislature is currently seeking new members to serve on its Human Rights Commission ("Commission"). As provided for in the County Charter, the role of the Commission is to ...
11-13-2013 Family Flu Clinic on Saturday, November 16
  Flu immunizations will be available at the Tompkins County Health Department for children (six months and above) and adults from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16 at the Health ...
11-12-2013 The Tompkins County Health Department Seeks Information About a Dog to Rule Out Rabies Infection
  The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that bit a woman jogging along the paved Cayuga Waterfront Trail (between the 0-2.5 mile markers) that runs near the Ithaca Dog Park at Treman ...
11-12-2013 Little Talk About the Budget at County Budget Hearing
  The Tompkins County Legislature tonight called its annual hearing to listen to public comments on the recommended 2014 County Budget, but nearly all the comments related to the Public Safety Building ...
11-07-2013 Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council Seeks Public Input for Long Range Transportation Plan
  The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) is updating its Long-Range Transportation Plan for Tompkins County. The plan covers a 20-year time period through 2035. The purpose and ...
11-07-2013 Public Meeting Scheduled for Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan Scope
  Tompkins County will hold a public meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm as part of the process to update its 2004 Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be held at the Lifelong ...
11-07-2013 Legislature Schedules Hearing on Nursing Home Transfer
  The Legislature scheduled a public hearing on the transfer of Ithaca’s Beechtree Care Center—a procedural step that would convey title of the facility to the Tompkins County Development Corporation, ...
11-07-2013 Jail Renovation Project Discussed
  A dozen residents addressed the Legislature, expressing concern about the County’s plans to renovate the Public Safety Building to replace little used indoor exercise space at the Jail with a covered ...
11-06-2013 County Bond Sale Results in Significant Savings
  Tompkins County has achieved a very favorable interest rate in its sale of nearly $9 million in Serial Bonds, refunding of 2004 debt that will save the County more than $700,000 in total—more than ...
11-05-2013 Veterans Day Closings and Curbside Recycling Pick-up Schedule
  On Monday, November 11th, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) office will be closed. The office will re-open on Tuesday, November ...
11-01-2013 Committee Recommends Procedural Steps to Facilitate Transfer of Ithaca Nursing Home
  The Legislature’s budget committee today recommended the Legislature take necessary actions that would ultimately enable ownership of Ithaca’s Beechtree Care Center (formerly the Reconstruction Home) ...
10-31-2013 Public Meeting Scheduled for the Tompkins County Wayfinding & Interpretive Signage Plan
  The Tompkins County Tourism Program provided a Strategic Tourism Implementation grant earlier this year to the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce to develop a Wayfinding & Interpretive Signage Plan ...
10-30-2013 Tompkins County Health Department Closed on Thursday Afternoon – October 31
  The Tompkins County Health Department will be closed on Thursday, October 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for staff development. All Department staff will participate. The Department’s answering ...
10-30-2013 Chronic Disease Management Highlighted at Next Aging Services Network Meeting
  At the next Aging Services Network Meeting, Sue Olmstead, Chronic Disease Program Coordinator with the Health Planning Council of Tompkins County, will discuss local resources for Diabetes and other ...
10-30-2013 UPDATE: Forest Home Drive Bridge—Full Closure as of November 1
  The Forest Home Drive Bridge over Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca, which has been subject to a weekday closure since earlier this week, will be fully closed for reconstruction as of Friday, November ...
10-29-2013 Person-Centered Dementia Care Workshop Nov. 7
  A free workshop for persons concerned about a relative or friend with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is being held Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging, ...
10-29-2013 Legislature Adopts 2014 Budget Amendments
  In a brief special session, the Tompkins County Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator’s 2014 Tentative Budget and 2014-2018 Capital Program, as recommended by its ...
10-28-2013 Forest Home Drive Bridge Closed Beginning October 29
  The Forest Home Drive Bridge over Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca will be closed, beginning Tuesday, October 29, as New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) prepares for upcoming bridge ...
10-24-2013 Public Comment on Draft Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan Sought by November 12th
  Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties, in partnership with the New York State Department of State and Alta Planning and Design, have completed work on the Draft Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan and are ...
10-24-2013 Board of Elections Extended Hours
  To facilitate providing information and absentee voting for the November 5th General Election, the Tompkins County Board of Elections will be open extended hours: Saturday, October 26 - 9AM-12 ...
10-23-2013 County Environmental Advisory Boards Seek New Members
  Residents of Tompkins County are invited to apply for membership on advisory boards that provide input to the Tompkins County Legislature on environmental matters. The Water Resources Council (WRC) ...
10-22-2013 Recycling and Solid Waste Center Has New Website
  The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division announces the launch of its new website at www.recycletompkins.org. The upgrades have resulted in a cleaner ‘look’ that is easier to navigate and allows ...
10-22-2013 Legislators Recommend 2014 Amended Budget
  Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight recommended that the Legislature amend County Administrator Joe Mareane’s 2014 Tentative Budget and the Capital Program for the next five ...
10-21-2013 Livable Wage Funding Recommended, as Legislators Advance 2014 Budget Amendments
  More than a month after receiving a recommended 2014 County Budget from County Administrator Joe Mareane, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee began to propose recommended changes to ...
10-17-2013 Comments on Youth Services Funding Dominate Community Budget Forum
  Legislators tonight were urged to preserve funding requests to support county youth services programs, as the Legislature held its annual Community Budget Forum on the 2014 Recommended County ...
10-17-2013 October 21 Civil War Lecture Explores Historical Importance of Runaway Slaves
  Cornell historian Edward E. Baptist will deliver a presentation entitled “Freedom on the Move: The Underground Railroad and Big Data,” the latest in the series of Civil War lectures cosponsored by ...
10-17-2013 Next Safe Medication Disposal Day October 26
  The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal will hold its next Safe Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, October 26. The collection event, which gives residents the chance to safely dispose of no ...
10-16-2013 Budget Committee Wraps Up Presentation Phase of 2014 Budget Review
  Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee heard from some of the County’s largest departments tonight, as they held the final presentation meeting for departments and agencies as part of the ...
10-15-2013 Community Budget Forum October 17
  The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its annual Community Budget Forum this Thursday, October 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The public information meeting on the 2014 Recommended Budget will ...
10-15-2013 Legislature Urges Continued Fracking Moratorium and Advancing a Renewable Energy Economy
  The Legislature, responding to an initiative of the organization Elected Officials to Protect New York, is urging the Governor and Executive Branch agencies to continue the de-facto moratorium on ...
10-15-2013 Patricia Carey Reappointed as Social Services Commissioner
  The Legislature has accepted the recommendation of County Administrator Joe Mareane and reappointed Patricia Carey as County Commissioner of Social Services for a third five-year term. The vote was ...
10-10-2013 Youth Services Funding Discussed as Part of Latest Budget Review
  Budget requests from the County Youth Services department were among those examined by legislators tonight, as the Legislature’s Expanded Budget Committee continued its review of the 2014 County ...
10-09-2013 Columbus Day Closing and Curbside Recycling Pick-up Schedule
  The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division Office will be closed on Monday, October 14thth in observance of the Columbus Day holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, October 15th at 8:00am. The ...
10-08-2013 Library and TCAT Budgets Included in Latest Budget Review Session
  Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee heard seven more budget presentations tonight, as their review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2014 County Budget entered its ...
10-04-2013 Interested in developing affordable housing in Tompkins County?
  The Housing Fund - Funding Round 8: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) now open for the Community Housing Affordability Program and Community Housing Trust Program The Housing Fund, which ...
10-02-2013 Public Hearing Scheduled on 2014 Budget
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, set the public hearing date for the 2014 Tentative Budget and the County’s Capital Plan for the next five years. The hearing will be held Tuesday, November 12 at ...
10-02-2013 Legislature Accepts State Archives Shared Services Grant
  Legislators voted unanimously to accept a $150,000 State Archives Shared Services Grant, awarded to the Tompkins County Clerk’s Office, to extend the County’s Electronic Document Management System to ...
10-02-2013 Sale of Biggs Parcel Authorized for Cayuga Townhomes Project
  The County Legislature, after nearly three hours of thoughtful discussion, approved three resolutions that pave the way for potential sale of the last County-owned parcel on the former Biggs Complex ...
10-02-2013 Third Night of Budget Review Includes Human Services Discussion
  Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee, in their third night of review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2014 County Budget, heard seven more presentations from County ...
09-26-2013 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan Kickoff Survey
  Tompkins County will be updating its 2004 Comprehensive Plan by 2014 and needs the input of residents, as well as local employees, and employers, to help develop the scope of the Plan. The County has ...
09-26-2013 Government Operations Committee Reaches Recommendation on Livable Wage Report
  The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee has recommended that the Legislature accept, but not adopt, recommendations of a County work group following a four-month study of how the County’s ...
09-25-2013 County Budget Review Continues
  In their second night of deliberations Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee heard seven more department and agency presentations, as they review County Administrator Joe Mareane’s ...
09-23-2013 County Begins 2014 Budget Review
  Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight began review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2014 County Budget, hearing their first six presentations from County ...
09-19-2013 Ithaca Air Traffic Chief Wins “Manager Of The Year Award”
  Doug Lewis, manager of the Air Traffic Control Tower in Ithaca, this week was presented with the 2013 “Manager of the Year” award in a special ceremony at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. ...
09-19-2013 Flu Vaccinations Available at Tompkins County Health Department
  Are you considering whether or not to get a flu shot this year? Here’s an easy answer: Everyone, Every Year (Everyone over the age of 6 months). This is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease ...
09-17-2013 Legislature Urges Preservation of Regional Mental Health Services
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, followed the recommendation of its Health and Human Services Committee and urged that the State to preserve inpatient mental health services in the Southern ...
09-17-2013 Legislators Hear Comment on Livable Wage Issue
  The Legislature heard from nearly a dozen citizens who, following up a rally in DeWitt Park, voiced their strong support of requiring County contract agencies to provide a livable wage for their ...
09-17-2013 Administrator Releases 2014 Recommended Budget
  Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane has delivered to the County Legislature a 2014 Recommended County Budget that maintains (but does not expand) County services, addresses funding challenges ...
09-13-2013 Assembly Committee Urged to Preserve Inpatient Mental Health Services in the Southern Tier
  Relaying the severe concerns within Tompkins County government and among its citizens about New York State’s proposed mental health services reorganization plan, Legislature Chair Martha Robertson ...
09-11-2013 Vacancy on County Ethics Advisory Board
  Tompkins County invites county residents to apply to fill a vacancy on the County’s Ethics Advisory Board. The County seeks applicants who are familiar with the local community and possess diverse ...
09-10-2013 Weigh Scale Maintenance at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center
  The weigh scales at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center (RSWC) at 160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca will undergo a semi-annual inspection on Thursday, September 12th. It may be necessary to close ...
09-09-2013 Health Department Schedules Fall Rabies Clinics
  The Tompkins County Health Department has scheduled free Rabies Clinics in the county for dogs, cats, and ferrets. All clinics take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For location information, ...
09-07-2013 The Language of War - September 11 in Dryden: Original Dramatic Reading Gives Local Perspective on Life During the Civil War
  What were they thinking, those soldiers who went off to war? What did the home folks do? The Tompkins County Civil War Commemoration Commission will confront those questions in a dramatic reading ...
09-06-2013 Forest Home Bridge Reconstruction Set to Begin. Public Meeting September 12
  Tompkins County is planning to rebuild the one-lane, metal bridge on Forest Home Drive in the Town of Ithaca between Caldwell and Warren Roads beginning this fall. A public information meeting ...
09-05-2013 Tompkins Tourism Partner Award Nominations Accepted Through October 1
  Tourism is a powerful economic tool in upstate New York. All too often, the impact that conferences and meetings have on the local economy is overlooked. So are the individuals who invest their own ...
09-04-2013 Event to Pay Tribute to Forgotten Local Civil War Hero
  A memorial event this Saturday will pay tribute to Captain Joseph H. Gregg, of Newfield, a forgotten hero who died in the Battle of Gettysburg. The event, sponsored by the Tompkins County Civil ...
09-03-2013 Legislature Adopts Report Addressing Library Budget Challenges
  The Legislature, without dissent, adopted a work group report that recommends a short-term financial strategy to respond to a sizable structural budget deficit for the Tompkins County Public Library, ...
09-03-2013 Public Safety Building Capital Project Approved
  The Legislature approved a capital project that will renovate the County Public Safety Building to increase jail capacity and be expected to decrease the County’s inmate board-out expenses. (The ...
09-03-2013 Legislature Implements Additional Mortgage Tax
  The Legislature, by a vote of 13-1, implemented a provision of New York State Tax Law that authorizes the County to apply an additional .25 percent Mortgage Recording Tax for mass transportation ...
08-30-2013 County Clerk Reminds the Public of Local Deed Copy Services
  In light of information being circulated by an out-of-state firm, Tompkins County Clerk Aurora R. Valenti informs citizens that her office can quickly provide a copy of a homeowner’s deed at little ...
08-29-2013 Lansing Poll Site Change for Primary
  The Ithaca Reform Temple will not be available for use as a poll site for the September 10 Primary Election due to flooding earlier this summer. Voters who would have used that site (Lansing ...
