February 28, Chill-A-Bration
12 noon - 4 pm, Historic Downtown Cortland. Over 20 restaurants will feature either a winter menu item to sample, or will prepare a special chili entry to compete for the title of “Cortland Area’s Best Chili.” Chill-A-Bration goers are encouraged to cast a ballot for their favorite samples by 4 pm. Not only will you support your favorite restaurants, but two ballots will be drawn to receive a prize! Chill-A-Bration mugs with tasting map and tickets will be available for pre-sale February 23-27 for $10 at Cortland Downtown Partnership Office, 9 Main St. Mugs will be available for purchase the day of the event at the Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court St., but sell out early. Proceeds from this event help support future Chill-A-Bration celebrations and allow Cortland Downtown Partnership to present family-friendly events that market the heart of our city, Historic Downtown Cortland. For more information call (607) 591-7903, e-mail or visit us on Facebook. Available online: Business Entry Form




Solutions Grassroots

Feb. 28, Solar Home Companion

11 am, Function Room, Corey Union, SUNY Cortland. The Solutions Grassroots Tour: Solar Home Companion with Josh Fox & Zephyr Teachout is conceived and directed by Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker Josh Fox. “A Solar Home Companion” combines classic storytelling and great music with roll-up-your sleeves organizing to look at the impacts of fossil fuel development and provide a vision for developing renewable energy like no other event on the planet. Lightly parodying NPR/Garrison Keillor’s popular “A Prairie Home Companion” the show is like an old fashioned variety show, with music, stories, film sequences,and Americana but with a new twist: this show teaches it’s audience how to go renewable and how to organize for a sustainable future. Music and Renewable Energy under one roof. Donations requested. To RSVP visit For more information call Sheila Cohen (607-756-8191) or Gabe Recchio (Office: 607-753-4815; Cell: 585-245-4890) or visit

Center for the Arts

February 28, Tom Paxton

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. Adults $30, Seniors $25, Students $13, and under 18 free. For more information, call (607) 749-4900 or visit Doors open at 7 pm for social hour.

Cortland County Health Department

March 3-4, AARP Smart Driver Class

5:30-8:30 pm, Cortland Senior Center Room B-1, County Office Building. Register in advance by calling the Cortland County Health Department at (607) 758-5509.

First Friday Art Event

March 6, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. First Fridays celebrate the art and culture of our local community on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information visit, or our Facebook page.

Cortland High School

March 6 & 7, "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

7:30 pm, Cortland High School Auditorium. Performed by the Cortland High Theatre program. Presale tickets are available for $6.00 or you can purchase them for $8.00 at the door. For more information or tickets call (607) 753-4110 or email

Cultural Celebration

March 7, Cultural Celebration

3 pm, Old Main Brown Auditorium, SUNY Cortland. Featuring Hanson Place Men's Chorale of New York City, pianist Dorothy Thomas, Chordland Dragons a cappella, Kadeeja Fredankey, SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir and Margarita Harper. $5 General Admission; Students free. Email for reservations or advance purchase; may also purchase at the door. For more information call (607) 753-4104 or email

United Way for Cortland County

March 7, Great Polar Bear Challenge

9:00 registration, 10:00 costume judging and plunge, Yaman Park. Put a team together or plunge on your own! Collect sponsorships from friends and family who want to see you take the plunge for the United Way for Cortland County.
$50 minimum sponsorships plus $10 registration fee. Sign up at Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Polar Bear Challenge t-shirts are available for order.


February 2-March 2, Treehouse Tales Writing Contest

Winter is a great time for reading and letting the imagination soar. Encourage talented young students (grades 1-4) to write and illustrate stories for this contest. Parents, teachers, libraries, and after-school programs are invited to make Treehouse Tales an enjoyable winter project. Students in WCNY’s 19-county viewing area are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for all entries is March 2. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. WCNY’s judging teams will choose a first-, second- and third-place winner from each grade, with prizes awarded at a public award ceremony March 25 where winners will present their tales. For more information visit

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City of Cortland Assessor's Office

Effective Monday, February 23, the City of Cortland Assessor's Office will be located in the Homer Town Hall at 31 North Main Street, Homer, NY 13077. The phone number is 607-749-3153. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am - 12:30 pm. The City Assessor is Mr. Randy Deal.

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February Tax Notice

Taxes for the current year are due in February but may be paid in two installments, the first half in February and the second half in August. If paid in two installments, no additional bill will be sent.

If not paid by February 28, a fee of 5% is added March 1st, increasing 1% per month thereafter on the first installment. On the second installment, a fee of 2 ½ % is charged from March 1 to August 31st increasing 5% September 1st and 1% per month thereafter.

Finance Dept. hours are 8:30 am to 4 pm. It is preferred that payment be made by check or money order as it will help reduce processing costs. Checks will be accepted with the post office postmark no later than February 28, 2015. All checks should be made payable to the City of Cortland, 25 Court Street, Cortland, New York, 13045. For additional information you may call the Finance office at (607) 756-7312.

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City of Cortland to Offer Funds to "Microenterprises"

The City of Cortland was recently awarded funding to assist existing or start-up microentprises located or wishing to locate in the City. The funding was awarded by New York State Homes and Community Renewal under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program. Read more >>

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Funds for Purchase or Rehabilitation of Single Family Homes Awarded to City of Cortland

The City of Cortland was awarded funds to assist in the purchase and rehabilitation of single-family homes in the City.


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Multi-Family Home Ownership Program Funds Still Available UPDATED 08-01-2014

The City of Cortland has a limited amount of Community Development Block Grant funds remaining in its Multi-Family Home Ownership Program. The Program provides assistance for down payment and closing costs for those wishing to purchase a two or three unit home in the City of Cortland that is in need of repairs. The City can provide up to $16,000 to assist in the purchase.


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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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