Category Archives: Uncategorized

19 Oct
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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
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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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05 Jun
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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
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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
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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
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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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03 Feb
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COOPERATION IS CRUCIAL FOR SOLVING ELMIRA’S FISCAL CRISIS

This post also appears on the Star Gazette’s website (link here), and will be published in the Star Gazette newspaper on February 4, 2018. The City of Elmira is undoubtedly facing a fiscal crisis. Forced to either impose a 17 ...

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31 Jan
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County and City Officials Reach Different Conclusions Regarding Sales Tax Redistribution.

The impact of Chemung County’s 2013 decision to redirect sales tax revenue from the City of Elmira and other municipalities into its own coffers is proving to be an integral part of the discussion of how to address the City’s ...

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01 Jan
4

Key Fiscal Issues in Chemung County to Watch in 2018.

2018 is poised to be an important year for Chemung County. As the Finger Lakes region continues to develop, Chemung County has the potential for significant gains – but only if we openly acknowledge the unique obstacles we face and ...

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27 Dec
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GUEST BLOG: Former Chemung County Legislator Andy Patros Stresses the Increased Need for an Independent Legislature.

This is a guest blog post. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the blog’s author. Members of the community are encouraged to submit guest blog posts in order to help identify issues and discover solutions to matters ...

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