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Land Trust completes acquisition of Bell Station property
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Finger Lakes Land Trust completes purchase of Bell Station property
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The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) today announced it has purchased the 480-acre Bell Station property, featuring 3,400 feet of pristine Cayuga Lake shoreline, from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG). The property, located in the town of Lansing,…
COVID boosters approved for children 5+
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ITHACA, NY -- The Tompkins County Health Department shared the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding their approval of the Federal Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for individuals ages…
11-year-old girl reported missing from Northeast Elementary
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ITHACA, NY -- An 11-year-old from Northeast Elementary was reported missing after failing to get on the bus at dismissal time. Her first name is Amaysia and she lives on Graham Road. She is described as Black with black hair…
Calif. pad with guitar-shaped pool designed by Grace Slick asks $16M
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This oceanfront Marin County home has served as a sanctuary for multiple rock royals — it's now on the market for $16 million.
City to open 'Remagining' investigation, Council members want to move forward
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ITHACA, NY -- In a special Common Council meeting on May 11 it was announced that the city is undertaking its own separate investigation into allegations of unethical behavior during the Reimagining Public Safety Process. The county attorney had announced…
Ithaca-area home prices fall 4.9% in April, with houses for sale in high demand
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In Tompkins County, homes for sale had a median price of $180 per square foot, while New York's was $488
Growing mental health needs face provider gap: 'We just don't have enough to meet demand'
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Mental health calls to Tompkins County 2-1-1 have increased 37% in recent months. Here's what that means for the public health providers.
Martin Shkreli’s ex Christie Smythe on his release: ‘I’d love to see him’
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Christie Smythe, the 39-year-old ex-journalist who was dumped by convicted "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli from prison, are still friends and she's hoping to see him now that he's gotten an early release into an NYC halfway house.
Rep. Tom Reed resigns, new Congressional maps proposed
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The future representation of Tompkins County continues to change at a dizzying pace, as in the past week Rep. Tom Reed resigned and new congressional and senate districts were proposed.
Guest Opinion: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Tompkins County
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The Tompkins County Health and Mental Health Departments play a significant role in addressing access to mental health services and improving mental health outcomes. We offer an outpatient clinic, services supporting recovery from substance use, publish opioid statistics, provide programs…
After 3-year hiatus, New York State Special Olympics Summer Games returns to Ithaca
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2,000 people, including 1,200 athletes and coaches, will be coming to Ithaca to participate in the Special Olympics Summer Games.
Court-appointed expert draws more GOP-friendly New York political maps
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A court-appointed expert released a draft of new congressional maps for New York.
New York COVID cases surge 24% as CDC urges indoor masking in 45 counties
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NY's weekly COVID tally leaped nearly 24% last week, as 68,262 cases were reported. CDC says people should wear masks indoors in 45 of 62 counties
Local officials spend a day getting to know local businesses in Collegetown
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ITHACA, NY -- Collegetown businesses got a little love from the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ithaca during the Collegetown Business Walk on Friday, April 22. The intention was to split into groups and meet with businesses…
ICSD budget breakdown: What to know before the May 17 vote
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ITHACA, NY -- Sixty percent of voters will have to approve the Ithaca City School District budget this year after the Board of Education proposed a 7.21% levy increase. The proposed budget in total is $148,944,098 for the 2022-23 school…
May 13 is hot dog day on the Commons!
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ITHACA, NY -- You know him and you love him. Lou Cassaniti, “the hot dog guy,” is hosting his annual SPCA fundraiser this Friday, May 13. This year he's partnering with Trader K's for the event. Everything at the store…
Talking to Amy Kremenek, next president of TC3
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Tompkins Cortland Community College announced on May 3 the hiring of Dr. Amy Kremenek as the college’s fifth president in its history. Kremenek’s term will officially begin on June 1.
Gillibrand closes funding gap for rail trail bridge
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the Dryden Rail Trail at Hall Woods Road on May 5 to announce the $700,000 in federal funding she secured to complete the Dryden Rail Trail Bridge project. The $2.9 million project was initially stalled…
How hot is the real estate market near Ithaca? Home prices rise to $228K
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How did the Ithaca-area housing market do in February? The median price for a house in 2022 was higher than 2021.
Legislators speak up on Roe v. Wade, address ‘Reimagining’ concerns
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The women of the Tompkins County Legislature spoke out strongly against the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that protects a pregnant woman’s freedom to choose to have an abortion without excessive…
County Ethics Board will investigate Myrick, ‘Reimagining’ process
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ITHACA, NY -- Tompkins County Attorney Bill Troy has decided to open an ethics investigation after city of Ithaca Alderperson Cynthia Brock requested the county’s ethics board look into the actions of former mayor Svante Myrick during the Reimagining Public…
$163 million for Southern Tier: How the area is spending its American Rescue Plan dollars
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The projects are a reflection of the needs in each community, from housing units in Binghamton to removing dead and dying trees in Elmira.
County redistricting effort could add 2 legislators
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The Tompkins County redistricting commission is looking for public input on the proposed maps of the 16 new election districts. There will be a public meeting on May 10 for residents to give their comments and suggestions, and on May…
An ethical dilemma: Accusations of unethical behavior slows 'Reimagining' process
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ITHACA, NY -- A process that has been controversial from the start has a new complication as Alderperson Cynthia Brock has requested an ethics investigation from the Tompkins County Ethics Advisory Board into former mayor Svante Myrick for his alleged…