08-29-2013 Legislature Approves Extension of Additional One Percent Sales Tax
  At a brief special meeting, the Legislature took the final step to authorize extension of the County’s additional one percent sales tax. With the Legislature’s action, the one percent tax, in effect ...
08-27-2013 Government Operations Committee Receives Livable Wage Policy Report
  The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today received the report from a four-month-long study of a County work group that examined the County’s Livable Wage policy, in effect for the past ...
08-27-2013 Information on Proposed Public Safety Building Renovation Project Now Posted
  Information on the proposed capital project that would renovate the County’s Public Safety Building to increase jail capacity is now posted on the County Administration web site. To view the ...
08-26-2013 Committee Recommends Implementation of Additional Mortgage Recording Tax
  The Legislature’s budget committee today recommended that the Legislature implement a provision of New York State Tax Law that authorizes the County to apply an additional .25 percent Mortgage ...
08-23-2013 Democratic and Working Families Primary September 10
  The Democratic and Working Families parties will have a countywide Primary Election on September 10, 2013. Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m. You must already be enrolled in one of those ...
08-22-2013 Last Surviving Civil War Soldier to be Honored
  A service this Saturday will honor George H. Ehle, who was Tompkins County’s last surviving Civil War veteran. The memorial event will be held on Saturday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m., at Mr. Ehle’s ...
08-21-2013 Tourism Board Seeks Four Representatives
  The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) is recruiting four new members to begin service in January 2014. Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application no later ...
08-20-2013 County Accepts $2.8 Million Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant
  The Legislature, without dissent, authorized the County to accept a more than $2.8 million interoperable communications grant awarded to the Department of Emergency Response, the grant program ...
08-20-2013 Legislature Backs Local Requests for State Emergency Disaster Funding
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, voiced its official support of local requests for New York State disaster funding to mitigate damage caused by the extraordinary rainstorm that swept through the ...
08-20-2013 Legislature Approves Human Services Building Expansion
  The Legislature approved a modest expansion of the County’s Human Services Building to house the Community Justice Center’s Day Reporting Program, a relocation that will enable the County to vacate ...
08-16-2013 Board of Elections Seeks Poll Workers
  The Board of Elections is currently looking for Poll Site Inspectors and Managers. This is a great opportunity for folks interested in participating in the political process. Inspectors sign in ...
08-14-2013 Basic STAR Exemption Recipients Must Re-Register This Year
  County Assessment Director Jay Franklin alerts property owners that New York State is requiring all those who receive the Basic STAR exemption to re-register this year. Beginning August 19th, the ...
08-14-2013 Emergency Declarations Made Following Last Week’s Storm
  Tompkins County and the Town of Enfield, as of this afternoon, have declared local emergencies related to response and recovery from last week’s weather. Tompkins County Director of Emergency ...
08-12-2013 Committee Recommends Public Safety Building Renovation
  The Legislature’s Public Safety Committee today indicated its support for a proposed capital project to modify the County Public Safety Building to increase jail capacity—a project that could be ...
08-11-2013 Contract Awarded for Recycling’s “Next Frontier”
  The Tompkins County Legislature has unanimously approved a three-year contract with a Trumansburg firm to expand what Solid Waste Division Manager Barbara Eckstrom calls the ‘next frontier’ of ...
08-09-2013 County Telephone Service Restored. Officials Continue to Advise Caution Following Last Night’s Storms
  County officials report that telephone service has now been restored to all County departments. A number of offices, including those in the County’s Courthouse Complex, had experienced a loss of ...
08-08-2013 Work Group Releases Report on County Livable Wage Policy
  After four months of study, a nine-person work group convened by Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane to study the County’s 2003 Livable Wage Policy today released a report outlining its ...
08-08-2013 Motorists Advised to Use Caution Following Torrential Rains
  The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response is advising motorists to take extreme care in travel following the storms that passed through the area this evening. Torrential rains have ...
08-06-2013 Legislature Bids Fond Farewell to Retiring Finance Director David Squires
  On the occasion of his final Legislature meeting, the Legislature honored and thanked Finance Director David Squires, retiring after more than 20 years of service. “We are going to miss you ...
08-06-2013 Legislature Approves Innovative Partnership to Procure Renewable Energy
  The Tompkins County Legislature approved a new approach that will enable Tompkins, and other public entities throughout New York State, to buy electricity from small-scale renewable energy producers. ...
08-06-2013 Legislature Inaugurates New Legislative Chambers
  The Legislature convened its first meeting in its new Legislative Chambers, marking the historic occasion with a brief ceremony and open house for the public. The Legislature has moved its Chambers ...
08-05-2013 County Poised to Partner in Innovative Approach for Procurement of Renewable Energy
  In what would be the first program of its type in New York State under a new regulatory provision, a committee of the Tompkins County Legislature has recommended that the County work in partnership ...
08-05-2013 Tompkins County Announces Fall 2013 Funding Opportunity: Grant Applications Due September 20th
  Are you interested in helping implement Tompkins County’s 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan? Does your organization have a project with strong potential to draw visitors from outside Tompkins County? Would ...
08-05-2013 Some County Departments Without Telephone Service
  As the result of last night’s storm, telephone service is out at several County departments located in the County’s downtown courthouse complex (County Legislature, County Clerk, District Attorney, ...
08-02-2013 Open House and Ribbon Cutting for New Legislature Chambers August 6
  The Tompkins County Legislature invites the public to an open house and ribbon cutting for its new Legislative Chambers on Tuesday, August 6, before the Legislature’s regular meeting. The open ...
07-29-2013 Mail Check Postcards Coming Soon
  Most registered voters in Tompkins County will be getting a yellow “mail check” postcard from the Board of Elections during the week of August 5. This card tells voters what election district they ...
07-26-2013 Hanshaw Road Reconstruction Project Update
  The Hanshaw Road Reconstruction Project (between Sapsucker Woods Road and Pleasant Grove Road, in the Town of Ithaca) is scheduled to begin Monday, August 5th, at 7:00 a.m., weather ...
07-23-2013 Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan to be Featured at Celebrate Cayuga Lake Event
  Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties, in partnership with the New York State Department of State and Alta Planning and Design, have been working for the past six months to develop a water trail plan ...
07-16-2013 Residents Advised to Take Care in Current Hot Weather Conditions
  Local officials are advising residents to take the steps necessary to protect themselves from the effects of ongoing heat. Although conditions are not technically a “heat wave” (defined by the ...
07-16-2013 Legislature Marks End of an Era in Courthouse Legislative Chambers
  Looking backward and looking ahead, the Tompkins County Legislature took a few minutes to reflect, as it marked the end of 80 years in its home on the second floor of the Tompkins County Courthouse. ...
07-16-2013 Karen W. Baer Appointed Director of Human Rights
  The Tompkins County Legislature has confirmed the appointment of Karen W. Baer as Tompkins County Director of Human Rights. County Administrator Joe Mareane’s appointment was confirmed by unanimous ...
07-15-2013 Tompkins Government Innovations Shared at Leadership Forum
  Innovative programs undertaken by Tompkins County government were discussed today as part of a leadership forum held in Rochester. Tompkins County was invited to participate in the forum, held as ...
07-12-2013 Next Meeting to be Legislature’s Last in County Courthouse Chambers
  After 80 years of deliberations its current chambers, the Tompkins County Legislature on Tuesday, July 16 will meet for the last time at the Tompkins County Courthouse. After years of addressing ...
07-11-2013 Public Meeting Scheduled for Hanshaw Road Reconstruction
  A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17th, at 7:00 p.m., at the St. Catherine of Sienna Parish Hall, off Blackstone Avenue, regarding the Hanshaw Road reconstruction project. The ...
07-10-2013 Committee Recommends Human Services Building Expansion to Accommodate Day Reporting
  The Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee today recommended that the County proceed with a modest expansion of its Human Services Building to house the Community Justice Center’s Day Reporting ...
07-03-2013 Coddington Road Closing in Town of Caroline
  The Tompkins County Highway Division will be closing Coddington Road, between house numbers 819 and 841, in the Town of Caroline, beginning Monday, July 8th, at 6:00 a.m., through approximately 4:30 ...
07-02-2013 Officials Urge Motorists to Take Care on Roads Affected by High Water
  As Tompkins County continues to experience the threat of flash flooding from ongoing periods of rain and saturated ground, the County Department of Emergency Response continues to urge motorists to ...
07-02-2013 Legislature Adopts Fund Balance Policy
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted a new Fund Balance policy, one that increases the County’s unassigned General Fund balance to 10%, from the former level of 5%, which had been proscribed ...
07-02-2013 Legislature Approves TC3 Budget
  By unanimous vote, the Legislature adopted the 2013-2014 operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). The $38.3 million budget includes a total sponsoring community contribution of ...
07-01-2013 Officials Report Some Flooded Roads in Caroline and Dryden from Ongoing Rain
  The Tompkins County region remains under a Flood Advisory due to the continuing spells of rain and saturated ground conditions. The County Highway Department reports "full ditches" resulting in ...
06-28-2013 New Recycling Guidelines Brochure Now Available
  Over the next few weeks, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division will be sending county residents the new 2013-2014 Recycling Guidelines. Be sure to check your mailbox for your ...
06-27-2013 Ted Schiele Honored By New York State Health Department
  Ted Schiele, Planner/Evaluator and Tobacco Control Program Coordinator was recognized recently by the New York State Department of Health in its Public Health Works! campaign. The Tompkins County ...
06-18-2013 Climate Showcase Community Proposal – Second Public Information Meeting Scheduled for July 10th
  Tompkins County is holding a second public information meeting on Wednesday July 10th to explain a proposal for development of a “Climate Showcase Community” on 26 acres of County-owned land on ...
06-18-2013 Legislature Endorses Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan
  The Legislature, by a vote of 12-1, endorsed the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan, a regional, eight-county plan that includes specific actions that can reduce greenhouse ...
06-18-2013 Legislature Adopts Local Law on Property Tax Cap
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted a Local Law that preserves the Legislature’s option to override the State’s property tax cap, if that is determined to be necessary in adopting the 2014 ...
06-18-2013 Hanshaw Road Reconstruction Contract Awarded
  The Legislature awarded the construction contract for the long-planned Hanshaw Road reconstruction project in the Town of Ithaca. The Legislature awarded the contract to Suit-Kote Corporation of ...
06-14-2013 Tompkins County Recognized for Excellence in Records Management
  The New York Association of Local Government Record Officers (NYALGRO) has honored Tompkins County with the Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service, recognizing the County’s achievements in ...
06-13-2013 Personnel Staff Receives State Association’s Highest Honor
  A staff work team of the Tompkins County Personnel Department has received a state organization’s highest award for its development of the County’s online employment application system. At its ...
06-12-2013 State Consolidated Funding Application Workshop in Ithaca June 18
  The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council has announced competition guidelines and resources available for Round III of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council ...
06-12-2013 Capital Plan Review Committee Nears Recommendation Regarding Day Reporting Program
  Continuing its examination of how the Community Justice Center’s Day Reporting Program might be relocated so that the County could vacate the Old County Library building, the Legislature’s Capital ...
06-10-2013 Public Meeting June 12 About Cayuga Lake Modeling Project and Phosphorous Levels
  The Tompkins County Water Resources Council will host a public meeting to discuss the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project. This project will support the New York State Department of Environmental ...
06-05-2013 Climate Showcase Community Proposal – Public Information Meeting June 12
  On Wednesday, June 12, Tompkins County will hold a public information meeting to explain a proposal for development of a “Climate Showcase Community” on 26 acres of County-owned land on Harris B. ...
06-04-2013 No Comment at Hearing Regarding 2014 Tax Cap
  The Legislature sought citizen comment regarding a proposed Local Law that would leave open for the Legislature the option of overriding the State’s property tax cap, should that become necessary as ...
06-04-2013 Public Hearing Scheduled on TC3 Budget
  The Legislature, without dissent, scheduled the public hearing on the 2013-2014 Tompkins Cortland Community College requested operating budget. (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused.) The ...
05-24-2013 World No Tobacco Day Activity Spotlights Local Pharmacy
  “Think globally, act locally” still resonates, even when it comes to curbing tobacco use. That’s why Tobacco Free Tompkins is using World No Tobacco Day, May 31, to recognize a local, independent ...
05-24-2013 Safe Medication Drop Box Program Expanded Throughout Tompkins County
  The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has announced that its “Med Return” Drop Box program, initiated last September, is now expanded to nine locations in Tompkins County, making it even easier ...
05-23-2013 Public Meeting May 30 for Ellis Hollow Road Improvements (NEW DATE)
  A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Ellis Hollow Community Center, regarding the next phase of the Ellis Hollow Road project, from Genung Road to Game Farm ...
05-22-2013 Workshop June 5 on How Lifestyle Affects Youth Athletic and Academic Performance
  The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, in partnership with TST BOCES and the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, is sponsoring a full-day workshop June 5 examining the effects of lifestyle ...
05-21-2013 Legislature Closes Out Center of Government Study
  The Legislature formally resolved its Center of Government Study, begun in 2010, accepting by unanimous vote the project business case analysis prepared by HOLT Architects, with involvement of expert ...
05-21-2013 Legislature Adopts 2014 Financial Goal, Fiscal Targets
  As the first step in the process of developing the 2014 County budget, the Legislature has approved a 2014 financial goal that directs the County Administrator Joe Mareane to prepare a recommended ...
