Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

21 May
17

Five cent fee for paper bags makes sense

Last month New York State enacted a law that prevents retailers from using most types of single-use plastic bags beginning on March 1, 2020. The purpose of the law, which permits plastic bags to still be used for things like ...

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08 May
2

Recap of Monday’s Budget Committee Meeting

The Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee met on Monday night in what turned out to be an extremely informative meeting that touched on a number of important issues. Even though the committee is only comprised of seven members (Chairperson Dave ...

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04 May
0

Response to Legislator Margeson

I saw a post by Legislator Mark Margeson pop up on social media earlier this week. I did not respond in any way because, as I have said repeatedly, it is time for Chemung County leaders to starting focusing on ...

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26 Apr
6

Recreational marijuana in Chemung County?

The question of whether to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use is being carefully considered by the New York Legislature right now. Although the matter was not included in the 2019 State Budget, it is possible legislation will be introduced ...

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25 Apr
14

Update on relations between the Legislature and the County Executive

It is unfortunate – unbelievable, actually – that another post on the state of relations between the Legislature and County Executive is necessary. Despite pending litigation regarding the Legislative Attorney position, I have been feeling really good about what is ...

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11 Apr
2

Chemung County Update: the Opioid Crisis, Town Hall meeting, IDA audits, the Nursing Facility and the Legislative Attorney

The feverish pace of business for Chemung County government that started in January has not shown signs of letting up yet – something that is good for everyone who lives in or cares about our community.  The Opioid Crisis As ...

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25 Mar
3

Recap of the March 25th Standing Committee meetings

Tonight the Chemung County Legislature held its monthly Standing Committee meetings. Unfortunately, the WiFi connection for the livestream I provide during the meetings was lost just minutes after they began – something I did not realize until the meetings ended. ...

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19 Mar
8

Update: City-Council Relations, IDA projects, New Visions partnership, Town Hall schedule, and the Legislative Attorney

A lot of great things are afoot in Chemung County right now despite the unfortunate dispute between the County Executive and Legislature. The new building on Water Street, featured above, is nearing completion, construction is well under way on Lake ...

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14 Mar
3

A brief overview of where things stand with the Legislative Attorney

I published a blog post two days ago about the Legislative Attorney position, found here, that concluded by stating, “[h]opefully this is the last post I will have to make on this issue, and we can all get back to ...

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12 Mar
11

Update regarding the Legislative Attorney

Anyone following Chemung County government over the past few weeks is aware that an unfortunate impasse arose between the Legislative and Executive branches concerning the Legislature’s power to appoint an attorney to handle matters such as researching and drafting resolutions, ...

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