Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

04 May
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“Distortion of Facts” has already become a tired campaign soundbite

Once again, a Chemung County official has accused a local candidate of distorting facts for political gain. In an article published online today by the Star Gazette, Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen criticized Sheriff Chris Moss, one of Krusen’s opponents in ...

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29 Apr
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GUEST BLOG: Tony Pucci responds to miscarriages of fact by Chemung County Treasurer Joe Sartori

Tony Pucci is a resident of the Town of Veteran and a candidate for Chemung County Legislature in the 1st District. He recently retired after teaching English at Notre Dame High School for forty years, and has served on Veteran’s ...

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19 Apr
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Many different takes on the “Council of Governments”

Throughout the past two weeks, a number of community leaders along with candidates for local office have weighed in on Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli’s recent proposal to create a Council of Governments (COG.) Dubbed the “Municipal Fiscal Transparency and ...

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14 Apr
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“Every Number has a Story” provides insights into Elmira’s unique financial situation

In 2010, John Burin was well into his tenure as Manager for the City of Elmira. Asked to provide Chemung County with fiscal data, Burin created a document entitled “Every Number has a Story“, found here. Although many things have ...

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14 Apr
7

Chemung County Plan misses the mark

Below is an Op-Ed I wrote that will be published in the Star Gazette on April 15, 2018. It can be found online here. At the Chemung County Legislature’s meeting last Monday, County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive ...

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10 Apr
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Chemung County Officials Propose Cooperation, but with a Catch

The Chemung County Legislature’s meeting on April 9, 2018, was far from mundane. What appeared on the face of the agenda to be a typical meeting of the full legislature, where most issues have been ironed out in committees ahead ...

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04 Apr
3

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHEMUNG COUNTY LEGISLATURE.

Without question, 2018 is shaping up to be a historical year in Chemung County. With more than thirty people running for seats in the legislature, and four candidates for county executive, our community will have a unique opportunity to fully ...

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16 Mar
2

CHEMUNG COUNTY RESPONDS TO ELMIRA’S FISCAL CRISIS BY PROMOTING FURTHER DIVISION

On Thursday Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen released a statement through the county’s website, blaming Elmira’s fiscal crisis on a “failure of leadership on the part of the Mayor and City Council.” This is ...

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08 Mar
2

Economic Issues Spur Interest in Local Government

The political climate in Chemung County is very interesting right now. At last count nearly 30 people have either announced their candidacy for Chemung County Legislature or are giving it very serious consideration, and there are at least three – ...

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24 Feb
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Tough questions ahead of Chemung County’s Annual Economic Forum

The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 25th Annual Economic Forum this Wednesday, February 28th at the Holiday Inn Riverview beginning at 7:30 AM. The event is open to the public, and registration can be made here. The 2018 ...

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