Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

08 Dec
1

Proposed Local Law to prohibit private discussions of public business

Three members of the Chemung County Legislators – Bill McCarthy, Bob Briggs, and I – submitted a law to the legislative chairperson that would prohibit the private discussion of public business when a quorum (majority) of the Chemung County Legislature ...

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03 Dec
4

Transparency in the Chemung County Legislature? We can do much better.

If Webster’s Dictionary had identified a “Word of the Year” for Chemung County in 2018, it undoubtedly would have been “transparency.” With contested races for county executive and nearly all legislative seats, many candidates sought to distinguish themselves by talking ...

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25 Nov
2

Update on the budget process

We are in the middle of the budget process in Chemung County. County Executive Moss provided his proposed budget to the Legislature on November 12th. A copy of the budget is embedded below and can be found here. The Legislature ...

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12 Nov
0

Proposed Chemung County Budget released

This morning Chemung County Executive Chris Moss released a copy of his proposed budget for 2020. The Chemung County Legislature will hold its first budget workshop tonight (November 12th) immediately following the Legislature’s November meeting. A copy of the proposed ...

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09 Nov
0

Drag Queen Story Time: a brief update

In a blog post published in this forum on November 6th, I shared the Library District’s 2019 budget. It is embedded again below for your review. Today Chemung County Executive Moss sent information to the Legislature that shows the county ...

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08 Nov
1

2020 Budget Process Underway

This morning County Executive Chris Moss gave a presentation to local government officials, business leaders and the media highlighting certain aspects of his proposed 2020 budget. Moss’ presentation kicked off the budget season in Chemung County, an important undertaking that ...

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06 Nov
10

Drag Queen Story Time – Why the Issue Matters so Much

At the conclusion of the Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee meeting on Monday, Legislator Joe Brennan raised concern over programming at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira. Specifically, Brennan urged the Legislature to take action against the Chemung County Library ...

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16 Oct
0

Legislature passes important measures to help veterans & municipalities, promote safety and provide additional fiscal oversight.

The Chemung County Legislature passed four important resolutions when it met on October 16, 2019. Notably, all four of these resolutions were initiated by the Legislature, a healthy step toward making this branch a more proactive partner in local government. ...

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01 Oct
3

Judge dismisses both lawsuits filed by Chemung County Executive Moss against Legislature

Late in the day on Monday, September 30, 2019, Judge Eugene Faughnan, a 6th Judicial District Supreme Court Judge from Binghamton, issued a 19 page decision in which he dismissed both lawsuits filed by County Executive Moss and County Attorney ...

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11 Sep
2

Major costs looming to improve the Chemung County Sewer Districts

The Chemung County Legislature has been advised that major infrastructure upgrades – totaling anywhere from $80 to $100 million dollars – are necessary to provide basic maintenance to our Sewer Districts’ facilities and bring them into compliance with pollution reduction ...

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