Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

13 Dec
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Chemung County Update: Paying for the First Arena

As Chemung County’s new executive administration and legislature prepare to take office on January 1, many unresolved issues are being researched and discussed. One matter near the top of the list is how to pay for debts associated with Elmira’s ...

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11 Dec
9

Chemung County Legislature votes in favor of legislative pay raises

Last night the Chemung County Legislature passed a resolution by a vote of 10-5 to increase legislative salaries by 3%. Legislators Rick Madl, Marty Chalk, Bill Fairchild, Peggy Woodard and Paul Collins all voted against it. During the meeting’s public ...

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06 Dec
14

Chemung County Update: The role of STEG, legislative salaries and the new medical school

Note: Going forward I will provide updates about what is happening in Chemung County government every Thursday and will add other posts throughout the week as pressing issues arise. I am in the process of updating the Chemung County Matters ...

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20 Nov
10

Chemung County budget update

I took last week off to spend time with my family after the election and am working hard to get back up to speed on many things that have transpired since November 5th. I intend to keep this blog going ...

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09 Nov
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Chemung County introduces and the Town of Elmira finalizes 2019 budgets

Yesterday Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli invited the media, sitting legislators and the public to a presentation where he unveiled the county’s proposed 2019 budget. The proposed budget can be found here. In general, the budget and accompanying letter from ...

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05 Nov
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IMPORTANT: Money available to Chemung County homeowners impacted by summer flood

Chemung County residents who suffered damage to their homes due to flooding that occurred from August 13-15 are eligible for grants worth up to $50,000. According to a US News and World Report article published on Saturday, the grant money comes ...

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26 Oct
1

The race for legislator in the 7th District

The purpose of this blog is to promote a discussion of issues affecting Chemung County. With November 6th fast approaching, and an unprecedented number of people running for local office, the elections themselves are relevant to that discussion right now. ...

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21 Oct
5

Op-Ed submissions offer contrasting visions of our community’s future

Today’s Star Gazette featured two starkly different visions of Chemung County’s future. Unfortunately, the Star Gazette recently stopped publishing its Opinion page online, meaning that many residents have not had a chance to read them. One piece, co-authored by me ...

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19 Oct
1

Negative campaigning hurts the community

2018 has been a great year for Chemung County.  With an unprecedented number of candidates running for local office, a much needed examination of how our government functions is underway. It has encouraged many serious discussions about who we are ...

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12 Oct
7

Revised Tax Plan Raises More Questions

The following was post was submitted to the Star Gazette as a Your Turn editorial on October 12, 2018 by me (Christina Sonsire) and Tony Pucci, candidates for Chemung County Legislature. On October 9th, we attended a meeting of the ...

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