ITHACA, NY -- The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management will be closed Nov. 26 and Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving, and will re-open Nov. 30.
ITHACA, NY -- The Tompkins County Health Department has announced a potential COVID-19 exposure at BJ's Wholesale Club after an employee who tested positive worked during their infectious period. The employee is in isolation and any close contacts are in quarantine.
Leslie Danks Burke (D) has conceded the race for State Senate in the 58th district to incumbent Sen. Tom O'Mara (R). Of the major races in Tompkins County, this was the last to be called. Danks Burke significantly narrowed O'Mara's lead once absentee votes were counted starting Nov. 10. Howe…
The Tompkins County Legislature approved the 2021 budget on Nov. 18. The tax lavy will increase by approximately 2.21%, and the average tax rate will be $6.21 per thousand of taxable evaluation, a decrease of 1.6%. The median price home is $200,000, meaning the average person will see an inc…
The Community Arts Partnership is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Tompkins County Poet Laureate. The position of Tompkins County Poet Laureate was established by the Tompkins County Legislature in 2001 to honor local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community, enrich the e…
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA), administered by Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED), recently approved an emergency grant program for use in upgrading childcare facilities to allow for safer operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds…
ITHACA, NY -- As COVID cases around the country surge, Tompkins County has seen its highest case numbers yet, this past week. With 135 active cases as of Nov. 16, Health Director Frank Kruppa urged continued vigilance and adherence to local guidelines.
ITHACA, NY -- The Associated Press has declared Anna Kelles the winner of the 125th District of the NY State Assembly after all the mail-in votes in Cortland County were counted, and a wide margin of victory was established in Tompkins County.
ITHACA, NY -- The Tompkins County Health Department announced a potential COVID-19 exposure at the Target in Lansing, while active case numbers have hit triple digits.
ITHACA, NY -- Tompkins County and the city of Ithaca held a public forum on Nov. 6 to hear what residents wanted when it came to police reform. The goal of the forum was to answer the question, “What do we need to know to reimagine public safety in Ithaca and Tompkins County?”
ITHACA, NY -- From her office on the fourth floor of the Gateway building, Heather McDaniel has a view of much of downtown Ithaca. The ever-changing skyline is bolstered by the near-constant construction of new developments. It’s a view that McDaniel can take a lot of credit for.
ITHACA, NY -- Congressman Tom Reed has won his re-election bid against challenger Tracy Mitrano, capturing 63% of the vote.
ITHACA, NY -- Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca are hosting a series of community engagement opportunities and seeking the public’s input to help reimagine public safety. The first forum is this coming Friday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Polls are open today, Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Not sure of your polling place? Click here for Tompkins County polling sites broken up by town and ward, if applicable. Not sure of your ward? Click here for the New York State voter registration database.?
ITHACA, NY -- This year was New York State’s first time offering early voting for a presidential election, and it’s safe to say Tompkins County showed up. According to Board of Elections Co-Commissioner Steve Dewitt, 13,725 people voted early, which exceeded his expectations.
ITHACA, NY -- The expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee of the Tompkins County Legislature approved amendments to the recommended 2021 County Budget, including a proposal to reduce the tax levy and leverage fund balance to address projected 2021 budget shortfalls.
ITHACA, NY -- The Tompkins County Health Department is urging residents to continue social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding high-density gatherings as the region sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
This article originally ran in the Cornell Daily Sun on Oct. 25.?
ITHACA, NY -- City of Ithaca and Tompkins County officials and law enforcement are discouraging people from attending the planned rally in downtown Ithaca on Saturday.