Category Archives: Chemung County

29 May
1

Confusion surrounds New York’s economic re-opening process

*Please note this is a developing issue. I wanted to get a post out as soon as possible to help provide some guidance about what is happening, but things may change rapidly. I will do my best to provide updates ...

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11 May
1

Starting to bring the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on Chemung County into focus

There is no question Chemung County, like all counties in New York, faces very serious fiscal impacts from COVID-19 and the “New York Pause” program created to respond to the virus. Local officials in Chemung County, including Chemung County Treasurer ...

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13 Apr
0

How to participate in and listen to legislature meetings

Like all entities, the Chemung County Legislature has been forced to adapt its practices to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the social distancing measures currently in place. Under ordinary circumstances, New York’s Open Meetings Laws (OML) requires elected ...

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26 Feb
7

It’s time for substantive work within the Chemung County Legislature

I decided to run for the Chemung County Legislature in order to use my background and experience to try to make a difference for our community. Running in 2018 when many great economic development projects were beginning to take shape ...

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28 Jan
7

Community discussion of the Nursing Facility needs to start now

The Chemung County Skilled Nursing Facility, located in downtown Elmira, is a healthcare facility owned and operated by Chemung County that provides long-term, inpatient, skilled nursing services to residents who have chronic, debilitating illnesses or require inpatient rehabilitation services. With ...

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03 Jan
0

Looking ahead to a new year in the Chemung County Legislature

2019 was an interesting year for Chemung County government. With new people serving in scores of critical roles – including County Executive, Deputy County Executive, County Treasurer, County Attorney, Legislative Attorney, Sheriff, Industrial Development Agency Director, IT Director, Aviation Director, ...

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08 Dec
1

Proposed Local Law to prohibit private discussions of public business

Three members of the Chemung County Legislators – Bill McCarthy, Bob Briggs, and I – submitted a law to the legislative chairperson that would prohibit the private discussion of public business when a quorum (majority) of the Chemung County Legislature ...

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03 Dec
4

Transparency in the Chemung County Legislature? We can do much better.

If Webster’s Dictionary had identified a “Word of the Year” for Chemung County in 2018, it undoubtedly would have been “transparency.” With contested races for county executive and nearly all legislative seats, many candidates sought to distinguish themselves by talking ...

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12 Nov
0

Proposed Chemung County Budget released

This morning Chemung County Executive Chris Moss released a copy of his proposed budget for 2020. The Chemung County Legislature will hold its first budget workshop tonight (November 12th) immediately following the Legislature’s November meeting. A copy of the proposed ...

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09 Nov
0

Drag Queen Story Time: a brief update

In a blog post published in this forum on November 6th, I shared the Library District’s 2019 budget. It is embedded again below for your review. Today Chemung County Executive Moss sent information to the Legislature that shows the county ...

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