Author Archives: Christina Sonsire

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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20 Dec
2

GUEST BLOG: Elmira City Councilmember Jim Waters Shares a Statement from the “Committee for Elmira.”

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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19 Dec
2

Current and Former Leaders Urge Cooperation in Dealing with Elmira’s Fiscal Problems.

Today the Star Gazette published an article (link here) about a group of current and former Elmira and Chemung County leaders who are working together to address Elmira’s dire fiscal health and bring that information to the public. The group’s members ...

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17 Dec
0

GUEST BLOG: Anthony Pucci Presses County Government for Open Dialogue.

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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16 Dec
0

Treasurer Responds to Calls for a Discussion of Chemung County’s Fiscal Health.

Another elected Chemung County official (Treasurer Joe Sartori) has offered comments about an Op-Ed I wrote last month, contending that both me and Anthony Pucci – a member of the Town of Veteran Zoning Board who retired after reaching English ...

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15 Dec
11

Elmira’s 17% Tax Hike Is Related to Chemung County’s 2013 Unilateral Decision to Redistribute Revenue

I was at City Hall this morning for the unveiling of Elmira’s 2018 Budget, a proposal that includes a 17% increase in property taxes in order to address a $2,500,000 budget shortfall. The fact that Elmira’s fiscal health is in ...

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15 Dec
0

Accountant Asks What Proactive Steps the County Is Taking to Avoid Budget Shortfalls.

In a letter published by the Elmira Star Gazette on December 8, 2017, Dustin Sramek — a resident of the Town of Elmira who is employed as an accountant at Kennedy Valve — questioned what the County is doing to ...

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15 Dec
0

Zoning Board Member responds to Leg. Milliken, Urging Local Leaders to Talk Openly about Chemung County’s Finances.

Anthony Pucci, a member of Veteran’s Zoning Board who recently retired after teaching English at Notre Dame High School for over 40 years, offered his thoughts about the way business is being is being conducted in Chemung County: In her “Your ...

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15 Dec
0

Legislator Responds to Calls for Discussions about Chemung County’s Fiscal Health.

Cornelius Milliken, Chemung County Legislator for the 7th District, replied to calls for open discussions about Chemung County’s fiscal health with this response published in the Star Gazette on November 30, 2017.  Please click the link above to read the ...

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