Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

06 Jul
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Widespread financial impact of COVID-19 on local municipalities beginning to take shape

There has been little debate throughout the past few months among local officials surrounding one key aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic: the financial impact on municipalities, including Chemung County, will be substantial. Sales tax proceeds, a key component of most ...

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10 Jun
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COVID updates for Chemung County residents

This morning Chemung County Executive Chris Moss provided members of the Legislature with an extremely thorough update of matters related to COVID-19 and the reopening of our community. I am sharing Moss’ update on this forum with his permission: ——————————— ...

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29 May
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Confusion surrounds New York’s economic re-opening process

*Please note this is a developing issue. I wanted to get a post out as soon as possible to help provide some guidance about what is happening, but things may change rapidly. I will do my best to provide updates ...

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11 May
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Starting to bring the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on Chemung County into focus

There is no question Chemung County, like all counties in New York, faces very serious fiscal impacts from COVID-19 and the “New York Pause” program created to respond to the virus. Local officials in Chemung County, including Chemung County Treasurer ...

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13 Apr
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How to participate in and listen to legislature meetings

Like all entities, the Chemung County Legislature has been forced to adapt its practices to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the social distancing measures currently in place. Under ordinary circumstances, New York’s Open Meetings Laws (OML) requires elected ...

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10 Apr
11

Proposed local resolution at odds with state, national cooperation efforts

At a special meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee this upcoming Monday evening, the Chemung County Legislature will consider a resolution opposing an Executive Order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that requires hospitals and other medical facilities ...

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02 Apr
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Updated COVID-19 information for Chemung County residents

As a disclaimer, my name is Christina Sonsire. I am the author of the Chemung County Matters blog, an information-sharing site I created in December 2017. The information in this post is true to the best of my knowledge and ...

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21 Mar
6

Information for Chemung County residents regarding the Legislature, CCIDA and disaster relief for businesses

I imagine that when all of this passes, Webster’s Dictionary will have a new “Word of the Year” that none of us have heard because it does not yet exist within our lexicon. Crazy, unbelievable, incredible, overwhelming – none of ...

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26 Feb
7

It’s time for substantive work within the Chemung County Legislature

I decided to run for the Chemung County Legislature in order to use my background and experience to try to make a difference for our community. Running in 2018 when many great economic development projects were beginning to take shape ...

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28 Jan
7

Community discussion of the Nursing Facility needs to start now

The Chemung County Skilled Nursing Facility, located in downtown Elmira, is a healthcare facility owned and operated by Chemung County that provides long-term, inpatient, skilled nursing services to residents who have chronic, debilitating illnesses or require inpatient rehabilitation services. With ...

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