Category Archives: Chemung County Economy

31 Dec
2

Looking ahead to 2019 in Chemung County

Last year on New Year’s Day I published a blog post entitled “Key Fiscal Issues in 2018”, found here. The issues – what to do with the First Arena, Sales Tax distribution, the fiscal health of Chemung County and the ...

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18 Dec
2

Southern Tier awarded funds for economic developmenti

The annual New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards were announced today in Albany. Of the $763 million in economic and community development funding allocated to 10 competing regions, the Southern Tier received $65.4 million to help nearly 100 ...

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11 Dec
9

Chemung County Legislature votes in favor of legislative pay raises

Last night the Chemung County Legislature passed a resolution by a vote of 10-5 to increase legislative salaries by 3%. Legislators Rick Madl, Marty Chalk, Bill Fairchild, Peggy Woodard and Paul Collins all voted against it. During the meeting’s public ...

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06 Dec
14

Chemung County Update: The role of STEG, legislative salaries and the new medical school

Note: Going forward I will provide updates about what is happening in Chemung County government every Thursday and will add other posts throughout the week as pressing issues arise. I am in the process of updating the Chemung County Matters ...

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20 Nov
10

Chemung County budget update

I took last week off to spend time with my family after the election and am working hard to get back up to speed on many things that have transpired since November 5th. I intend to keep this blog going ...

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09 Nov
0

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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21 Oct
5

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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12 Oct
7

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
0

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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