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  • Chemung County Executive Race: Chris Moss (R) 55% Jerome Emanuel (Dem) 29% Krusen (I) 16%
  • 1st District: Pastrick (R) 57% Pucci (Dem) 43%
  • 2nd District: Manchester (R) 69% Saglibene (Con) 30%
  • 3rd District: Sweet (R) 53% Lynch (Dem) 40%
  • 4th District: Brennan (R) 64% Bond (Dem) 35%
  • 5th District: Margeson (R) 64% Stow (Dem) 20% Miller 15% (I)
  • 7th District: Sonsire (Dem) 63% Milliken (R) 36%
  • 8th District: Woodard (R) 58% Callas (Dem) 41%
  • 9th District: Burin (R) 74% Fairchild (I) 25%
  • 12th District: McCarthy (Dem) 50% Collins (R) 45%
  • 13th District: Drake (R) 65% Logan-Lattimore (Dem) 34%
  • 14th District: Smith (R) 68% Heyward (Dem) 31%

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  2. I didn’t think you were implying that I was…. But even not classifying myself as such – I find myself more and more supporting their right to choose (even if I think their underlying premises are complete malarkey), and being less convinced that they are harming anyone outside their own family with those choices (based in delusion or not). And, in addition to flu/chicken pox etc….. we haven’t even touched on states that were/are trying to mandate HPV vaccines for fifth graders.
  3. No, I don't think you'd fall under that category. I certainly didn't mean to imply that ( if that's how it read ). Up until recently, I've never gotten the flu vaccine. Even under threat of being suspended ( during the last H1N1 scare, 2008 or 2009 I think ) I refused. Largely because I'd already had it that year, but also because I didn't like being told to do so "or else". Until Gov. Patterson backed down. Now I get it because I drive a petri dish on wheels, but because I seem to have trouble with upper respiratory infections and getting rid of them. But yeah, for minor illnesses, I agree it should be up to the individual. So long as they stay the hell home when they're sick.
  4. That slippery slope is what concerns me. I don't feel like an anti-vaxxer. I don't buy into the autism BS and I voluntarily (and happily) protected my children against what I believed to be dangerous diseases. But we have gotten to where vaccines are becoming mandatory for things (like chicken pox, and in some places, flu and pneumonia) that are only a real threat to a very small segment of the population. I believe people should be free to weigh the potential risks/benefits of those things for themselves. I personally had a severe reaction to a routine flu shot, and do not wish to be forced to ever take that risk again. And allowing me the choice not to vaccinate against typically non life-threatening diseases does not harm those who do choose to vaccinate.
  5. I get what you're saying. I recall taking our son to Strong, terrified at what the diagnosis could be. And thankfully wasn't. I'm firmly against the anti-vax fad. And that's all it is as far as I'm concerned. ( Though it has spawned some awesome memes. ) Having said that, this does feel like government over reach, and what worried me is the slippery slope it could send us down in the future.
  6. I don’t have mixed feelings. I think it is over-reaching and useless. I am glad my children made it through school before they became mandatory victims of most of this nonsense. The more I see government require drugs pushed out by the trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry for more and more illnesses (that are rarely life threatening), the more I lean toward supporting the “anti-vaxxer” movement (or at least the movement that believes they should be voluntary). The only people “endangered” by unvaccinated children are them…and others who are unvaccinated. And I do understand that measles, chicken pox and even influenza can be dangerous to a small “vulnerable” population that cannot be vaccinated. Having been a parent of a cancer-stricken toddler…..I think I can speak more intimately on that topic than most. The five days stint she spent with a fever of 102° (that took us to Strong ER twice and showed white cell counts that were terrifying) was the most chilling week of my entire life. Trust me.... I have a crystal clear understanding of what “vulnerable” means. As a parent with an extremely vulnerable 3-year old, we did what we could to keep her safe. Her father and sister had flu shots and I took prophylactic anti-viral meds because I’d had a severe reaction to an earlier flu shot. We had all (including the little patient) already had chicken pox in the past and were vaccinated against measles. But you see….we also understood that ‘vaccinatable’ diseases were not the only threat that could kill her. Any flu strain outside what was “guessed” to be the most likely for 1997 could still kill her. So could one of us being exposed to mono nucleuses or any common cold, pink eye, or any number of other ‘un-vaccinatable’ germs….like whatever cold-like probably-viral illness that she did encounter. The only way to protect such a vulnerable individual is extreme diligence and as much isolation from the germ-ridden general population as possible. Cuomo ensuring that “vulnerable” kids like mine are sent to school confident in the knowledge that all the other kids are vaccinated against chicken pox and measles provides nothing more than a false sense of security for those parents, a nice PR announcement for him and a bigger profit for big pharma.
  7. Joel Stephens