05-16-2013 NYSDEC Stormwater Annual Report for the Tompkins County Stormwater Coalition Now Available for Review and Comment
  The annual report for Tompkins County’s Stormwater Coalition is now available for review and comment. Members of the public are invited to ask questions and provide comments on the 2012-2013 ...
05-16-2013 Don't Forget to Write! Great Ithaca Write-In May 17th
  A reminder that May 17 is the 25th anniversary of "The Great Ithaca Write-In"--an initiative led by Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen, with the date proclaimed by Tompkins County Legislature ...
05-15-2013 Public Comment Sought on Proposed Amendments to Child and Family Services Plan
  For the next 30 days, the Tompkins County Department of Social Services will accept comments from the public on amendments to the following changes to the Child and Family Services Plan: The ...
05-10-2013 Ithaca Airport Tower to Remain Open
  Local officials are applauding the decision today by the federal government to restore funding to keep open the control tower at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The U.S. Department of ...
05-08-2013 Committee Review Continues Toward Vacating Old Library
  Continuing its examination of how the County could vacate the Old County Library building, the Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee today reviewed updated preliminary concept drawings prepared ...
05-07-2013 What Are Tompkins County’s Health Challenges? Health Department Seeks Community Input
  What are Tompkins County’s greatest health challenges, today and over the next five years? The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) invites the community to weigh in on this question as part of a ...
05-07-2013 Bonding Authorized for $6.5 Million in Capital Projects
  In three separate votes, the Legislature approved the issuance of serial bonds and notes to support nearly $6.5 million in County capital projects—up to $4.3 million to help support road and highway ...
05-07-2013 Legislature Renews Call for Ban or Moratorium on Fracking and Urges New Environmental Review Process Due to Conflicts of Interest
  The Legislature once again urged a ban or moratorium on high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in New York State—supporting bills pending in the State legislature that would, if enacted, support ...
05-07-2013 Legislature Supports Legislation to Amend Mortgage Recording Tax
  The Legislature, by a vote of 13-1 (Legislator Dooley Kiefer voted no; Legislator Jim Dennis was excused), “endorses, supports, and encourages” the State Legislature to adopt pending bills in the ...
05-01-2013 Applicants Sought for Sportsmen’s Position on Fish and Wildlife Management Board
  Tompkins County is seeking applicants to fill an open two-year term representing the County on the regional New York State Fish and Wildlife Management Board. The position serves as the County’s ...
05-01-2013 Work Group Hears Comments on County Livable Wage Policy
  The County work group reviewing the County’s Livable Wage Policy heard comments today regarding the policy, which has been in effect since 2003. The policy calls for the County “to consider wage ...
04-29-2013 Paying for Long Term Care: Presentation May 2
  The Caregiver support group of the Office for the Aging is sponsoring a presentation on "Paying for Long Term Care" on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 PM at Lifelong, 119 W. Court St., Ithaca. David ...
04-26-2013 Department of Emergency Response Urges Community to Take Part in RecruitNY Open Houses
  The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response is alerting the community to Recruitment Open Houses being held around the county this weekend, as part of the third annual statewide “RecruitNY” ...
04-25-2013 County Invites Input on Livable Wage Policy May 1
  A County work group reviewing the County’s Livable Wage Policy has scheduled two public input sessions on Wednesday, May 1 to gather public comment on the Livable Wage Policy, in effect since 2003. ...
04-23-2013 Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Urge FAA, Senate Leaders to Keep Ithaca Airport Tower Open
  U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called upon the federal government to take the necessary steps to keep the Ithaca Airport tower open, in the wake of federal sequestration. ...
04-22-2013 Safe Medication Disposal Day This Saturday, April 27
  A reminder that the county’s next Safe Medication Disposal Day will be held this Saturday, April 27. The collection event gives residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired or no ...
04-19-2013 Emergency Dispatch Professionals Thanked and Honored
  Tompkins County is expressing thanks to its dedicated emergency telecommunications personnel, as it marks National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Tompkins County. Every year during the ...
04-18-2013 Broadband Committee Asks People to Register Interest in Broadband Service
  Tompkins County’s Special Committee on Broadband is asking people to contact the County’s partner in extending high-speed Internet service, Clarity Connect, to indicate their interest in receiving ...
04-18-2013 Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan Workshops April 24-25
  Are you interested in helping plan a new water trail for Cayuga Lake? Tompkins, Cayuga, and Seneca Counties, in partnership with the New York State Department of State, have engaged a consultant ...
04-16-2013 Legislature Delays Action County Code of Ethics
  After discussion, the Legislature delayed action on a proposed new Local Law that would amend Chapter 32 of the Tompkins County Code: the Code of Ethics. Legislators voted 10-4 to delay ...
04-16-2013 Old Courthouse Renamed in Honor of Governor Daniel Tompkins
  The Legislature approved the permanent renaming of the Old Tompkins County Courthouse as the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, in honor of Governor Tompkins, who served as Governor of New York ...
04-12-2013 Opt-Out of Junk Mail for Earth Day
  Mail Preference Service Helps Tompkins County Save Trees and Eliminate Solid Waste. Each year, 10 billion pounds of solid waste are created by direct mail advertising, but this April 22nd in ...
04-08-2013 April 11 Event Will Focus on Hydrilla Eradication Plans for 2013
  At a free public event this week, sponsored by the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council and the Hydrilla Task Force (HTF) of Tompkins County, will provide the public the opportunity to ...
04-08-2013 TCCOG Sponsors April 16 Forum on Gas Drilling Impacts on Human and Animal Health
  An upcoming educational forum, sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments, will examine the potential health effects of gas drilling on farm animals and pets, and how such potential ...
04-05-2013 Possible Delays at Recycling and Solid Waste Center
  The weigh scales at the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be serviced on Monday, April 8th during operating hours. Please use caution as traffic patterns may change. Be ...
04-05-2013 Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response Promoting 9-1-1 Awareness and Education in April
  April is National 9-1-1 Education Month, and the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition (the Coalition) is encouraging public safety officials, schools, government officials, and industry leaders to ...
04-03-2013 Richard C. Snyder Appointed County Director of Finance
  Richard C. Snyder has been appointed as Tompkins County’s Director of Finance. The Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed the appointment, as recommended by the Director of Finance search ...
04-03-2013 County Will Explore Suit Against the FAA as Part of Aggressive Effort to Keep Airport Tower Open
  County Administrator Joe Mareane briefed Legislators on efforts to seek funding to keep the control tower open at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, in the wake of the loss of federal funding for ...
04-03-2013 Legislature Reaches Position on SAFE Act
  The Tompkins County Legislature, after listening to over two more than hours of concerned public comment and discussing the issue for another hour-and-a-half, reached its position on the New York ...
03-27-2013 Committee Recommends Legislature Seek Re-Examination of New York SAFE Act
  The Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, in a more than two-hour-long special session, with six alternate proposals before it, hammered out a recommended resolution for the full Legislature to ...
03-26-2013 County Moves Ahead With Examination of Livable Wage Policy
  Two committees of the County Legislature have agreed that the County should proceed with an examination of the County’s Livable Wage policy. The Legislature’s Budget, Capital, and Personnel ...
03-26-2013 Applicants Sought for Tompkins Cortland Community College Trustee
  The Tompkins County Legislature is seeking an individual to appoint to the Board of Trustees of Tompkins Cortland Community College. The appointment will complete an unexpired term ending in ...
03-24-2013 Airport Officials Respond to Sequestration Concerns
  Local officials and air travel experts today responded to the loss of federal funds for control tower operations at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, assuring the flying public that the Ithaca ...
03-20-2013 Tompkins County Once Again Ranked One of the Healthiest Communities in New York State
  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin today released county health rankings for most counties in the United States. Tompkins County was ranked the third healthiest county ...
03-19-2013 Bonding Authorized for Cayuga Medical Center Improvements
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Pam Mackesey was excused), approved issuance by Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca of up to $25 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds by the Tompkins County ...
03-19-2013 Citizens Speak Out on New York SAFE Act; Legislators Call Special Public Safety Meeting Next Week to Examine the Issue
  The Tompkins County Legislature listened to nearly three hours of public comment regarding the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (more commonly known as the SAFE Act), ...
03-18-2013 County Seeks Comment on Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan March 20
  At two public meetings coming up on Wednesday, March 20, the public will be asked for input on the draft Tompkins County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, an updated plan developed ...
03-14-2013 First Program Scheduled at County-Supported Sustainability Center
  The new Sustainability Center, located at the County’s new Human Services Annex, will open its doors next week, with an intergenerational program focused on local food and farming. On Thursday, ...
03-14-2013 SAVE THE DATE - Next Safe Medication Disposal Day Saturday, April 27
  Mark your calendar! The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has set the date for its next Safe Medication Disposal Day. The collection event, which gives residents the chance to safely dispose ...
03-13-2013 Committee Sets Stage for Study of Old Library’s Future
  Reviewing a framing memo presented by County Administrator Joe Mareane, the Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee today agreed to a plan for examining the future of the Old County Library ...
03-11-2013 Legislators Urged to Oppose New York State SAFE Act
  Concerned citizens today packed the meeting of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee, urging that the County call upon New York State to repeal its new SAFE Act, which has imposed new regulations ...
03-07-2013 The State of Tompkins County Youth: A 2012 Needs Assessment of Young People from Birth to Age 24
  The Tompkins County Youth Services Department, along with community partners, has completed a needs assessment of residents between the ages of 0-24 to identify current trends, needs and resources. ...
03-06-2013 A Message to the Community from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
  Conflicting information from various sources has done a good job of confusing the general public about what the risks of sequestration might be, what impact it might have on our local economy, and ...
03-05-2013 Legislature Opposes Governor’s Proposal Regarding IDA Sales Tax Abatements
  The Legislature went on record in opposition to proposed changes in the Governor’s Executive Budget that would constrain the authority of local Industrial Development Agencies, such as the Tompkins ...
03-05-2013 $2.2 Million State Grant Awarded to Extend Local Broadband Service
  Legislator Pat Pryor, Chair of the County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband, tonight announced that New York State has awarded a $2.2 million State grant to extend high-speed Internet ...
03-01-2013 Absentee and Sample Ballots Available for Village Elections
  The Villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden and Groton will hold elections on Tuesday, March 19. Only registered voters living within these village’s boundaries are eligible to vote. Sample ballots can be ...
02-25-2013 Nominate an Outstanding Senior!
  Do you know of an older adult who has done something special for the community? Nominate him or her to be recognized by the Office for the Aging at its Annual Luncheon in May 2013! The Tompkins ...
02-25-2013 Administrator Seeks Review of County Livable Wage Policy
  In the first of two meetings with legislative standing committees, County Administrator Joe Mareane today asked the Legislature’s Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee to review a recommended ...
02-19-2013 IDA Appointments Approved
  The Legislature, by a vote of 9-3, approved Chair Martha Robertson’s appointments to the County Industrial Development Agency. (Legislators Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Kathy Luz Herrera, and Dooley ...
02-19-2013 TC3 President Dr. Carl Haynes Briefs Legislature on State of the College
  In his annual State of the College message to the County Legislature, Dr. Carl Haynes said he is optimistic about the future of Tompkins Cortland Community College in continuing to effectively serve ...
02-13-2013 County Awarded $2.8 Million Dollar Grant to Extend Reach of Emergency Communications
  The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has awarded Tompkins County a more than $2.8 million dollar emergency communications grant, supporting enhancements to the ...
02-12-2013 Fire Extinguishers Now Accepted for Recycling
  The Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center now accepts fire extinguishers for recycling free of charge. Federal Safety Equipment of Candor, NY will take the fire extinguishers, remove ...
02-11-2013 Silbey Lecture February 11 Focuses on Democrats’ Role in the Civil War
  Noted Cornell historian Joel Silbey will talk about how the Democratic Party influenced the course of the Civil War, in his presentation “Challenging Lincoln,” the latest in the series of Civil War ...
02-07-2013 With Snow Forecast for Friday, Residents Advised to Take Care
  The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response advises residents to use normal safety precautions for dealing with snow, in light of several inches of snow forecast for this region on ...
02-06-2013 Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Alderperson J.R. Clairborne Recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Service
  County Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne and City of Ithaca Alderperson William (J.R.) Clairborne are being honored for their outstanding contributions to this community as recipients of the City ...
02-04-2013 Strategic Tourism Planning Board Announces Spring 2013 Funding Opportunity: Grant Applications Due March 5th
  Are you interested in helping implement Tompkins County’s recently completed 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan? Does your organization have a project with strong potential to draw visitors from outside ...
01-30-2013 The Red Badge of Courage Continues Civil War Commission Film Series This Sunday
  The Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission continues its Civil War film series this Sunday, February 3, with the showing of the film “The Red Badge of Courage.” The screening will ...
01-29-2013 Legislature Urges Preservation of Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund
  Objecting to the recent practice of by the State Division of Budget to take money from the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund to offset deficiencies in the State Budget and its ...
01-29-2013 Human Rights Director Shawn Martel Moore to Leave County Post
  In what he termed “bittersweet” news, County Administrator Joe Mareane announced that Shawn Martel Moore, who has served as the County’s Director of Human Rights since 1999, and for four of those ...
01-29-2013 Legislature Adopts Recommended Plan for TCAD Funding
  Adopting recommendations of a broad-based task force that studied how to best stabilize funding for Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD , the Legislature by unanimous vote supported a plan that ...
