Category Archives: Open Government

18 May
2

AMERICAN STIMULUS PLAN TO PROVIDE $16 MILLION TO CHEMUNG COUNTY

The American Stimulus Plan, passed earlier this year by the United States Federal Government, will provide $16 million in funds to Chemung County to address local impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and help energize our local economy. The New York ...

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09 Feb
1

$48,000 for a consultant. Where does the money come from?

On February 8, 2021, Chemung County’s Legislature voted 11-3 — with Legislators Mark Margeson, Bill McCarthy and myself voting no — to form a committee comprised only of sitting legislators to study legislative redistricting following the 2020 census as well ...

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08 Feb
1

Redistricting, Efficiency & the Legislative Agenda: an overview

Three Resolutions that will come before the Chemung County Legislature tonight have garnered a great deal of attention. The purpose of this post is to provide a factual overview of them, explain the opinions I have formed to this point, ...

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08 Sep
0

In-person attendance again permitted at Chemung County Legislature meetings

Since March, members of the public have not been permitted to attend meetings of the Chemung County Legislature pursuant to a New York State Executive Order that allows municipal governments to meet remotely without public attendance in order to slow ...

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19 Aug
1

Q&A with County Executive Chris Moss regarding COVID

Throughout the past few weeks numerous questions have been asked on several social media platforms and through email about Chemung County’s response to COVID-19 and the specific acts that are being undertaken by our local government. Today County Executive Chris ...

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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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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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07 Aug
2

More from the City-County Committee, including its termination by County Executive Moss

On August 6th the City-County Committee presented its report and recommendations to a large crowd at Mandeville Hall. Fresh off the excitement from last night’s event, I wrote a Facebook post just after waking up this morning: However, while writing ...

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