Category Archives: City of Elmira

09 Feb
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Fast pace of change continues in Chemung County

“How are things going so far?” Roughly six weeks after many new Chemung County officials were sworn in, this is a question I am asked frequently. The short answer is this: Chemung County is moving in the right direction. I ...

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28 Jan
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Updates from the NYSAC Conference

The 2019 NYSAC Conference got underway today with significant representation from Chemung County. The goal of the conference seems to be twofold: the education of community leaders along with advocacy by NYSAC on issues with particular consequences to local government. ...

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11 Jan
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Chemung County update: Appointments, the IDA, City-County relations and the West Elmira Fire Department

It has been a very busy start for Chemung County’s new Executive and Legislature. With votes on numerous department-head positions and committees set to take place this Monday, there are many important issues facing our community. In addition, an unfortunate ...

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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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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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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
1

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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24 Sep
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Former City Manager and candidate for 9th District Legislator John Burin weighs in on sales tax issue

Below is a very thorough letter written by John Burin, a former City of Elmira Manager and current candidate for Chemung County Legislator in the 9th District, to every sitting member of the legislature. According to his website, Burin sent ...

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18 Sep
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A discussion of the issues on the “Frankly Speaking” radio show.

I appeared on the “Frankly Speaking” show, a program hosted by local radio personality Frank Acomb, on September 18th for the third time this year. We had a chance to talk about many of the issues facing our community, along ...

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