01-25-2013 County Celebrates its Newest Building, the Human Services Annex
  County officials today cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the County’s newest building, the Tompkins County Human Services Annex. The building, located at 214 W. Martin Luther King, ...
01-18-2013 Committee Backs Task Force Recommendations to Stabilize TCAD Funding
  The Legislature’s Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality today recommended that the Legislature adopt recommendations of a broad-based task force regarding county funding to address an ...
01-17-2013 Winter Rabies Clinic at the SPCA January 23
  The Tompkins County Health Department announces our Winter Free Rabies Clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets at the Tompkins County SPCA Pet Adoption Center. The clinic is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on ...
01-17-2013 Public Hearing on Appendix W Child and Family Services Plan February 12
  The Tompkins County Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m., to receive comments from the public on Appendix W of the Tompkins ...
01-15-2013 Bids Awarded for Legislature Relocation Project
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote, awarded construction contracts for the Tompkins County Legislature Relocation Project, which will renovate and improve the second floor of the County’s historic ...
01-15-2013 Looking Back, Looking Forward, Chair Robertson Announces 2013 Committee Appointments
  As the Legislature enters the final year of its four-year term, Chair Martha Robertson in her annual State of the County message reflected on challenges faced and achievements so far; now the focus ...
01-14-2013 Tompkins County Submits Critical Comments on Proposed Fracking Regulations
  Tompkins County government has made its feelings known about draft regulations that would govern high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State. Nearly 50 pages of comments submitted ...
01-11-2013 New Address for County Office for the Aging
  The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is pleased to announce a change of address. Beginning January 15, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging will be located at 214 West Martin Luther King ...
01-11-2013 Tish Pearlman Named Tompkins County Poet Laureate
  Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson today announced the appointment of Tish Pearlman as Tompkins County Poet Laureate for 2013. "We are fortunate in Tompkins County to have an ...
01-11-2013 Tompkins County Reimbursed for Recycling and Solid Waste Center Upgrades
  Tompkins County has signed a contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for funding under the Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling State Assistance ...
01-07-2013 Members Sought for Assessment Hearing Panels
  The Tompkins County Legislature is looking for interested qualified applicants to serve on the 2013 Temporary Hearing Panels of the County Board of Assessment Review. Panel Members hear and evaluate ...
01-04-2013 Real Property Tax Exemptions Renewal Forms in the Mail
  The Tompkins County Department of Assessment has mailed renewal applications to all senior citizens who received an exemption on the 2012 Final Roll pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 467 ...
01-03-2013 Legislature Approves Budget Transfer in Support of Gun Buy-Back Program
  Approving a Sheriff’s Office budget transfer, the Legislature voiced its official support of a local voluntary gun buy-back program, conducted in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, which will take ...
01-03-2013 Legislature Sets Next-Term Legislator Salaries
  The Legislature, after more than an hour of discussion, set legislator salaries at for the next four-year legislative term, which begins as of the beginning of 2014. With three alternate proposals ...
01-03-2013 Robertson Elected to Fourth Year as Legislature Chair; Lane Elected Vice Chair
  The Legislature has reelected Martha Robertson to lead the Legislature during 2013 and elected Michael Lane to serve in the position of Vice Chair. The positions of Chair and Vice Chair are filled ...
12-26-2012 FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Recycling Leaders Take Next Step
  Tompkins County has embarked on a three-year program intended to further reduce the amount of waste generated by businesses and residents in the County. A $200,000 state grant awarded the Southern ...
12-18-2012 Legislature Approves Update in 20-Year Capital Plan
  Following up a detailed presentation at their last meeting, the Legislature adopted an update in the County’s 20-Year Capital Plan. The vote was 13-1, with Legislator Carol Chock voting no, and ...
12-18-2012 County Bans Use of Hydrofracking Byproduct Brine on County Roads and Property
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused), passed a resolution prohibiting the use on County roads and property of brine containing the byproducts from ...
12-18-2012 Legislature Approves Mortgage Tax Initiative to Support TCAT
  The Legislature will seek State authorization to dedicate revenue from a proposed quarter-percent increase in the county Mortgage Recording Tax to support mass transportation, as is done in 24 other ...
12-17-2012 Committees Consider Issue of Legislator Salaries
  The Tompkins County Legislature will have two committee recommendations to consider when it next month takes up the issue of legislator salaries for the next four-year legislative term. With three ...
12-14-2012 Chair Robertson Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff After Connecticut Shooting
  Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson has directed that all County flags be lowered to half-staff in memory of nearly 30 people killed in today’s tragic school shooting in at Sandy Hook ...
12-12-2012 Public Meeting on Responding to Proposed New Fracking Regulations
  There will be a free public information session on "Responding to New Fracking Regulations", Monday, December 17, at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of North Aurora and Buffalo Street). ...
12-12-2012 County Clerk Awarded State Archives Shared Services Grant
  The Tompkins County Clerk’s Office has been awarded a nearly $140,000 New York State Archives Shared Services Grant to enable the County’s six towns to join the County in digitizing their municipal ...
12-11-2012 Family Caregiving and the Holidays
  The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has two upcoming opportunities for those caring for aging relatives to gather with other family caregivers to discuss caregiving concerns, including coping ...
12-06-2012 Environmental Management Council Presents Transportation Award
  The Tompkins Zimride Rideshare Coalition is the recipient of the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC) Transportation Initiative of the Year Award. The annual was presented last ...
12-05-2012 Flu Reported In Tompkins County
  Seasonal flu has arrived in Tompkins County. Laboratory confirmed cases indicate that there are Tompkins County residents who have become ill with the flu this season. However, these cases do not ...
12-05-2012 Committee Recommends Action to Seek Mortgage Tax Revenue to Support TCAT
  The Legislature’s Planning, Development, and Environment Quality Committee today recommended that the Legislature seek State authorization to dedicate Mortgage Recording Tax revenue for mass ...
12-04-2012 Legislators Hear Highlights of Older Adults Needs Assessment
  Director Lisa Holmes reported on the County Office for the Aging 2012 Needs Assessment of Persons Age 60+, a wide-ranging assessment focusing on factors such as demographics, employment, housing, ...
12-04-2012 Legislature Briefed on Update to Capital Plan
  The Legislature heard a presentation from Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability Ed Marx regarding the update to the County’s 20-Year Capital Plan, prior to a scheduled adoption vote ...
12-04-2012 Legislature Calls for More Time for Review of Revised Hydrofracking Regulations
  The Legislature urges that the public comment period on revised State regulations on high volume hydraulic fracturing be extended to at least 90 days, now that the New York State Department of ...
11-30-2012 Geoff Dunn to Join Solid Waste Management Division as Communications and Administrative Coordinator
  Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division Manager Barbara Eckstrom today announced that Geoff Dunn will join the Division next month as Communications and Administrative Coordinator, where he ...
11-30-2012 County Recognizes Home Care Services
  The Tompkins County Legislature at its last meeting recognized the many contributions of the county’s home care services, and the professionals and volunteers who provide high quality and ...
11-27-2012 Difficult Caregiving Conversations
  The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is offering a free workshop, titled "Navigating Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Family Caregivers," on Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 PM at Lifelong, 110 ...
11-26-2012 Tompkins County Kick-Starts Strategic Tourism Plan With Implementation Funding
  Tompkins County is launching its 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan with a new grant funding opportunity. The Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB), the County’s official advisory board for tourism ...
11-21-2012 Bonding Authorized for TC3 Projects
  The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislators Carol Chock and Kathy Luz Herrera excused), approved issuance by the Tompkins County Development Corporation of $45 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds ...
11-21-2012 County Electricity Consumption Will be Offset by Renewable Energy Certificates
  The Legislature authorized the County to contract with Integrys Energy Services, through the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, for the purchase of electricity through the end of 2013, with the ...
11-21-2012 In Unanimous Vote, Legislature Adopts 2013 Tompkins County Budget
  Culminating two-and-a-half months of budget deliberations and more than two hours deliberation tonight on proposed budget amendments, the Tompkins County Legislature, without dissent, adopted the ...
11-14-2012 Opportunities to Serve on the Tompkins County Board of Health
  The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) anticipates two vacancies beginning January 1, 2013.
  • Two physician seats. The physician must be licensed in New York State and reside ...
  • 11-13-2012 Youth Services the Focus at County Budget Hearing
      As the Tompkins County Legislature tonight took comment on the recommended amended County Budget for 2013, legislators were asked to take reexamine requests for over-target funding for Youth Services ...
    11-12-2012 Celebrate America Recycles Day November 15th
      November 15th is America Recycles Day. Our County has already diverted 60% of waste from landfills. We hope that by working together we can reach 75% waste diversion in a few years. The Tompkins ...
    11-09-2012 Veterans Day Closings and Curbside Recycling Pick-up Schedule
      On Monday, November 12th, in observation of the Veterans Day holiday, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) office will be closed. The TCSWMD office will re-open on Tuesday, ...
    11-09-2012 Public Hearing on Proposed 2013 Budget November 13
      The County Legislature invites county residents to comment on the County’s proposed 2013 budget at a public budget hearing to be held Tuesday, November 13. The hearing, on both the recommended ...
    11-08-2012 National Adoption Day November 14
      National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This annual event has made the ...
    11-07-2012 Legislature Approves Amendment for Solar Exemptions for Commercial Projects
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, amended a resolution passed in 1966, to exempt solar installations to commercial projects from local sales and use taxes, under the New York State tax law. ...
    11-07-2012 Legislature Requests Continued Sales Tax Authorization
      In the first of a series of procedural actions that will be necessary, the Legislature, by a vote of 12-1 (with Legislator Frank Proto voting no and Legislators Carol Chock, Kathy Luz Herrera ...
    11-07-2012 Legislature Authorizes Energy-Saving Public Safety Building Improvements Through Low-Interest Stimulus Financing
      The Legislature took the necessary steps to make needed energy-saving improvements to the County’s Public Safety Building, funded through low-interest energy conservation bonds allocated as part of ...
    11-05-2012 Executive Order for Displaced Voters
      Governor Cuomo is signing an Executive Order which provides for a voter who is a resident in the federally-declared disaster counties of Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and of New York City ...
    11-02-2012 New Solar Panels Going Up on County Buildings
      New solar panels currently being installed on seven County buildings will significantly lower County energy costs, while increasing the use of renewable energy in Tompkins County. The firm Solar ...
    11-02-2012 Tourism Partner Awards Recognize Three Local Events
      Tourism is a powerful economic tool in upstate New York. All too often, the impact that conferences and meetings have on the local economy is overlooked. So are the individuals who invest their own ...
    11-01-2012 Absentee Ballot Deadlines Extended
      Because of the disruptions statewide from the hurricane, the New York State Board of Elections has changed some absentee deadlines for the November 6 General Election as follows: Extension of ...
    11-01-2012 County Environmental Advisory Boards Seek New Members
      Residents of Tompkins County are invited to apply for membership on the Water Resources Council (WRC). There are vacancies for representatives of the general public (at-large seats), municipal ...
    10-30-2012 Legislature Adopts 2013 Budget Amendments
      In a brief special session, the Tompkins County Legislature formally adopted amendments to the County Administrator’s 2013 Tentative Budget and 2013-2017 Capital and 2013-2017 Capital Program, as ...
    10-29-2012 Hurricane Sandy Update – Preparedness Advised
      County and City emergency managers continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy, as it approaches up the east coast, and continue to advise residents to take precautions to protect themselves ...
    10-29-2012 Airport Flight Status Information
      Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport provides the following information regarding weather-related flight status: US Airways flights are all canceled today and tomorrow and will resume around mid-day ...
    10-29-2012 Youth Services Meetings Status
      The following Youth Services meetings are cancelled: October 29th - Tompkins County Youth Services Board Meeting from 5-6:30pm October 30th - Municipal Youth Services Meeting for Municipalities ...
    10-29-2012 Hurricane Sandy Update – Winds to Pick Up This Evening
      With Hurricane Sandy getting closer, winds here are increasing and forecast to strengthen further between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., with strong, sustained winds expected to last for several hours, the peak ...
    10-29-2012 Sandy Storm Update – Calm Now, Winds Could Strengthen Over the Next Few Hours
      Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Southern New Jersey coast earlier this evening and is no longer classified as a hurricane, currently having merged with another weather system and decreased speed ...
    10-28-2012 Residents Urged to Prepare for Approaching Hurricane Sandy
      As Hurricane Sandy advances up the East Coast, Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca continue to advise residents to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from effects of the approaching ...
    10-26-2012 Legislators Recommend 2013 Budget Amendments
      The County’s 2013 budget process moved forward tonight, as Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee recommended that the Legislature amend County Administrator Joe Mareane’s 2013 Tentative ...
    10-26-2012 Department of Emergency Response Monitoring Hurricane Sandy
      The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Sandy, with an eye toward preparation for potential local impacts from this storm. As of the ...
    10-23-2012 Legislators Begin to Consider 2013 Budget Amendments
      Seven weeks after receiving a recommended 2013 County Budget from County Administrator Joe Mareane, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee began to propose recommended changes to the ...
    10-19-2012 Council of Governments Seeks Public Comment on Time Warner Cable Service in Tompkins County: Meeting November 1.
