Memorial Day

May 29, Memorial Day Ceremony

City of Cortland veteran organizations host an annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor and remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. 10 am, Old Timers Band plays a patriotic medly. 11 am Memorial Ceremony: Presentation of colors, Invocation, Honor Guard ceremony – rifles fired; taps played, closing remarks, Benediction. 12 noon, Courthouse Memorial Park ceremony conducted by Cortland County V.A. Services Director Carl Bullock; placement of wreaths at the conflict markers and reading of the Mortuary Report, Taps. 1 pm Reception at the VFW at 76 Main Street. All are welcome.





May 23, WAVE Training Session

9 am - 4 pm, Dwyer Park, Little York. WAVE = Water Assessment by Volunteer Evaluators. Sponsored by DEC in partnership with the Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance. Presented by Alene Onion.The first half of the session is held in the Little York Lake Pavilion and the 2nd part will be "hands on" demonstrations in the nearby stream. Come for part or come for all! You’ll learn how to test the health of the streams near you and determine what type of insects and bugs (macroinvertebrates) are harbored there. We will learn to identify the six "most wanted” and the six "least wanted" species in a stream. This is a FREE session. Registration needed only for part 2: "hands on" in the stream. To register, complete the online registration form. We will start promptly at 9 AM. Please bring a packed lunch for yourself. Learn more about the WAVE process.

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May 25, Community Workshop for Big Ideas

5:15 pm, Cortland Elks Lodge, 9 Groton Ave. The City of Cortland is soliciting the community’s help in identifying Big Ideas to be included into Cortland’s submission to New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative 10 million dollar grant application. One application in the Central York Region will be awarded a 10 million dollar grant based on the merit of their concept's ability to catalyze development in their urban core and transform the community. Please briefly articulate your concept here.

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May 26, Appalachian Regional Commission Funding Workshop Registration Deadline

June 7, 11 am - 1 pm, SUNY Cortland Park Center, Hall of Fame Room #1118, 22 Graham Ave. Learn about Appalachian Regional Commission overview and introductions, Department of State, Division of Local Government with REDC commitment, Performance Measure Requirements. Eligible projects include incorporated not-for-profits, municipalities, and other public entities such as IDAs and school systems in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. Funds must be matched at least dollar per dopllar with cash and/or in-kind goods or services depending on the type of proposal. Funds must be used for new activities/programs, or for an expansion of ativities/programs. Funding of existing programs is NOT eligible. Please register by May 26. Limited to 50 participants. Free lunch provided. Register online now.

Firefighter for a Day

June 1, Registration Opens for Firefighter for a Day

July 26 for 3-7 yr-olds, July 27 for 8-14 yr-olds, Suggett Park. Experience what firefighters experience every day! Register on June 1 at Space is limited and fills up quickly!

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Main Street Two-Way Conversion Study

The City of Cortland announces the findings of 2017 Main Street Two-Way Conversion Study. Please send any final feedback on the draft report to by May 30.

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June 1, City Zoning Code Revisions Community Meeting

6 pm, Ramada Cortland Hotel and Conference Center, 2 River St., Winsor Room. The City of Cortland will hold a Community Open House regarding the Zoning Code and Land Use Regulations Update. The meeting is open to the public and citizen input is welcomed. As a follow-up to the 2012 comprehensive plan, the City of Cortland sought and received funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Phase II of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program to update its zoning code and land development regulations. A project Steering Committee was formed and has been meeting throughout the project. The City retained a consultant team led by Ingalls Planning & Design to assist with the project. This is the second public meeting in the update process.

The purpose of the meeting is for citizens to hear about the draft of the updated zoning code and provide valuable feedback on the proposed changes. The draft document of the zoning code is available on the city’s website. The meeting will include a presentation starting at 6 pm followed by an open house from 6:15 to 8 pm to allow citizens to share thoughts and ideas regarding the draft zoning code. For more information contact Matt Ingalls, Principal, Ingalls Planning & Design, at (585) 377-3350.

Zoning Code Update (Draft)

American Red Cross

Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm Program

In addition to caring for local fire victims when they have nowhere else to turn, the American Red Cross is committed to promoting fire safety and helping to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries that occur in our region each year. In partnership with local fire departments, community groups and corporate supporters, they are offering FREE smoke alarms to residents and providing fire preparedness education to hundreds of local families through their ongoing Home Fire Campaign. The American Red Cross will install up to 3 smoke detectors per household at no charge. They also have bed shakers for those that are hard of hearing. Call 315-234-2299 to set up an appointment for the install. They will also replace batteries as necessary. For more information or to request your free smoke alarms, visit

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Grievance Procedure per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

The City of Cortland has adopted a grievance procedure relative to discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities funded with certain federal funds.

BACKGROUND: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the “Act”) as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or that receive financial assistance from HUD.


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City of Cortland Small Business Assistance

Do you want to open a small business? Do you need to expand your small business? This may be your chance to be in business for yourself! The City of Cortland will be applying for NYS funding for a city-wide Microenterprise Program to assist small businesses with five or fewer employees, including the owners. For more information contact Laura Meagley at Thoma Development Consultants immediately at (607) 753-1433 or download guidelines and pre-application. The city must apply for this opportunity to assist small businesses no later than July 29. Act soon so this opportunity doesn't expire!

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HOME Program Funds Available

NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $304,000 from New York State to administer a new HOME Program in the City.  Home funds will be used for the rehabilitation of single-family homes in the City that are owned and occupied by low-to-moderate income persons. READ MORE >>

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Income Property Program Funds Available

ATTENTION INCOME PROPERTY OWNERS - NEW FOR 2016 – The City of Cortland was awarded $400,000 to administer an Income Property Program in the City.   The funds will be used for the rehabilitation of substandard, one to three unit income properties in the City where at least 51% of the tenants are low-to-moderate in income. READ MORE >>

Emergency 911 Address

Can the City of Cortland Find You Quickly in an Emergency?

Emergency 911 Address & House Number

The following guidelines will assist you in correctly posting an emergency 911 address number. If you have a question in reference to posting your house number, call the Fire Station at 758-8380, or Code Enforcement at 753-1741.

1. The number shall be displayed in a location visible from the road on which the number is assigned, such as a mailbox easily identifiable from the street.

2. The number should be placed on the house or dwelling unit in an area immediately adjacent to the front door. Numbers must be readily visible from the street and the view of the numbers should not be blocked by trees or shrubs.

3. Numbers may be placed on a sign or post at the entrance to a right-of-way or shared driveway. If the sign serves multiple buildings, the address to each house or unit served by that right-of-way or shared driveway shall be affixed. If the house or unit is not visible from the point at which the individual driveway breaks from the right-of-way or shared driveway, the address number must also be posted on the house or dwelling or unit.

4. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high.

5. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers.

6. Numbers shall be set on a background or contrasting color, preferably white or black. It is recommended that a retro reflective material be used.

7. Do not place number on utility poles, road signs, or anywhere within the road right-of-way (except mailboxes).

8. Temporary display of addresses for new structures shall be maintained during construction.

If you receive your mail at a Post Office Box you must still post the Emergency 911 Address on your property so that it can be located by emergency vehicles.

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Energy ChallengeEnergy Challenge Program

The typical household in Central New York wastes about 30 percent of its energy consumption. The Challenge Team program is designed to reduce that energy waste.

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