Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

10 Oct
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GUEST BLOG: Former City Manager and current legislative candidate John Burin discusses new sales tax plan

The Chemung County Matters blog exists to help promote discussions about local issues. The views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own, but are rather shared here in order to provide information and hopefully stimulate ideas. Last ...

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04 Oct
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Town Hall recap

On October 3, 2018, over 60 people turned out for a Town Hall-style meeting I hosted at West Elmira’s community Center.

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27 Sep
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GUEST BLOG: City Councilman Jim Waters explores the idea of a countywide police department

The Chemung County Matters blog exists to help promote discussions about local issues. The views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily reflect my own, but are rather shared here in order to provide information and hopefully stimulate ideas. The ...

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27 Sep
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Town of Elmira not immune from fiscal problems

The question of whether sales tax revenue is allocated appropriately among Chemung County, the City of Elmira, and the county’s towns and villages has been discussed extensively over the past year. Widespread interest about this issue is primarily driven by ...

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24 Sep
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Former City Manager and candidate for 9th District Legislator John Burin weighs in on sales tax issue

Below is a very thorough letter written by John Burin, a former City of Elmira Manager and current candidate for Chemung County Legislator in the 9th District, to every sitting member of the legislature. According to his website, Burin sent ...

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18 Sep
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A discussion of the issues on the “Frankly Speaking” radio show.

I appeared on the “Frankly Speaking” show, a program hosted by local radio personality Frank Acomb, on September 18th for the third time this year. We had a chance to talk about many of the issues facing our community, along ...

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06 Sep
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Sales tax presentation leaves many questions unanswered

At a meeting of the Legislature’s Budget Committee on Tuesday night, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen presented a proposal to change the way sales tax revenue is shared among the county, the City of ...

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22 Aug
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*UPDATE: SALES TAX PRESENTATION ON SEPTEMBER 4th*

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy Executive Mike Krusen will present their proposal for a modification to the 2013 Financial Restructuring Plan, also called the “sales tax agreement”, to the Chemung County Budget Committee on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 ...

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03 Aug
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Broadband: Access Denied

The following post was written by Christina Sonsire, a candidate for Chemung County Legislature in the 7th District and administrator of the Chemung County Matters blog, and Tony Pucci, a candidate for Chemung County Legislature in the 1st District. —————————————————————————————————————————————– Photo: ...

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25 Jul
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Improving the City of Elmira must be our community’s top priority

I have spent the past two months knocking on doors across the Seventh Legislative District, comprised primarily of the Town of Elmira, allowing me to learn firsthand what my neighbors think about our community, and also hear their many interesting ...

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