      The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) is asking County residents to comment on their experience with cable television service provided by Time Warner Cable to assist municipalities ...
    10-17-2012 Tourism Board Seeks Three Representatives
      The Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) is recruiting three new at-large members to begin service in January 2013. Tompkins County residents are invited to submit an application ...
    10-16-2012 Legislature Authorizes County to Acquire Right of Way for Ludlowville Stormwater Control Project
      By unanimous vote, the Legislature authorized acquisition of right of way to support improvements to address recurring flooding problems in the Hamlet of Ludlowville in the Town of Lansing. . ...
    10-16-2012 West Seneca Road Funding Agreement Approved
      The Legislature authorized a construction funding agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for reimbursement of construction and inspection costs for the West Seneca Road ...
    10-16-2012 Budget Hearing Scheduled for November 13
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, set Tuesday, November 13 as the date for the public hearing on the 2013 Tentative Budget and capital plan for the next five years. (Legislators Carol Chock, Kathy ...
    10-15-2012 South Danby Road Closing
      The Tompkins County Highway Division will be closing South Danby Road, between Rt. 96B and Hill Road, in the Town of Danby, on Tuesday, October 16th, from 7:00 a.m., until approximately 3:00 p.m., ...
    10-15-2012 TCAT and Library Among the Topics, as Legislators End Initial Phase of 2013 Budget Review
      Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee wrapped up the presentation phase of their 2013 County budget review tonight, looking over eight more proposed spending plans from County ...
    10-12-2012 County and City to Dedicate Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi October 17
      Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca will dedicate a MV-1 wheelchair-accessible taxi on October 17, at Noon, on the Ithaca Commons. Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, and ...
    10-11-2012 EMC to Present Two New Unique Natural Areas Tuesday, October 16
      The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council invites the public to a special presentation Tuesday, October 16 about two new proposed Unique Natural Areas (UNAs). The session will begin at ...
    10-11-2012 Last Days to Register for the November Election
      October 12 is the last day for a new voter to postmark a registration and be eligible to vote in the November 6 General Election. This is also the last day to submit a party change for 2013. New ...
    10-10-2012 Agencies Much of the Focus, as County Budget Review Continues
      At their next-to-last review session before beginning to consider potential changes to County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2013 budget, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee ...
    10-09-2012 Be Part of the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Plan
      A series of public workshops this week will seek the public’s ideas for the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Plan. Planners from across the region are looking for public reactions to both long-term and ...
    10-09-2012 Turnout Light at Legislature’s Annual Community Budget Forum
      The Legislature tonight held its annual Community Budget Forum, inviting citizens to learn about and comment on the County’s tentative 2013 budget currently under review by the Legislature. Only ...
    10-05-2012 Community Budget Forum October 9 at Old County Courthouse
      The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its annual Community Budget Forum on Tuesday, October 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This year’s forum will be held at the Supreme Courtroom, located on the ...
    10-05-2012 Health Department Seeks Community Input
      The Tompkins County Health Department is conducting a strategic planning process to set its goals for the next five years. Part of that process is gathering input from the community, and in ...
    10-04-2012 New York State Community Revitalization Grant Awarded for Pine Tree Road Project
      Grant secured through the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Community Revitalization Program will support road and bridge repairs as part of pedestrian trail expansion. The ...
    10-04-2012 Legislators Continue to Examine 2013 Recommended Budget
      Legislators focused on seven more department and agency budgets tonight, as the County’s Expanded Budget Committee continued to review County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2013 ...
    10-02-2012 Legislature Closes Out Redistricting Process
      The Legislature brought to a close the more than year-long process of reapportioning County legislative districts based on the 2010 Census, by taking formal action expressing appreciation to and ...
    10-02-2012 Legislature Approves Support for Old Courthouse Renovation Project
      The Legislature, by a pair of unanimous votes of amended the County’s Capital Program to include renovation of the Old County Courthouse to accommodate relocation of the County Legislature chambers ...
    10-02-2012 Legislature Endorses Grant Application to Extend County Broadband Service
      The Legislature threw its unanimous support behind the grant application of Clarity Connect, Inc. under the “Connect NY” Broadband Grant program, to expand broadband Internet service to unserved ...
    09-27-2012 Civil War Commission Film Series Begins September 30 With the Film "Glory"
      The Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission launches its Civil War film series this Sunday, September 30, with the showing of the acclaimed feature film “Glory.” The screening will ...
    09-26-2012 Needs Assessment of Tompkins County Residents Over Age 60
      The Tompkins County Office for the Aging has completed a needs assessment survey of residents over the age of 60 to identify current trends, needs and resources. The needs assessment is a rich source ...
    09-26-2012 Safe Medication Disposal Day This Saturday, September 29
      A reminder that the county’s next Safe Medication Disposal Day is coming up this Saturday, September 29. This collection event gives residents the chance to safely dispose of expired or no longer ...
    09-24-2012 County Budget Review Continues
      Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee reviewed the proposed budgets of six more County departments, as their review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2013 budget entered ...
    09-20-2012 County Environmental Advisory Boards Seek New Members
      Residents of Tompkins County are invited to apply for membership on advisory boards that provide input to the Tompkins County Legislature on environmental matters. The Water Resources Council (WRC) ...
    09-19-2012 Flu Vaccinations Available at Tompkins County Health Department
      Are you considering whether or not to get a flu shot this year? Here’s an easy answer: Everyone, Every Year (Everyone over the age of 6 months). This is the recommendation of the Centers for ...
    09-18-2012 Interested in developing affordable housing in Tompkins County? Housing Fund Notice of Funding Availability
      The Housing Fund - Funding Round 6: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is now open for the Community Housing Affordability Program and Community Housing Trust Program. The Housing Fund, which ...
    09-18-2012 County Participation in Regional Interoperable Communication Alliance Approved
      The Legislature, without dissent (Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused) authorized the County, through the Department of Emergency Response, to partner with seven other counties in the region ...
    09-18-2012 Legislature Authorizes Development Corporation Bonding for Kendal Refinance
      The Legislature by a 12-2 vote (Legislators Brian Robison and Jim Dennis voted no: Legislator Kathy Luz Herrera was excused) authorized the Tompkins County Development Corporation to issue up to $10 ...
    09-18-2012 Legislature Urges State Ban on Synthetic Drugs
      The Legislature is urging New York State to ban the manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of dangerous unregulated synthetic drugs. The vote was 11-3, with Legislators Dooley Kiefer, Will ...
    09-17-2012 New “Med Return” Program Provides Safe, Year-Round Disposal for Medications
      The Tompkins County Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal today launched its new “Med Return” program. Medication drop boxes will be located at secure locations around the county to provide citizens ...
    09-17-2012 Second Night of 2013 Budget Review
      Six more County departments presented their proposed budgets tonight, as Legislators acting an Expanded Budget Committee, conducted their second review session of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s ...
    09-13-2012 Civil War Lecture September 17 Spotlights Local Heroes
      A lecture Monday, September 17 will provide an opportunity to learn about the men from Tompkins County who fought in the Civil War as part of one of New York’s most renowned regiments. The ...
    09-11-2012 County Budget Review Begins
      Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee tonight began review of County Administrator Joe Mareane’s recommended 2013 County Budget, hearing their first seven presentations from County ...
    09-10-2012 Republican Primary September 13
      Republican voters in the Towns of Caroline, Danby, Dryden and Groton will have a Primary Election on September 13, 2012. This is to pick their candidate for State Senator, 51st District. Polls ...
    09-07-2012 Reuse in Schools: Tompkins County Schools Reduce CO2 Emissions By 17 Tons
      Schools in Tompkins County now have an even greater ability to reduce the waste they produce. The Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division completed a grant project, in partnership with Finger ...
    09-05-2012 Tompkins County Health Department Closed on Friday Afternoon – September 7
      The Tompkins County Health Department will be closed on Friday, September 7 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. for staff development. All Department staff will participate. The Department’s answering service ...
    09-04-2012 Legislators Adopt 14-District Redistricting Plan
      The Legislature, after more than two hours of careful deliberation, accepted the recommendation of the County’s Independent Redistricting Committee and adopted a new Local Law that realigns the ...
    09-04-2012 Administrator Releases 2013 Recommended Budget
      Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane has delivered to the County Legislature a 2013 Recommended County Budget that increases total spending by just four-tenths of one percent, sustains current ...
    08-31-2012 Solid Waste Division Labor Day Closings and Curbside Recycling Pick-up Schedule
      Both the Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division (TCSWMD) Office and the The Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center will be closed Monday, September 3th in observation of the Labor ...
    08-31-2012 Community Coalition for Healthy Youth Awarded $200,000 Federal Grant to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Tompkins and Schuyler Counties
      The Tompkins County Youth Services Department’s Community Coalition for Healthy Youth (CCHY) has been awarded $200,000 from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy to prevent youth ...
    08-23-2012 SAVE THE DATE - Next Safe Medication Disposal Day Saturday, September 29
      Mark your calendar! The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has set the date for its next Safe Medication Disposal Day. This collection event, which gives residents the chance to safely dispose ...
    08-21-2012 Funding Increased for Human Services Annex Renovation
      The Legislature amended the Capital Program to increase the renovation budget for the Human Services Annex building by $75,000 (to $1,375,000) to support certain architectural design features and ...
    08-21-2012 Legislature Delays Action on Measure to Urge State Ban Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
      Citing a “significant and immediate public health threat and danger to public safety,” the Legislature considered, but delayed action on a measure to urge the State to immediately pass legislation ...
    08-21-2012 Legislature Takes Comment on Proposed Redistricting Plan
      Legislators heard public comment on the proposal to redraw the boundaries of County legislative districts, based on the 2010 Census. The public hearing focused on a proposed Local Law that would ...
    08-16-2012 New Tompkins County Prescription Drug Discount Card Coming to Mailboxes Soon
      Tompkins County residents should be watching their mailboxes for their new Tompkins County Prescription Drug Discount Card, a card that provides significant savings on brand-name and generic ...
    08-09-2012 Community Celebrations Grants – Applications Due September 6
      Tompkins County and its Strategic Tourism Planning Board announce the Fall 2012 round for Community Celebrations Grants. Do you host an event that celebrates local heritage and culture in ways ...
    08-07-2012 Contracts Awarded for Airport Projects
      The Legislature, by unanimous votes, awarded contracts for two construction projects at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. (Legislators Kathy Luz Herrera and Pam Mackesey were excused.) Bids were ...
    08-07-2012 Records Storage Agreement Approved
      Legislators approved a ten-year lease agreement for underground records storage space at the Seneca Army Depot, at a cost of $720 per month ($8,640 per year). The vote was unanimous, with ...
    08-07-2012 Public Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Redistricting Law
      The Legislature scheduled a public hearing on the proposed Local Law that would reconfigure County legislative districts, based on the 2010 Census. The vote was 11-2, with Legislators Carol Chock ...
    07-25-2012 County Seeks Waterburg Bridge Public Input
      The Tompkins County Highway Division plans to replace a 77-year old bridge in the hamlet of Waterburg in 2013. The one-lane bridge over Taughannock Creek is on Waterburg Road in the Town of Ulysses ...
    07-25-2012 Sheriff Lansing Announces “Yellow Dot” Program
      Sheriff Kenneth Lansing has announced his participation in the Yellow Dot Program. This program is a cooperative effort of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, county Sheriff’s Offices, local ...
    07-20-2012 County Achieves Lowest-Ever Interest Rate in Recent Bond Sale
      Finance Director David Squires reports that the County achieved a historical low interest rate on its recent bond sale. Roosevelt & Cross purchased the County's $3.150,000 in bonds at an average ...
    07-19-2012 Lyme Disease on the Increase in Tompkins County
      Lyme Disease is on the rise in Tompkins County. The number of cases has steadily increased in the past few years the Tompkins County Health Department reports. Karen Bishop, Community Health Nurse ...
    07-17-2012 Tourism Capital Grant Awarded for Emerald Necklace Enhancement Project
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, awarded a $15,000 Tourism Capital Grant to a project, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, to enhance access to a portion of the Emerald Necklace greenway. ...
    07-17-2012 Bids Awarded for Human Services Annex Renovation
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, awarded construction contracts for the renovation of the Human Services Annex, located in the 200 block of Ithaca’s West Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, new ...
    07-17-2012 Legislature Approves Aquatic Invasive Species Law
      The Legislature, after more than an hour of discussion, approved a new Local Law to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as Hydrilla, in Tompkins County. The final approval vote was ...
    07-16-2012 Citizens Urged to be Cautions, with High Danger of Wildfires
      Governor Andrew Cuomo today urged all across the state to use extra caution, as dry weather conditions have created a heightened danger of wildfires across Upstate New York. The State is also ...
    07-13-2012 Third Annual Project Sticker Shock to be held in Trumansburg
      On July 19-22, the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth of Tompkins County once again will partner with local teens to sponsor “Project Sticker Shock” in Trumansburg and Jacksonville to coincide ...
    07-13-2012 Request for Proposals Released for Development of New “Climate Showcase” Neighborhood
      Tompkins County has released a Request for Proposals to develop a new neighborhood on 26 acres of County property in the Town of Ithaca. The Request for Proposals seeks a developer who would build a ...
    07-03-2012 Legislature Supports Nuclear Power Plan Emergency Planning Zone Expansion
      Based on a resolution filed by Legislator Dooley Kiefer, the Legislature went on record favoring changes in federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations that would expand NRC emergency planning ...
