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December is HIV Awareness Month and as 2020 approaches, it is time to reflect on the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State. In 2014, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health launched the “End the Epidemic 2020” campaign to end the infection of one person by another in…
Facility Now Known as “Ithaca Tompkins International Airport” New York State officials today announced completion of the $34.8 million modernization and expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, revitalizing the facility with contemporary passenger amenities, including a larger…
The Legislature approved a new Local Law that amends Chapter 133 of the County Code to modify the residency requirement for public officers, as provided for under NYS Public Officers Law.  After considerable discussion, the vote was 9-5, with Legislators Amanda Champion, Anne Koreman, Leslyn McBean…
Republican Elections Commissioner Elizabeth Cree was appointed to a new two-year term, commencing January 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2021.  Chair Martha Robertson said that she understands that that the certificate for the appointment was not filed by the December 1 deadline, and that in…
Following six months on intensive Task Force study and a month of thoughtful review by legislators, the Legislature authorized the County to move ahead and implement a plan to merge the County’s Departments of Public Health and Mental Health into one department, identifying the responsibilities of…
The Legislature, by unanimous vote, authorized the 2020 issuance of $10 million in one-year Airport Bond Anticipation Notes (the Legislature’s action necessary to comply with Section 147(f) of the federal Internal Revenue Code to ensure that the bond issue is exempt from Alternative Minimum Tax). …
Beginning January 1st, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management will implement a new fee structure for the recycling and disposal of certain materials. The fee changes will impact both commercial and residential users of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. “Fee increases have been…
The Tompkins County Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed County Administrator Jason Molino’s appointment of Daniel Cornell as Tompkins County’s Director of Probation and Community Justice.  Cornell has served in his current position of Deputy Director of Probation since 2018.  He began his…
On Wednesday, December 18, the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC) invites the public to participate in a community conversation on possible revisions to the County-owned Forest Management Plan. This meeting will take place 4:00-5:30pm in BorgWarner Room East at the Tompkins…
The Tompkins County Shared Services Panel, made up of municipal leaders from throughout Tompkins County, today approved Tompkins County’s 2020 Shared Services Plan.  With that approval, County Administrator Jason Molino will submit the Plan to the New York State Department of State before the end…