Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

04 Apr
4

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
4

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
3

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
1

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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21 Feb
2

Krusen Responds to Call for Reduced Salary.

Two weeks ago Tony Pucci, a member of the Veteran Zoning Board who retired after teaching English at Notre Dame High School for forty years, wrote an Op-Ed to the Star Gazette, critiquing the level of compensation paid to Chemung ...

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17 Feb
2

Opioid Class-Action Lawsuit: It’s Time for Chemung County to Join

There is no question our nation is facing an epidemic. Opioid addiction and associated heroin use is widespread – and our community is unfortunately not immune. In fact, a recent study by Rochester-based Common Ground Health suggests Chemung County has ...

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03 Feb
2

COOPERATION IS CRUCIAL FOR SOLVING ELMIRA’S FISCAL CRISIS

This post also appears on the Star Gazette’s website (link here), and will be published in the Star Gazette newspaper on February 4, 2018. The City of Elmira is undoubtedly facing a fiscal crisis. Forced to either impose a 17 ...

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31 Jan
5

County and City Officials Reach Different Conclusions Regarding Sales Tax Redistribution.

The impact of Chemung County’s 2013 decision to redirect sales tax revenue from the City of Elmira and other municipalities into its own coffers is proving to be an integral part of the discussion of how to address the City’s ...

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01 Jan
6

Key Fiscal Issues in Chemung County to Watch in 2018.

2018 is poised to be an important year for Chemung County. As the Finger Lakes region continues to develop, Chemung County has the potential for significant gains – but only if we openly acknowledge the unique obstacles we face and ...

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27 Dec
1

GUEST BLOG: Former Chemung County Legislator Andy Patros Stresses the Increased Need for an Independent Legislature.

This is a guest blog post. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the blog’s author. Members of the community are encouraged to submit guest blog posts in order to help identify issues and discover solutions to matters ...

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