    07-03-2012 Legislature Authorizes Request for Proposals to Develop Biggs Land
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote of those present (Legislator Peter Stein was excused) authorized the County to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for private developers to lease or purchase 26 ...
    07-03-2012 Legislature Approves TC3 Budget, Master Plan
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, adopted the 2012-2013 operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). No one spoke at a public hearing preceding the vote. The $37.5 million ...
    06-25-2012 Southern Tier Regional Coalition Receives $1 Million for Cleaner, Greener Communities Regional Sustainability Planning
      A coalition representing Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties has received $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ...
    06-21-2012 Legislature Chair Urges Rejection of “Limited” Fracking Proposal
      Legislature Chair Martha Robertson was among those speaking out yesterday at an Albany session, urging Governor Cuomo to reject a proposal to allow “limited” hydrofracking in parts of five Southern ...
    06-21-2012 Tourism Board Invites Input on Strategic Tourism Plan
      Organizations or individuals interested in participating in the development of tourism in Ithaca and Tompkins County are invited to submit comments on a draft of the County’s 2012-2020 Strategic ...
    06-20-2012 Legislators Repeat Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Restore Balance in Political Campaigns
      The Legislature passed two more resolutions calling upon the United States to amend the Constitution in response to Supreme Court decisions, including the Citizens United decision, which rolled back ...
    06-20-2012 Legislature Authorizes Fund Application to Implement Pine Tree Road Project
      The Legislature, after considerable discussion, authorized the County to seek funding to support the Pine Tree Road Bike and Pedestrian Paths Project under New York State’s Multi-Modal aid program. ...
    06-20-2012 County Redistricting Process Moves Forward
      Tompkins County is one step closer to reapportioning County legislative districts, as the Legislature, after well over an hour of thoughtful discussion accepted the concept of a 14-member ...
    06-20-2012 Heat Wave -- Health Department Advises How to Stay Safe
      Tompkins County is under a heat advisory with temperatures expected today and tomorrow in the mid – 90’s. The combination of heat and humidity will create heat indices near or just above 100 degrees. ...
    06-18-2012 Hydrilla Eradication Treatments Resume in Cayuga Inlet
      The second of a series of herbicide treatments is tentatively scheduled for the Cayuga Inlet on June 26-27, 2012. The herbicide being used in the treatment is Endothal, also known as Aquathol K. ...
    06-18-2012 Commission Recommends Adjusted 14-District Redistricting Plan
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission, charged with recommending a plan to reapportion County legislative districts, tonight approved a slightly revised redistricting plan to recommend to ...
    06-13-2012 Project Care Volunteers Needed
      The Tompkins County Office for the Aging needs volunteers to assist homebound senior citizens through the Project Care Program. Volunteers typically visit an individual once a week for about 1-2 ...
    06-12-2012 Ithaca’s Climate Showcase Communities Break Ground
      Two of Ithaca’s Climate Showcase Communities will break ground in late June: the TREE neighborhood at EcoVillage at Ithaca and the Aurora Pocket Neighborhood (APN) project in downtown Ithaca. TREE ...
    06-08-2012 County Unveils Strategies for Future Conservation and Development
      The Tompkins County Planning Department is hosting a series of public meetings the week of June 18th to present the Conservation Strategy and the Development Focus Areas Strategy. Together, the two ...
    06-07-2012 Broadband Forum in Enfield June 11
      The County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will hold another in its series of Community Engagement Forums regarding community needs and opportunities related to high-speed Internet ...
    06-06-2012 2013 Budget Guidelines Adopted for County Departments and Agencies
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote of those present, established fiscal targets for departments and agencies as part of the 2013 budget process. (Legislators Peter Stein and Nathan Shinagawa were ...
    06-06-2012 Legislature Examines, Delays Action on Redistricting Report
      The Legislature took a long and careful look at the issue of reapportioning County legislative districts, but delayed action on whether to accept the report of the County’s Independent Redistricting ...
    06-05-2012 UPDATE: Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Workshop June 12 in Ithaca
      The location and time are now confirmed for the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council public forum June 12 in Ithaca. The forum will take place at the Ithaca Holiday Inn, 222 S. ...
    06-05-2012 Legislature Supports Constitutional Amendment to Abolish Corporate Personhood
      In what is expected to be the first of three resolutions on the topic to be considered by the Legislature, the Legislature after discussion, by a vote of 11-2, called for an amendment to the United ...
    06-05-2012 Legislature Supports Constitutional Amendment to Abolish Corporate Personhood
      In what is expected to be the first of three resolutions on the topic to be considered by the Legislature, the Legislature after discussion, by a vote of 11-2, called for an amendment to the United ...
    06-04-2012 Tompkins Officials Among More Than 250 Across the State Urging Governor to Require More Study Before Hydrofracking Moratorium is Lifted
      More than 280 municipal leaders from across New York State—including more than 50 from Tompkins County—have signed a non-partisan letter to Governor Cuomo, urging the Governor to maintain the ...
    06-01-2012 Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Workshop Scheduled June 12 in Ithaca
      The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council has scheduled a public forum in Ithaca on Tuesday, June 12, as part of its series of Consolidated Funding Application workshops—time and ...
    05-31-2012 Department Thanks Community for Support of Foster Care Event
      Tompkins County’s Department of Social Services is thanking the community for its support of a recent community event commemorating National Foster Care Month. President Barack Obama declared May ...
    05-31-2012 Shaffer Road Closing
      The Tompkins County Highway Division will be closing Shaffer Road, between house numbers 535 and 548, in the Town of Newfield, on Monday, June 4th, from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m., for a ...
    05-31-2012 Poll Site Inspectors and Managers Needed
      The Tompkins County Board of Elections is currently looking for Poll Site Inspectors and Managers. This is a great opportunity for folks interested in participating in the political process. ...
    05-18-2012 Committee Surveying Residents on High-Speed Broadband Needs
      As it seeks to determine how high-speed Internet access can be achieved for all county residents, the County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband over the next few weeks is surveying ...
    05-18-2012 Comments Requested on Residential Neighborhood Proposal
      Through the end of May, Tompkins County is seeking developer and public comment on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) that would lead to development of a 70-unit residential neighborhood adjacent to ...
    05-17-2012 Annual Report for Tompkins County Stormwater Permit Available for Review
      The annual report for Tompkins County’s stormwater permit is now available for review. Members of the public are invited to ask questions and provide comments on the annual report at the May 21st ...
    05-17-2012 Southern Tier Regional Council Announces Consolidated Funding Application Workshops
      The Southern Tier Regional Council has announced the launch of Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops for the second round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation ...
    05-15-2012 Legislature Approves Tax-Exempt Revenue Bonding for Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services Projects
      The Legislature authorized the Tompkins County Development Corporation to issue up to $2.4 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to refinance a number of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) ...
    05-15-2012 Local Law Adopted Opting Out of State Real Property Tax Law Solar-Wind Exemption
      Following a public hearing, the Legislature adopted a new Local Law Opting Out of Section 487 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law, which allows for an exemption of any increase in value due ...
    05-15-2012 Dr. Susan Romanczuk-Smelcer Appointed Mental Health Commissioner
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed the appointment of Susan D. Romanczuk-Smelcer, PhD., as County Commissioner of Mental Health Services. (Legislator Nathan Shinagawa was excused.) Dr. ...
    05-11-2012 Absentee and Sample Ballots Available for June 26 Primary
      Voters enrolled in the Democratic and Republican parties will have a Primary for Federal offices on Tuesday, June 26. Democrats will be choosing a candidate for Representative in Congress for the ...
    05-11-2012 Public Invited for Update and Input on Pine Tree Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Project
      The Tompkins County Highway Division will discuss updated conceptual designs for pedestrian and bicycle paths along Pine Tree Road in the Town of Ithaca at a public information meeting 7:00 P.M. on ...
    05-11-2012 Committee Recommends Acceptance of Redistricting Report
      The Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today moved ahead the process toward reapportioning County legislative districts, as it recommended the Legislature accept the Independent ...
    05-07-2012 Broadband Forum in Newfield May 9
      The County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will hold its sixth Community Engagement Forum regarding community needs and opportunities related to high-speed internet service on Wednesday, ...
    05-07-2012 Adult Family Type Homes: An Alternative for Adult Residential Care
      As part of developing residential alternatives for adults in this community, the Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS) is looking to expand the number of adult care facilities known as ...
    05-07-2012 Gas Pipelines: What Municipalities Need to Know – Forum May 17
      Twenty interstate natural gas pipeline systems now crisscross the Northeast from West Virginia to Maine. As shale drilling operations expand in the coming years, thousands of miles of new pipeline ...
    05-04-2012 Legislature Adopts Maintenance-of-Effort Financial Goal for 2013. Will Consider Recommended Budget That Can Be Supported by 3.5% Levy Increase
      As a starting point toward preparing a 2013 County budget, the Legislature has established a financial goal that directs the County Administrator to establish departmental and agency spending targets ...
    05-01-2012 Safe Medication Disposal: Record Participation!
      The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal reports that its fifth event, on April 28, eclipsed previous records. Most notably, the previous attendance record of 509 people was smashed, with ...
    05-01-2012 Legislature Supports Increase in State Minimum Wage
      Following a thoughtful discussion, the Legislature, by a vote of 10-5, supported an increase in the New York State Minimum Wage—at a minimum from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and to ...
    05-01-2012 Jeffrey Smith Named County Highway Director
      County Administrator Joe Mareane announced the appointment of Jeffrey Smith of Malone, NY, as Tompkins County Highway Director, following a national search. Recommended by a broad-based search ...
    04-27-2012 Spring Cleaning—Safe Medication Disposal Day This Saturday!
      Even with a return to more winter-like weather this week, it's spring cleaning time—and that means Safe Medication Disposal Day in Tompkins County will be held no matter what kind of weather we're ...
    04-27-2012 Tompkins Recognizes its Dedicated Emergency Dispatch Professionals
      A house fire in Dryden, a car accident in Danby, and a police stand-off in Ithaca--all at the same time. The proper delivery of vital, life-saving information in a matter of minutes for all of these ...
    04-26-2012 Council Urges State to Address Revenue Issues Related to Shale Gas Production
      The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) by unanimous vote today urged the Governor and State Legislature to develop a blend of revenue streams and taxation of natural gas extraction, and ...
    04-25-2012 Comment Sought, Draft RFP Released - Climate Showcase Communities Project
      Tompkins County has released for comment the Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the United States Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities project in Tompkins County entitled ...
    04-25-2012 Drug Trends Forum April 26. Underage Drinking Letters Sent to Parents of Seniors Countywide
      Bath Salts. They are the latest synthetic drug to sweep New York state leaving horror stories and the bodies of dead teenagers behind. These are not the bath salts you buy at a retail chain for ...
    04-24-2012 Renewable Energy Potential in Tompkins County - Presentation April 30
      The Tompkins County Planning Department is hosting a presentation by four Cornell graduate students from the fields of management, engineering and planning who will be discussing the structure and ...
    04-24-2012 Roadside Cleanup, Adopt-A-Highway Assists with Enhancement of County Highways
      Now that spring has arrived, it is even more noticeable to see roadside litter that has accumulated over the winter months. How is it that someone can hold a cup or bottle in their position when it ...
    04-18-2012 Public Workshop April 24 on Cleaner Greener Southern Tier
      Tompkins County, in partnership with Southern Tier Central and Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Boards, is kicking off the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier – a new NYSERDA-funded ...
    04-18-2012 Broadband Forum in Ulysses April 19
      The County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband hosts the latest in its series of Community Engagement Forums Thursday, April 19 in the Town of Ulysses, as the committee asks residents to ...
    04-17-2012 County Reaches Agreement with Hauler Concerning Recyclables Dumping
      County Attorney Jonathan Wood reported that the County has reached an agreement with Feher Rubbish Removal, Inc., following a finding that the firm had mixed recycling and solid waste in pick-up ...
    04-17-2012 Legislature Honors Corporal Christopher Bordoni
      Expressing the grief of the people of Tompkins County regarding the death of United States Marine Corporal Christopher David Bordoni, who died on April 3, 2012 from injuries sustained in the service ...
    04-17-2012 Legislature Approves Funding to Offset State Aid Cuts to Youth Programs
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote of those present (Legislators Nathan Shinagawa and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne were excused) approved the allocation of up to $67,500 in contingency funding to fill ...
    04-10-2012 State Authorizes Closure of County Certified Home Health Agency
      Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane today announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved a closure plan for the County’s Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA), operated by ...
    04-09-2012 Community Meeting on Hydrilla April 12
      The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, the Hydrilla Task Force, Cornell Plantations, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will cosponsor a community meeting on Hydrilla ...
    04-03-2012 Hearing Conducted on Community Development Needs
      The Legislature asked for public comment regarding county needs and priorities and possible community development projects to be considered for support as part of the 2012 New York State Department ...
    04-03-2012 Foundation Grant to Support County Broadband Outreach
      The Legislature, without dissent, accepted a nearly $10,000 grant from the Park Foundation to support a two-pronged effort by the Tompkins County Broadband Committee to engage the community and ...
