Category Archives: Open Government

19 Mar
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Update: City-Council Relations, IDA projects, New Visions partnership, Town Hall schedule, and the Legislative Attorney

A lot of great things are afoot in Chemung County right now despite the unfortunate dispute between the County Executive and Legislature. The new building on Water Street, featured above, is nearing completion, construction is well under way on Lake ...

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14 Mar
3

A brief overview of where things stand with the Legislative Attorney

I published a blog post two days ago about the Legislative Attorney position, found here, that concluded by stating, “[h]opefully this is the last post I will have to make on this issue, and we can all get back to ...

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12 Mar
11

Update regarding the Legislative Attorney

Anyone following Chemung County government over the past few weeks is aware that an unfortunate impasse arose between the Legislative and Executive branches concerning the Legislature’s power to appoint an attorney to handle matters such as researching and drafting resolutions, ...

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04 Mar
14

Budget Committee postpones vote on litigation

Tonight the Chemung County Budget Committee considered a measure to allow Ray Schlather, a very well respected litigator with vast municipal law experience, to represent the Legislature for free in a proceeding involving an attempt by County Executive Chris Moss ...

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28 Feb
5

Attempted firing of the Attorney for the Chemung County Legislature: an overview

At the onset it is important to note that I, and I believe many other members of the Legislature, have no interest in engaging in a dispute like this. Chemung County is facing many serious problems that demand our attention. ...

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24 Feb
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Chemung County Update: City-County Committee, Separation of Powers and IDA reviews

As Chemung County government continues to move ahead with many changes at a rapid pace, it is bound to encounter some bumps. The hope is that these bumps are mild and ultimately push us in an even better direction with ...

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09 Feb
0

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
27

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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28 Jan
2

The 2019 Winter NYSAC Conference

The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) is holding its Winter Conference from January 28-30 in Albany where more than 800 legislators, county executives and administrators, legislative clerks and attorneys and other county personnel will gather to share best ...

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15 Jan
1

Appointments and salaries approved

On Monday night the Chemung County Legislature approved all of the appointments made by Legislative Chairperson Dave Manchester and County Executive Moss to various boards, committees and employment positions. I livestreamed the Special Personnel Committee meeting as well as the ...

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