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Cayuga Nature Center receives vital donation to preserve native animal program

GOOD SPOTS: Cayuga Nature Center offers fun, outdoor educational opportunities
The Cayuga Nature Center announced receiving a significant donation from the Lilac Foundation, described as "transformative" for its native animal program. This timely contribution comes as a lifeline for the center, which had been grappling ... more
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Two suspects flee scene of knife attack in Ithaca; victim recovering in hospital

Ithaca approves overhauling policing in the city, votes to create ‘Public Safety Department’
The Ithaca Police Department say they responded to a distress call on Saturday, March 2 around 1:50 p.m. regarding a physical altercation involving several individuals. Police said initial reports indicated that one was armed with ... more
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Ithaca adopts AI surveillance cameras despite company’s permitting controversies

Ithaca approves overhauling policing in the city, votes to create ‘Public Safety Department’
The City of Ithaca has entered into a contract with Flock Safety, a company recently spotlighted for failing to secure necessary permits in several states, to implement an advanced surveillance system aimed at enhancing public ... more
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Ithaca man sentenced 13 years for federal drug trafficking

NYS lawmakers, Gov. Hochul nearing an agreement on pay increases for assigned counsel, public defenders
Odell Tindley, a 31-year-old man from Ithaca has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for his involvement in distributing controlled substances, including methamphetamine and cocaine, in Watertown. The sentencing was announced by United ... more
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Two face felony charges after illegal drugs, weapons seized in Newfield search

Police investigate after bullet goes through window frame at Ithaca home
In a significant operation on February 29 the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team executed a search warrant in the town of Newfield. The operation was a part of an ongoing investigation targeting the illegal sale of ... more
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Lyons Bancorp announces dividend and board election updates

Lyons National Bank breaks ground on new branch
Lyons Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of The Lyons National Bank, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 35 cents per share, to be paid on April 15, 2024, to shareholders of record as of ... more
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Power restored for thousands: Heavy lake effect snow along Rt. 104

Power restored for thousands: Heavy lake effect snow along Rt. 104
2 PM Update: Warming station opened outside Newark Power outages across the Finger Lakes region had been greatly reduced as of 2 p.m. There were fewer than 1,000 outages reported across the entire area. Counties ... more
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Tompkins County deals with uptick in opioid overdoses

NY death certificates for overdoses must note type of opioid
Tompkins County is grappling with a significant rise in opioid overdose deaths, sparking concern among local officials and community leaders. Six individuals have succumbed to opioid overdoses this month alone, including five deaths reported by ... more
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Enfield Community Center overcomes foreclosure risk after clerical error

Enfield Community Center overcomes foreclosure risk after clerical error
In a dramatic turn of events, the Enfield Community Center faced foreclosure due to a significant clerical oversight that led to a $27,000 tax lien. The entire ordeal was first reported by The Ithaca Voice ... more
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Ithaca seeks public input at meeting tonight on Rt. 13 waterfront access improvements

Ithaca seeks public input at meeting tonight on Rt. 13 waterfront access improvements
The City of Ithaca invites the community to a public forum on Tuesday, February 27th, to discuss plans for redesigning Route 13. The aim is to enhance safety and access to the Cayuga Lake waterfront ... more
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Tompkins County eyes new strategies for recruiting next generation of law enforcement

Tompkins County eyes new strategies for recruiting next generation of law enforcement
The Community Justice Center (CJC), in a joint venture with the city of Ithaca and Tompkins County, has presented a detailed report aimed at improving the recruitment and retention of law enforcement officers. Collaborating with ... more
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Police: Death investigation underway in Ithaca

Death investigation underway after man found on Osborne St. in Auburn
Police in Ithaca have initiated a death investigation after a person was found deceased on Cliff Street around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Ithaca Police Department, along with Bangs Ambulance, and the Tompkins County Medical ... more
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Dryden Fiber looking for executive director

Dryden Fiber looking for executive director
The Town of Dryden has taken a significant step forward in its Dryden Fiber broadband project by unanimously approving the creation of an executive director position. The announcement came during the Town Board's meeting on ... more
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Property values skyrocket in Tompkins County, as do assessments

Real estate listings down 35%, but closings and sale prices are up 16% or more in Finger Lakes
Property owners in Tompkins County are facing a notable surge in the assessed value of their properties, with an average increase of nearly 20% reported by the Tompkins County Assessment Department. This significant rise reflects ... more
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Tompkins County advances Center of Government project with department relocations

Lisa Holmes
Tompkins County Legislature has made significant progress on their Center of Government initiative, confirming the relocation of 16 county departments to a new building on the 300 block of North Tioga Street in Ithaca. The ... more
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Cornell University, others receive non-credible threat via email

Cornell AgriTech to receive state funding, resources as newly-certified NYSTAR Business Incubator
Cornell University, alongside several other institutions, received an anonymous email on Friday morning threatening violence, according to Associate Vice President for Public Safety, David Honan. The threat, deemed unsubstantiated by the Cornell University Police (CUPD), ... more
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TC3 offers financial aid for students in unpaid internships through state funding

TC3 offers financial aid for students in unpaid internships  through state funding
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) is set to offer financial support to students engaged in unpaid or low-paid internships, thanks to $116,000 in state funding secured over the next three years. This initiative, part of ... more
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Cayuga Medical Center boosts emergency preparedness with $10M grant

Patient from NYC dies of COVID-19 at Cayuga Medical Center
Cayuga Medical Center is set to enhance its emergency response capabilities with the addition of two new generators and a dedicated storage facility, funded by a $10,450,800 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ... more
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Tompkins County seeks public input on first strategic operations plan

Tompkins County seeks public input on first strategic operations plan
Tompkins County is inviting its residents to contribute their insights and opinions towards the development of the county's inaugural Strategic Operations Plan. The initiative marks a significant step in enhancing governmental decision-making, focusing on budget ... more
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Fire devastates Dryden home; no injuries reported

Fire devastates Dryden home; no injuries reported
An early morning house fire in the Town of Dryden led to the temporary closure of Route 13 but was successfully contained with no injuries reported, thanks to the swift action of Neptune Hose Co ... more
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Ithaca College issues warning over repeat trespass offender

Ithaca College issues warning over repeat trespass offender
Ithaca College has issued a warning to its campus community regarding a repeat trespass offender, identified as 30-year-old Simeon Adams, who was found trespassing in a residence hall on February 20. Adams, who had previously ... more
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