Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

14 Apr
2

“Every Number has a Story” provides insights into Elmira’s unique financial situation

In 2010, John Burin was well into his tenure as Manager for the City of Elmira. Asked to provide Chemung County with fiscal data, Burin created a document entitled “Every Number has a Story“, found here. Although many things have ...

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14 Apr
7

Chemung County Plan misses the mark

Below is an Op-Ed I wrote that will be published in the Star Gazette on April 15, 2018. It can be found online here. At the Chemung County Legislature’s meeting last Monday, County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive ...

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10 Apr
13

Chemung County Officials Propose Cooperation, but with a Catch

The Chemung County Legislature’s meeting on April 9, 2018, was far from mundane.

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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
3

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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