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Winners of 2 Finger Lakes Favorites Awards in 2021!

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Aug 27, 2021 1:42:40 PM

We are so excited to announce that we have been voted as the Best Bank (Gold winner) and Best Home Mortgage (Silver winner) in this year's Finger Lakes Favorites. We are truly humbled and grateful for our Central New York communities. 

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Nia Nunn, Ph.D. Named the August Community Hero of the Month Recipient

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Aug 20, 2021 10:49:38 AM

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Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Aug 20, 2021 8:41:32 AM

On Saturday, August 21, we celebrate National Senior Citizens Day. On this day, we should all take a moment to let the seniors in our lives know how much we appreciate them. They are our parents, grandparents, and mentors, and they have set the foundation for much of the important work we do each and every day. One way we can honor our seniors is to do our part to protect them from scammers. Unfortunately, scammers target our nation’s seniors at alarming rates. We encourage you to talk to the seniors in your lives about telephone and letter scams. These scams are a form of elder abuse, and are all too common.

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July 2021 Community Hero of the Month: Tompkins County School Nurses

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Jul 16, 2021 1:25:09 PM

Tompkins County School Nurses Named July Community Hero of the Month

In partnership with the Tompkins Chamber, we have named Tompkins County School Nurses as the July 2021 recipients of the Community Hero of the Month Award, which recognizes individuals from Tompkins County who have significantly impacted our community.

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The Show Must Go On:  (Op-ed by Greg Hartz)

Posted by Greg Hartz on Jun 24, 2021 4:31:39 PM

The Show Must Go On: Supporting the Arts as We Turn the Corner on COVID-19

An Op-ed by Greg Hartz published on June 22, 2021 by the Ithaca Times.

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Nominations Sought for 2021 Awards for Excellence

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Jun 16, 2021 12:07:38 PM

Nominations are open for James J. Byrnes Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now being accepted for Tompkins Trust Company’s 2021 James J. Byrnes Awards for Excellence, an annual program that recognizes outstanding individuals and volunteer-based non-profit organizations for their contributions in Tompkins County.

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June 2021 Community Hero of the Month: Jessica Gosa

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on Jun 16, 2021 11:57:39 AM

Jessica Gosa from Foodnet Meals on Wheels Named Community Hero of the Month

In partnership with the Tompkins Chamber, we have named Foodnet Meals on Wheels Executive Director, Jessica Gosa, as the June 2021 recipient of the Community Hero of the Month Award, which recognizes individuals from Tompkins County who have significantly impacted our community.

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Helping With Your Home Ownership Dreams

Posted by Stacy Merill, VP, Residential Mortgage Lending Manger on Jun 11, 2021 10:16:06 AM

Buying a home can be a complicated process. But as community bankers, we can help navigate you through it every step of the way. And what better time to highlight that commitment than American Housing Month.* So here’s a reminder that we can help you realize your dream of homeownership or plan your move to a new home in the current economy. 

With interest rates so low, homeownership remains very affordable, which is why people have been buying homes throughout the pandemic. To prepare yourself, the best way to start is by allowing a mortgage lender to educate you about the current housing market. We can help you understand what mortgage programs are best for you and which you can afford, including the amount you’ll need to put down and pay monthly.

Being armed with this knowledge is especially important now with the housing inventory so low and home buying so competitive. In fact, it’s not unusual for many people to make offers on the same house within one or two days. Becoming prequalified can give you an edge in that process.

Education for First-time Homebuyers
We are focused on building relationships, so we enjoy spending time educating our clients to make things as easy and affordable as possible. This is important when it comes to big financial decisions like buying a house. And especially for first-time homebuyers, who often have low-to moderate incomes. Connect with a mortgage originator to review your options.

We also offer virtual seminars on mortgages and homebuying. In fact, one is coming up soon, on Tuesday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. To register, please visit

Owning a home is only one part of your financial picture – a picture that changes as you and your family grow. Please remember that we want to help with your other needs including banking, insurance, and financial growth and planning. Please give us a call. We’re always ready to help.

*The American Bankers Association and its foundation celebrate June as American Housing Month to highlight banks’ commitment to help customers reach their housing goals. This month and all year round, that commitment includes education on housing, lending as well as options to help people struggling to pay for their home.

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May 2021 Community Hero of the Month Awards

Posted by Tompkins Trust Company on May 17, 2021 10:54:20 AM

Cornell University Four Honored May Community Heroes of the Month

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Tips for Teach Children to Save Day

Posted by Brandy Besemer, Branch Manager on Apr 20, 2021 3:32:44 PM

As a local banking professional and a mother of young children, financial literacy is a topic I think about often. I work daily with members of the community to help them with their various, and often complex, financial needs. When I have these conversations, I am often reminded that it is critical we give our kids the tools they need to achieve financial literacy at an early age. It will pay off well into adulthood!

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