Public Works (DPW)


The Department of Public Works is responsible for:

  • Maintenance of City Hall, Cortland Youth Bureau Office and NYS Armory
  • Capital budget projects, interact with engineers, architects and contractors
  • Service agreements for equipment for the sites listed above
  • Purchasing: State Bid Contracts
  • Storage facilities

In the event you are interested in submitting bids or phone quotes for office supplies, paper products, cleaning supplies, maintenance services, and/or maintenance equipment, please contact Nic Dovi at 607-756-6221.

2023 Trash Pickup Program

On January 2, 2023 the city is launching a new trash pick-up program. As we launch our new trash and recycling program please keep in mind some of the positives as we make changes to our daily habits in an attempt to make removing trash and recycling easier. Some of the benefits to keep in mind include no longer needing to buy expensive blue bags; reduced storage and stockpiling of trash in garages, basements, and backyards causing problems with animals and rodents, as well as torn bags and blowing trash.

Requiring trash to be in containers allows for a more efficient pick-up and a more reasonable cost spread across city residents. The new system will also bring reduced truck traffic.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.


Recycle bins must also be at the curb by 7 a.m. on trash day.

Citizen Portal - Work Requests

The Citizen Portal is an on-line, non-emergency, avenue to report issues to the Public Works Department.  Issues limited to pot holes, street light outages, garbage.  This portal is to report issues within the boundaries of the City of Cortland.  Please click on link below to sign in to create a Work Request for the Department of Public Works.

Replacement Program Applications



Questions / Problems

Please call the DPW at 607-756-6221. If we can't take care of your question or problem, we will direct you to the correct department.