Category Archives: Uncategorized

13 Jun
5

First Arena: an update

In addition to serving as a Legislator for Chemung County’s 7th District, I am the secretary of the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency. In order to clarify and explain the state of affairs at Elmira’s First Arena, we offered this ...

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08 May
2

Recap of Monday’s Budget Committee Meeting

The Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee met on Monday night in what turned out to be an extremely informative meeting that touched on a number of important issues. Even though the committee is only comprised of seven members (Chairperson Dave ...

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04 May
0

Response to Legislator Margeson

I saw a post by Legislator Mark Margeson pop up on social media earlier this week. I did not respond in any way because, as I have said repeatedly, it is time for Chemung County leaders to starting focusing on ...

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11 Apr
2

Chemung County Update: the Opioid Crisis, Town Hall meeting, IDA audits, the Nursing Facility and the Legislative Attorney

The feverish pace of business for Chemung County government that started in January has not shown signs of letting up yet – something that is good for everyone who lives in or cares about our community.  The Opioid Crisis As ...

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19 Oct
1

Negative campaigning hurts the community

2018 has been a great year for Chemung County.  With an unprecedented number of candidates running for local office, a much needed examination of how our government functions is underway. It has encouraged many serious discussions about who we are ...

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27 Sep
9

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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05 Jun
0

Chemung County’s Legislature can help address contamination issue on Elmira’s Southside

Most people connected to Chemung County are aware there is a serious contamination issue on the grounds of Elmira High School and potentially in the school’s surrounding neighborhoods as well. First identified more than 25 years ago, the problem remains ...

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16 Mar
3

CHEMUNG COUNTY RESPONDS TO ELMIRA’S FISCAL CRISIS BY PROMOTING FURTHER DIVISION

On Thursday Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen released a statement through the county’s website, blaming Elmira’s fiscal crisis on a “failure of leadership on the part of the Mayor and City Council.” This is ...

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21 Feb
2

Krusen Responds to Call for Reduced Salary.

Two weeks ago Tony Pucci, a member of the Veteran Zoning Board who retired after teaching English at Notre Dame High School for forty years, wrote an Op-Ed to the Star Gazette, critiquing the level of compensation paid to Chemung ...

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17 Feb
2

Opioid Class-Action Lawsuit: It’s Time for Chemung County to Join

There is no question our nation is facing an epidemic. Opioid addiction and associated heroin use is widespread – and our community is unfortunately not immune. In fact, a recent study by Rochester-based Common Ground Health suggests Chemung County has ...

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