    04-02-2012 Highway Division Road and Bridge Announcements
      KRAFT ROAD CLOSING: The Tompkins County Highway Division will be closing Kraft Road, 300’ east of Jacksonville Road, in the Town of Ulysses, from Monday, April 9th, at 7:00 a.m. until approximately ...
    03-30-2012 Forum on Underage Drinking April 4
      Why do teens drink? How much do they drink? Why is it a problem? And what can be done to keep them safe? The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth of Tompkins County will sponsor a town hall ...
    03-30-2012 Lansing Village Elections and Republican Presidential Primary April 24
      There will be a Village Election in Lansing on April 24 to elect two trustees. This is also the same date as the Republican Presidential Primary, so voters should be aware that their poll site may be ...
    03-29-2012 State Legislators Recognized for Securing Funds to Fight Hydrilla
      Tompkins County officials today recognized Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and State Senators Thomas O’Mara, James Seward, and Michael Nozzolio for their efforts in securing essential State funding to ...
    03-27-2012 Legislature Supports Resolution Urging Counties to Unite in Support of Meaningful Mandate Relief
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Kathy Luz Hererra was excused), backed a resolution calling on all counties to unite to bring about real and meaningful mandate relief in New York ...
    03-27-2012 Legislature Approves Relocation to Old County Courthouse
      After many months of study through its Capital Plan Review Committee, the Legislature, meeting in special session, tonight approved relocation of County Legislature Chambers and offices to the second ...
    03-23-2012 County Broadband Forums Continue March 28 in Caroline
      On Wednesday, March 28, the County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will conduct another in its series of Community Engagement Forums, as it asks residents to assist in its work to ...
    03-20-2012 William Sanders Honored as Distinguished Youth
      Dryden High School student William Sanders, of Freeville, has been honored as Tompkins County’s latest Distinguished Youth. Nominated by Rachel Dickinson, Will was recognized for his long-time ...
    03-20-2012 Legislature Accepts Funds for Community-Based Care Transitions Program
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote of those present, formally accepted more than $71,000 in federal funding, through the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...
    03-20-2012 Legislature Fails to Support Request to Permit Rifle Hunting
      Responding to a proposal from local hunter, the Legislature considered, but declined to support making a request to the State Legislature to enact legislation to allow rifle hunting for Big Game ...
    03-19-2012 SAVE THE DATE - Next Safe Medication Disposal Day Saturday, April 28
      Mark your calendar! The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal has set the date for its next Safe Medication Disposal Day. This collection event, which gives residents the chance to safely dispose ...
    03-19-2012 Government Operations Committee Receives Redistricting Report
      As the first step toward consideration by the full County Legislature, the Legislature’s Government Operations Committee today formally received the final report from the Tompkins County Independent ...
    03-16-2012 Community-Based Care Transition Program for High Risk Medicare Patients
      Tompkins County is one of 23 new sites announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) partnering to improve the quality of care available to high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. The Tompkins ...
    03-14-2012 Taxes and Drilling: Revenue Potential for Municipal Governments? Presentation March 22
      How much in property tax will be coming to local governments from gas drilling and when? Will drilling lower or raise my taxes? What is the process of taxing this resource? What’s a severance tax and ...
    03-14-2012 Tompkins County Saves 28,000 Pounds of Paper Annually As Inaugural Partner of Catalog Choice for Communities Program
      Marking the one year anniversary of its municipal partnership program Catalog Choice for Communities, Catalog Choice—the nation’s leading mail preference service dedicated to eliminating unwanted ...
    03-13-2012 County Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps Employment Plan Ready for Review
      A plan outlining how Tompkins County Department of Social Services (DSS) operates programs to provide employment services for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamp recipients is available for public ...
    03-09-2012 Airport Offers Travel Advice for Student Spring Break Period
      Airport Manager Bob Nicholas has issued special travel advice for passengers departing Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport during the student Spring Break period over the next two weeks. Passengers ...
    03-09-2012 Broadband Forum in Groton March 14
      The County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband hosts another in its series of Community Engagement Forums Wednesday, March 14 in Groton, as the committee asks residents to assist in its ...
    03-06-2012 Chair Martha Robertson Expresses Deep Appreciation to Search Volunteers
      Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson has voiced the Legislature's deep appreciation to those who devoted many hours over the past days to search for a missing Lansing woman. ...
    03-06-2012 Legislature Authorizes Application for Shared Services Grant
      The Legislature, without dissent, approved a resolution supporting the County’s application for an approximately $100,000 New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency Grant, on ...
    03-06-2012 Engineering Services Agreement Approved to Implement Road Preservation Law
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote authorized the County to enter into an agreement with LaBella Associates, P.C. to provide engineering and related services required to implement the County’s Road ...
    03-06-2012 Emergency Responders Thanked for Dedication in Recent Search
      The Legislature recognized emergency responders and community volunteers for their dedicated efforts during recent days in the search for 82-year-old Johanna Kirkwood, who wandered from her Lansing ...
    03-02-2012 Lecture March 5 Examines Role of Women During the Civil War
      The latest in the series of lectures sponsored by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will look at the role of northern women during the Civil War. Author and professor Lori ...
    03-01-2012 Second Broadband Outreach Forum March 5 in Danby
      The Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will hold the second in a series of Community Engagement Forums on broadband Monday, March 5 in Danby. The session will take place at the Danby Town ...
    02-29-2012 State Officials Warn of Potential Tax Refund Scam, Caution New Yorkers to be Vigilant
      The County Office for the Aging reports State officials have been tipped off concerning potential fraud risks to New York residents during this tax season and are taking steps to alert citizens to be ...
    02-29-2012 Absentee and Sample Ballots Available
      The Villages of Cayuga Heights, Dryden, Groton and Trumansburg will hold elections on Tuesday, March 20. Only registered voters living within these villages’ boundaries are eligible to vote. Sample ...
    02-24-2012 Tompkins County Work Group Urges State to Address Taxation Issues Related to Gas Drilling
      Following many months of research, a working group associated with the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) is urging New York State to refrain from issuing drilling permits until it can ...
    02-23-2012 Citizens Invited to Lansing Forum to Discuss Broadband Access
      At the first in a series of community outreach sessions next Tuesday in Lansing, residents will be asked to assist the County as it seeks to determine how high-speed internet access can be achieved ...
    02-22-2012 Assessment Exemption Deadline Coming Up March 1
      The Tompkins County Department of Assessment reminds property owners that March 1 is the deadline to file for Real Property Tax Exemptions. These exemptions include, but are not limited to, the ...
    02-21-2012 TC3 President Delivers Annual “State of the College” Message
      In his annual “State of the College” message, Tompkins Cortland Community College president Dr. Carl Haynes told the Legislature that, despite the need to make difficult adjustments as a Community ...
    02-21-2012 Legislature Strongly Opposes Proposed Elimination of Federal Public Transportation Funding
      The Legislature, without dissent, registered strong opposition to provisions of proposed federal legislation that would eliminate dedicated federal fuels taxes for public transit. The vote was ...
    02-21-2012 Legislature Urges State to Consolidate State and Federal Primary Dates
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote, called upon the Governor and State Legislature to change State election law to permit the federal and New York primary to be held on the same day. (Legislators ...
    02-17-2012 Members Sought for Assessment Hearing Panels
      The Tompkins County Legislature is looking for interested qualified applicants to serve on the 2012 Temporary Hearing Panels of the County Board of Assessment Review. Panel Members hear and evaluate ...
    02-16-2012 Capital Plan Committee Recommends Design for New Legislature Space
      After studying numerous proposed concept plans for new Legislature space at three meetings held over the past month, the Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee Wednesday achieved a design ...
    02-16-2012 Redistricting Commission to Recommend Adjusted 14-District Plan
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission tonight voted to recommend an adjusted 14-district plan to reapportion County legislative districts. The specific plan to be recommended in the ...
    02-15-2012 Tourism Partner Award Recognizes Ithaca College and Turkey Shoot Lacrosse Tournament
      Two local groups were recognized by the Tompkins County Legislature, Feb. 7, for their efforts growing the local economy through tourism. The Turkey Shoot Lacrosse Tournament and Ithaca College both ...
    02-13-2012 Tompkins County Tourism Grant Applications Due February 29th
      Does your organization have a project with strong potential to draw visitors from outside Tompkins County? Would more tourists come to your Tompkins County event or venue with an enhanced, targeted ...
    02-10-2012 Legislature Chair Reacts to Governor’s Comments on Hydrofracking
      Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson today issued a statement regarding Governor Cuomo’s recently reported comments concerning the State’s process and timetable for making a decision on ...
    02-10-2012 Commission Takes Further Comment on Redistricting Proposal
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission put its recommended plan for reapportioning County legislative districts before the public again Thursday, at the second of two public hearings, held ...
    02-08-2012 Local Coalition Urges Prompt and Aggressive State Action to Eradicate Hydrilla
      The local coalition formed to fight the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla is urging aggressive State action to eradicate the infestation, and to fully fund the effort, beginning in the 2012-13 State ...
    02-08-2012 Reflecting on the Year Ahead, Chair Robertson Announces Committee and Chair’s Appointments
      Legislature Chair Martha Robertson at the February 7 meeting announced her appointments and the Legislature committee structure for 2012, appointments she noted maintain much consistency with 2011 ...
    02-07-2012 Legislature Establishes Management Salaries, Salaries for County Clerk and Sheriff
      The Legislature, by a vote of 12-2 (Legislators David McKenna and Frank Proto opposed and Legislator Carol Chock excused) authorized salary and benefit adjustments for County management employees ...
    02-07-2012 Shinagawa Elected Legislature Vice Chair
      Legislator Nathan Shinagawa (D-District 4/City of Ithaca) will serve as Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature for 2012. With Legislators Frank Proto, Kathy Luz Hererra, Pam Mackesey, and ...
    02-06-2012 Interested in developing affordable housing in Tompkins County?
      The Housing Fund - Funding Round 5: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is now open for the Community Housing Affordability Program and Community Housing Trust Program. The Housing Fund, which ...
    02-06-2012 IDA Provides Information on Proposed Amendment to AES Cayuga Agreement
      The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tonight sponsored a session to provide information and respond to questions about the proposed amendment to the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes ...
    02-03-2012 County Environmental Advisory Boards Seek New Members
      Residents of Tompkins County are invited to apply for membership on advisory boards that provide input to the Tompkins County Legislature on environmental matters. The Water Resources Council ...
    02-01-2012 County Officials Voice Concerns to Albany Leaders
      County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson, Legislator Will Burbank, and County Administrator Joe Mareane spent the day at the State Capitol in Albany today, urging legislative leaders to act on key ...
    01-31-2012 Comments Heard on County Redistricting Proposal
      At the first of two public hearings, the County’s Independent Redistricting Commission put forth its recommended plan for reapportioning County legislative districts. About ten people attended ...
    01-30-2012 Commission Invites Comment on Proposed Redistricting Plan
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission next Tuesday will hold the first of two public hearings on its proposed plan for reapportioning County legislative districts. The meeting will ...
    01-25-2012 County Gas Drilling Concerns Taken to Albany
      Tompkins County Legislature concerns about hydrofracking were actively communicated to State lawmakers yesterday, as hundreds of people from across the state rallied at the State Capitol to urge a ...
    01-23-2012 Council of Governments Releases Study of Potential Hydrofracking Impact
      The Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) has released a study of the potential impact of hydrofracking on the region: “Tompkins County Community Impact Assessment – High Volume Hydraulic ...
    01-20-2012 Tompkins County Tourism Program to Hold Grant Workshop
      Organizations or individuals interested in learning more about funding opportunities available through the Tompkins County Tourism Program are invited to attend a grant workshop on Tuesday, January ...
    01-17-2012 Committee Issues Recommendations to Achieve Universal Broadband Service
      After more than a year of research and deliberation, the Tompkins County Broadband Committee presented its recommendations to the County Legislature regarding how to best extend broadband Internet ...
    01-17-2012 Robertson Reelected Legislature Chair, Vice Chair Not Yet Decided
      The Legislature overcame repeated deadlock at its last meeting two weeks ago, and reelected Martha Robertson (D – District 13, Dryden) to her third year as Legislature Chair in 2012. The Chair’s ...
    01-13-2012 Redistricting Commission Identifies Favored Option
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission Thursday decided on a favored, 14-district plan to reapportion County legislative districts. The Commission supported a slightly modified version ...
    01-12-2012 Capital Plan Committee Eyes Design for New Legislature Space
      The County’s Capital Plan Review Committee today reviewed proposed concept plans for Legislature space on the second floor of the Old County Courthouse. HOLT Architects and County Facilities ...
    01-09-2012 Opportunity to Serve on the County Planning Advisory Board
      The Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board (PAB) currently has a vacancy for an at-large representative. With representatives from a diverse array of stakeholder interests, the PAB is uniquely ...
    01-03-2012 Labor Agreement with Corrections Union Ratified
      The Legislature, by unanimous vote (with Legislator Carol Chock excused), ratified a three-year bargaining agreement with the County’s Corrections Union, retroactive to 2010 and continuing through ...
    01-03-2012 Chair’s Election Deadlocked. Leadership Decision Delayed for Two Weeks
      Despite nine ballots, members of the Tompkins County Legislature have failed to yet elect a Chair of the Legislature for the 2012 term. The position of Chair is filled each year by a majority vote ...
