Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

09 Feb
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$48,000 for a consultant. Where does the money come from?

On February 8, 2021, Chemung County’s Legislature voted 11-3 — with Legislators Mark Margeson, Bill McCarthy and myself voting no — to form a committee comprised only of sitting legislators to study legislative redistricting following the 2020 census as well ...

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08 Feb
1

Redistricting, Efficiency & the Legislative Agenda: an overview

Three Resolutions that will come before the Chemung County Legislature tonight have garnered a great deal of attention. The purpose of this post is to provide a factual overview of them, explain the opinions I have formed to this point, ...

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10 Nov
2

Chemung County’s 2021 budget process is underway

Chemung County Executive Chris Moss released his proposed budget for 2021 on November 9th, kicking off a busy month for all county officials. The purpose of this post is to inform the public about the schedule and budget content that ...

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08 Sep
0

In-person attendance again permitted at Chemung County Legislature meetings

Since March, members of the public have not been permitted to attend meetings of the Chemung County Legislature pursuant to a New York State Executive Order that allows municipal governments to meet remotely without public attendance in order to slow ...

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19 Aug
1

Q&A with County Executive Chris Moss regarding COVID

Throughout the past few weeks numerous questions have been asked on several social media platforms and through email about Chemung County’s response to COVID-19 and the specific acts that are being undertaken by our local government. Today County Executive Chris ...

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27 Jul
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UPDATE: Economic predictions for Chemung County & a proposal for live-streaming meetings

While there are a host of serious issues facing Chemung County right now, two require special attention. First, the economic predictions for Chemung County brought on by COVID-19 are dire and will necessitate some very hard decisions when local officials ...

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06 Jul
0

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
1

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
1

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
1

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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