Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

09 Nov
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Chemung County introduces and the Town of Elmira finalizes 2019 budgets

Yesterday Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli invited the media, sitting legislators and the public to a presentation where he unveiled the county’s proposed 2019 budget. The proposed budget can be found here. In general, the budget and accompanying letter from ...

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05 Nov
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IMPORTANT: Money available to Chemung County homeowners impacted by summer flood

Chemung County residents who suffered damage to their homes due to flooding that occurred from August 13-15 are eligible for grants worth up to $50,000. According to a US News and World Report article published on Saturday, the grant money comes ...

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26 Oct
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The race for legislator in the 7th District

The purpose of this blog is to promote a discussion of issues affecting Chemung County. With November 6th fast approaching, and an unprecedented number of people running for local office, the elections themselves are relevant to that discussion right now. ...

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21 Oct
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Op-Ed submissions offer contrasting visions of our community’s future

Today’s Star Gazette featured two starkly different visions of Chemung County’s future. Unfortunately, the Star Gazette recently stopped publishing its Opinion page online, meaning that many residents have not had a chance to read them. One piece, co-authored by me ...

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19 Oct
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Negative campaigning hurts the community

2018 has been a great year for Chemung County.  With an unprecedented number of candidates running for local office, a much needed examination of how our government functions is underway. It has encouraged many serious discussions about who we are ...

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12 Oct
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Revised Tax Plan Raises More Questions

The following was post was submitted to the Star Gazette as a Your Turn editorial on October 12, 2018 by me (Christina Sonsire) and Tony Pucci, candidates for Chemung County Legislature. On October 9th, we attended a meeting of the ...

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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
20

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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