    12-23-2011 Workshop January 10 on Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan
      Organizations or individuals interested in participating in the development of the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan for 2012–2020 are invited to attend a community workshop on Tuesday January ...
    12-20-2011 Legislature Authorizes Increased Bond Authority for Human Services Annex Improvements
      The Legislature, by a vote of 12-3, increased bonding authority for improvements to the new Human Services Annex building. (Legislators Pam Mackesey, Frank Proto, and Kathy Luz Herrera voted no.) ...
    12-20-2011 Legislature Recommends Statewide Ban on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
      After approving three resolutions related to the issue of gas drilling two weeks ago, the Tompkins County Legislature has now called for a statewide ban in high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New ...
    12-16-2011 Redistricting Commission Refines Focus to 14-District Plan
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission, charged with preparing a recommended plan for reapportionment of County legislative districts, narrowed its review process further at its tenth ...
    12-14-2011 Capital Committee Recommends Increased Bond Authority for Human Services Annex Improvements
      The Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee, meeting in special session Tuesday, recommended that bonding authority be increased for improvements to the new Human Services Annex building on West ...
    12-08-2011 Capital Plan Committee Examines Human Services Annex Improvements
      The Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee today continued to examine plans to improve the new Human Services Annex building (formerly occupied by Carpet Bazaar) into space to be initially ...
    12-08-2011 Tompkins Projects Receive Significant Funding in State Economic Development Awards
      Awards announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative provide significant support for projects initiated by Tompkins County to help spur ...
    12-06-2011 Lane Calls for Open Leadership Selection Process, Asks to be Considered for Chair
      Looking ahead to next month’s annual election of leadership for the County Legislature, Legislator Mike Lane, in a statement to the Legislature, urged that “a more publicly transparent selection ...
    12-06-2011 Legislature Affirms Official Positions on Gas Drilling
      The Tompkins County Legislature, through three coordinated resolutions adopted without dissent, took an official stand on issues related to gas drilling though horizontal drilling and high-volume ...
    12-06-2011 Proposed State Health Regulation Could Disrupt Home Health Agency Sale
      Legislature Chair Martha Robertson and County Administrator Joe Mareane told legislators they are deeply concerned about a proposed “emergency” State Department of Health regulation intended to ...
    12-01-2011 Tompkins County Council of Governments Takes Comment on Proposed DEC Gas Drilling Rules
      Area residents had the opportunity to officially weigh in on New York State’s proposed gas drilling rules, at an Ithaca hearing tonight sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments ...
    11-23-2011 Restoring Wetlands Near Cayuga Inlet: Presentation December 1
      A program to be held December 1 will present results of research showing how Cayuga Inlet wetlands lost over the past two centuries might be restored. The Tompkins County Environmental Management ...
    11-23-2011 Redistricting Commission Issues Interim Report
      Nearly five months after it began its work, the County’s Independent Redistricting Commission has filed an interim report with the County Legislature, summarizing its activities to date. The ...
    11-22-2011 Memorial Open House Honoring Bob De Luca December 5
      On Monday, December 5, the Tompkins County Community Mental Health Services Board and Tompkins County Mental Health Services will host a Memorial Open House in honor of long-time Mental Health ...
    11-15-2011 Legislature Backs Legislation to Implement Phased State Takeover of Medicaid Costs
      The Legislature, without dissent, urged passage of proposed State legislation that would implement a multi-year State takeover of the local share of Medicaid over the next eight years. It was noted ...
    11-15-2011 Legislature Urges Involvement, Support for County Health Departments Related to Gas Drilling
      Maintaining that county health departments are responsible for ensuring the safety of local drinking water supplies and protecting public health, including the responsibility under pending ...
    11-15-2011 Legislature Adopts 2012 County Budget
      After two-and-a-half months of budget deliberations, the final action took less than ten minutes, as the Tompkins County Legislature tonight adopted the County’s 2012 budget and its capital program ...
    11-09-2011 Legislature Hears Positive Comments on Recommended Budget
      The session was short, the comments appreciative, as the Tompkins County Legislature tonight took comment on the recommended amended County Budget for 2012. Tonight’s formal budget hearing lasted ...
    11-07-2011 Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System on November 9
      The first-ever nationwide test of the federal Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted this Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The nationwide test of the national alert and ...
    11-07-2011 Public Hearing on Proposed 2012 Budget November 9
      The County Legislature invites county residents to comment on the County’s proposed 2012 budget at a public budget hearing to be held Wednesday, November 9. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at ...
    11-04-2011 Newest Citizens Welcomed in Naturalization Ceremony
      Young and old alike, 45 applicants were admitted as the newest citizens of the United States of America by the Honorable Robert C. Mulvey, Justice of Supreme Court, in the main courtroom of the ...
    11-04-2011 Redistricting Commission Narrows Its Active Options
      At its eighth meeting, held Tuesday, November 1, Tompkins County’s Independent Redistricting Commission, charged with developing a plan to reapportion Tompkins County legislative districts, reduced ...
    11-03-2011 Vacant City Land Reestablished as Vegetated Stream Corridor Along Fall Creek
      The Tompkins County Planning Department is working closely with the City of Ithaca to enhance the stream corridor on the City’s vacant parcel on Fall Creek. The parcel sits on the northern bank of ...
    11-01-2011 Five-Year Employment Contract with While Collar Employees Approved
      The Legislature, by a vote of 14-1 (Legislator Frank Proto voted no) ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement between the County and Civil Service Employees Association Local 855 (While ...
    11-01-2011 Legislature Adopts 2012 Budget Amendments
      The Tompkins County Legislature, by a vote of 12-3, formally adopted amendments to the 2012 tentative budget, as recommended by its Expanded Budget Committee. (Legislators Dooley Kiefer, Carol Chock, ...
    11-01-2011 Legislature Approves Minutes Policy
      After over a year of deliberation and study, the Legislature approved an updated policy governing minutes of meetings of the Legislature and its committees. The final vote was 12-3, with Legislators ...
    10-28-2011 Extended Hours for Information and Absentee Voting
      If you have moved within the county in the last few months, you may need to go to a different poll site for the General Election on November 8th. You must vote based on your residence as of Election ...
    10-28-2011 Airport Sustainable Master Plan Receives National “Airports Going Green” Award
      Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is being recognized with a prestigious national award for its Sustainable Master Plan. The Plan has been chosen as a recipient of the 2011 “Airports Going Green” ...
    10-27-2011 Opportunities to Serve on the Tompkins County Board of Health
      The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) anticipates two vacancies beginning January 1, 2012.
  • One is a consumer (non-physician) seat. A consumer may be someone who has received ...
  • 10-26-2011 Recommended Amended Budget Would Increase Levy Just Under 4%
      Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee moved ahead in the 2012 County Budget process tonight, recommending for consideration by the Legislature an amended tentative 2012 County budget ...
    10-25-2011 Latest Actions Reduce Recommended Budget
      Recommendations made tonight by Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee would reduce the County Administrator’s recommended 2012 County Budget by more than half-a-million dollars, and the ...
    10-21-2011 Redistricting Commission Continues Review, Reduces Active Options
      The County’s Independent Redistricting Commission, charged with recommending a plan for reapportioning County legislative districts based on the 2010 Census, continued its work this week. Members ...
    10-18-2011 Legislature Urges State Delay on Gas Drilling Regulations
      The Legislature is calling upon New York State to withdraw new draft regulations on gas drilling through high volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing until the Environmental Impact Statement on such ...
    10-18-2011 Legislature Calls for Open Process for Africana Center Realignment
      By a vote of 13-2, the Legislature urged Cornell University Administrators to engage in an open, inclusive process in implementing plans to restructure the University’s Africana Studies and Research ...
    10-18-2011 Legislature Approves Sale of Home Health Agency
      The Legislature, by a vote of 11-4, approved sale of the County’s Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) to the firm HCR, based in Rochester, NY, directing the County to enter into a sales agreement, ...
    10-17-2011 Tompkins County Mourns the Death of Mental Health Commissioner Bob De Luca
      Tompkins County Mental Health Commissioner Robert De Luca, who has led the County’s Mental Health Department for the past decade, died this weekend, after bravely battled significant health ...
    10-17-2011 Legislators Begin to Consider 2012 Budget Amendments
      Six weeks after receiving a recommended 2012 County Budget from County Administrator Joe Mareane, Legislators acting as an Expanded Budget Committee began the process of proposing recommended changes ...
    10-14-2011 Portions of the Cayuga Inlet are Re-opened to Boat Traffic
      The Cayuga Inlet will be partially re-opened to normal activities this afternoon upon the successful application of the Herbicide Aquathol K (active ingredient Endothall) in the Cayuga Inlet on ...
    10-14-2011 Airport Disaster Drill Saturday, October 15
      Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will conduct a Federal Aviation Administration required disaster drill Saturday morning, October 15. Please see the announcement below from David Crawford, Airport ...
    10-14-2011 Capital Committee Learns More About Center of Government Options
      The Legislature’s Capital Plan Review Committee on Thursday continued to examine potential Center of Government alternatives, as architects presented elements of their preliminary report regarding ...
    10-12-2011 HCR Recommended to Take Over County Home Health Agency
      In the latest step of a process that has taken more than a year, the Legislature’s Health and Services Committee today recommended the firm HCR, based in Rochester, NY, to purchase the operating ...
    10-11-2011 Sample and Absentee Ballots Available
      Sample Ballots for the November 8 General Election can be viewed at www.votetompkins.com. Absentee ballots are also now available. The absentee application can be printed off the web site, or you can ...
    10-11-2011 Four Department Budgets Presented in 2012 Budget Review
      Tompkins County Legislators, acting as an Expanded Budget Committee, wrapped up the presentation phase of their review of the tentative 2012 County, as they heard from four more County ...
    10-07-2011 Latest Safe Medication Disposal Day Collects Over 800 Pounds of Medications
      Last week’s Safe Medication Disposal Day took in more than 800 pounds of unwanted household pharmaceuticals, from 409 participants. The Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal reports 834 pounds of ...
    10-07-2011 County Celebrates Opening of New and Improved Recycling Center
      With the snip of a ribbon displaying examples of the many things that can now be recycled, representatives of Tompkins County and its private partners ReCommunity and Casella Waste Services today ...
    10-06-2011 Tompkins County Budget Review Continues
      Tompkins County Legislators, acting as an Expanded Budget Committee, heard budget presentations from some of the County’s largest departments, as they continued tonight with review of the tentative ...
    10-05-2011 Sheriff Lansing Orders Closure of Cayuga Inlet
      In response to today’s declaration by City of Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson of an environmental emergency in the City of Ithaca due to the infestation of the invasive plant species Hydrilla in Cayuga ...
    10-04-2011 Legislature Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Legislator and Chair Harris Dates
      Legislature Chair Martha Robertson paid tribute to former legislator and legislative chair Harris B. Dates, who died September 26, after a short illness. Mr. Dates served 29 years on the Tompkins ...
    10-04-2011 Budget Hearing Set for November 9
      The Legislature, without dissent, scheduled the formal public hearing on the 2012 County Budget and the 2012-2016 Capital Program for Wednesday, November 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The hearing will ...
    10-04-2011 Legislature Preserves Tax Cap Override Option
      The Tompkins County Legislature has retained the option of considering an override the State property tax cap, if it so desires, when the time comes to adopt the 2012 Tompkins County Budget. After ...
    10-03-2011 Interested in developing affordable housing in Tompkins County?
      The Housing Fund - Funding Round 4: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) now open for the Community Housing Affordability Program and Community Housing Trust Program The Housing Fund, which ...
    09-30-2011 Noted Cornell Historian Delivers Next Civil War Lecture Monday, October 3
      Cornell University Professor of History Margaret Washington will present “Lincoln Must be Pushed: Civil War and Agitation before the Emancipation Proclamation,” the next in the series of Civil War ...
    09-30-2011 County Clerk Valenti Praises State for Shelving Vision Self Certification
      Tompkins County Clerk Aurora R. Valenti is praising Governor Andrew Cuomo for his action blocking a new State Department of Motor Vehicles regulation that would have permitted motorists renewing ...
    09-29-2011 Redistricting Commission Hears City Comments
      At its sixth meeting on September 27, the Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission listened to comments from City leaders concerning the reapportionment of County legislative districts. ...
    09-29-2011 Legislature Approves Funds to Eradicate Hydrilla
      Meeting in special session, the Legislature approved an emergency appropriation of $26,100 in contingency funds to enable chemical treatment to eradicate the invasive plant species Hydrilla from the ...
    09-27-2011 Surprise Honor for Commissioner Bob De Luca at Mental Health Recognition Celebration
      As the Tompkins County Mental Health Services Board tonight held its third annual “Celebration and Recognition of the Community of Care That Serves the People of Tompkins County,” it provided a ...
    09-27-2011 Busy Night for 2012 Budget Review
      Tompkins County Legislators, acting as an Expanded Budget Committee, had their busiest night yet of review of the tentative 2012 County budget, hearing presentations from ten County departments and ...
    09-26-2011 Much of the Focus on Human Services at Community Budget Forum
      Representatives of several human services organizations urged County Legislators to preserve funding for the county’s most vulnerable, as they consider the County budget for 2012. About 35 ...
    09-23-2011 Annual Community Budget Forum September 26
      The Tompkins County Legislature will hold its annual Community Budget Forum Monday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green ...
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