Car-Free Challenge

September 22 - October 5, Car-Free Challenge
Walk. Bike. Ride the bus. Carpool. From 9/22 to 10/5 replace trips that you would normally take in a car by yourself. Register and log your daily activities to be eligible for daily prizes and the grand prize, a FitBit. For more information call Ann at (607) 756-4198 or visit Sponsored by Seven Valleys Health Coalition and Way2Go Cortland.




Cortland Regional Medical Center

September 23, Cortland Memorial Foundation's Annual Harvest of Gold

6 - 9 pm, The Lynne Parks '68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House, 29 Tompkins St. This year we are honoring the Cortland Community Foundation for their support of the Cortland Regional Medical Center over the years and other organizations in the community. We will also recognize CRMC's 125 years of providing continuous healthcare to Cortland and the surrounding area. Tickets are $55 each and include an evening of live music, hearty hors d'oeuvres and fabulous desserts. To order tickets: call (607) 756-3757 or online. Please contact us if you would like to receive an invitation by US mail. For more information call (607) 756-3757, email or visit

Cortland YMCA

September 24, YMCA Fall Classic

Choose which race you want to participate in. Leaf Peeper Half Marathon starts at 8:30 am at Yaman Park, with the traditional route down Rt 13, over Lorings Crossing, and up East River Rd. and back. Registration starts at 7:30 am. $40 in advance, $50 race day. Cortland Chiro 10k starts at 9am sharp. Registration fee is $25, Youth 13 and under $20, and $35 on Race Day. The Pumpkin 5K starts at 9:15 at Yaman Park, heading out Rt. 13 and turning back to the start at Lorings Crossing. Registration fee $25, $35 Race Day, Youth 13 and Under $20. Sign up in person at 22 Tompkins St. or online. Volunteers for the event are also welcome, as there are needs for flaggers, rest/snack station attendants, registration and medal finishers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Y directly at 756-2893 or email

Center for the Arts

September 24, A Taste of Broadway

6 pm, cocktail hour, 7 pm dinner and performances. The Center for the Arts with the American Culinary Federation (Syracuse Chapter) are hosting an evening of spectacular food and entertainment to present a "Taste of Broadway." Featured performers from SUNY Cortland's Dept. of Performing Arts. SUNY Cortland performers will sing well known selections from a Broadway musical repetoire. Guest professional chefs will prepare a four course meal of primarily locally sourced food. A musical and culinary delight to tickle the senses! MENU: Passed Hors d'oeuvres, Tomato Bread Soup, Local Greens Salad, CNY Surf & Turf, Vegetarian Entree, Dessert Trio. Tickets are $65 each or $480 for table of 8 (please call 607-749-4900). For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit

Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown

September 24, Comedian Kelly MacDonald

7:30 pm, Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. SUNY Cortland Grad coming to Cortland direct from L.A., as seen on The Tonight Show! Kelly recounts his comical childhood in upstate NY, his even funnier college experiences at SUNY Cortland (Class of '74), and alas...the "adulting" life topics of marriage, parenthood, travel and the constant struggle to keep up with an incredibly fast-changing world! Kelly's comedy is smart, clean and observational (with a dash of music) that is hysterical for all ages! $20.00 in advance, $25 at the door. Beer/wine cash bar. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit

Cruise In

September 25, Cruise In

1-4 pm, Cortland Elks Lodge, 9 Groton Ave. A free community event with food, music, raffles and fun. Motorcycles, cars, collectibles, any make, model or style. Featuring JazzHappensBand. Proceeds to support Elks youth programs.

Lime Hollow Nature Center

September 25, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email, or visit

Monarch Butterfly

September 27, Science and Suds: Saving the Monarchs

7-8 pm, Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court St. Join us to learn about the history and ecology of monarch butterflies, their current predicament, and future stategies if we want to conserve them. Is the current agenda of planting milkweed going to solve the problem? Presented by Anurag Agrawal, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Professor of Entomology at Cornell University. Free admission. Sponsored by Lime Hollow Nature Center and Cortland Beer Company. See Poster.

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City of Cortland Free Tree Program Now Accepting Applications

In previous years, applications for the City’s free tree planting program were accepted in the spring of the year in which the trees were planted. NEW THIS YEAR - The City will be soliciting applications THIS FALL for trees to be planted in the spring of 2017. The change in process will allow the City to better administer the Program. More information about the Tree Program, an on-line application, and pictures of the tree species for 2017 are now available. Please note that the City will NOT be soliciting applications in the spring of 2017; so if you want to be considered for the Program, please check back soon and often.

2017 Free Tree Details and Application

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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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