    I never knew him, but I wish I did. I have to tell ya guys, going through the articles about him was hard. I kept thinking, "This guy was the real deal." and how absolutely unfair the hand that he was dealt was. We need more people like Joel Stephens.
  8. Joel Stephens

    He was my friend and i stilldraw inspiration from him to this day.....the last time i saw him was at that mass at St Charles. it was my nieces confirmation mass and when i spoke to him after...he told me in no unncertain termsthat he would be playing for Syracuse the followingseason. but in typical fashion he was more intersted in my life than tellingme about his own! His grandfather Emmitt was agood friend aswell!!
  9. Joel Stephens

    10/1/98 10/2/98 10/3/98 8/14/2010
  10. Joel Stephens

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1/18/98 1/19/98 1/18/98 Baltimore Sun, 2/26/98
  11. Joel Stephens

    Joel Stephens, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, was an All-American in both football and baseball. In football Stephens rushed 4,715 career yards, which ranked fifth all-time in New York state at the time of his death. He was referred to as “the second coming of Ernie Davis” by Notre Dame Coach Mike D’Aloisio in an article for The Baltimore Sun, and was offered a football scholarship to Syracuse University. However Stephens chose baseball for a career path. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth round of the 1995 June draft, playing in the Orioles farm system, batting .224 for the Delmarva Shorebirds before his battle with colon cancer began. Despite a courageous battle, Stephens died on September 30, 1998. He was only 22 years old. 8/28/94 11/17/94 Baltimore Sun 3/30/98 12/23/97
  12. First Arena

    Curiosity made me visit the Elmira Enforcers FB page this morning. I almost yakked up my coffee at some of the delusional adoring fans' comments. Nichols's response when someone suggested it should be sold to someone that can make money was beyond infuriating: Sure money is no object as long as it's coming out of someone else's pocket. It took all my self control not to blast this arrogant POS. It sure seemed to matter to him when he whined at the Legislature meeting about how he wants to be paid back for what came out of his pocket.
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  14. First Arena

    So,what does a new roof cost? I need to know how much money I need to save for my share. /sarcasm/
  15. First Arena

    At this point I'd rather see that and new businesses flourish than a dead, skelotonized horse beaten to dust.
  16. First Arena

    I get that part. A lot of people (especially public officials) seem to be stuck in the mentality that it's "too big to fail" so taxpayers need to fund it. But I believe we are in the vast majority that has had enough of this. I am glad that the IDA is growing a spine and resisting unfounded expenditures on top of the $100k we already paid toward Nichols's NYSEG bill. They need to hold their ground and force the tenant to abide by the lease or vacate. A free parking lot would bring more people to the city....and net more money than continuing to maintain the Arena.
  17. First Arena

    What I mean is, none of this should ever have been foisted on the taxpayers in the first place, but they have. So I'm sure to some the mentality is, "Well, they've paid for it this long..." I know what you meant Chris , there is that old keyboard failure at tones , inflections etc . . I see this attempt at reimbursement as a play at “ past practice “ ( well , they’ve paid for it this long ) otherwise known in “ good ole’ boy “ terms as “ well ya know “ ! But I need not tell you this as you have been to enough of our Town Board meetings in the past . And I agree , there is only a small percentage of area residents that push ( and it’s all uphill push at best ) to keep Hockey at the Arena and how many of them have skin in the game . Also rent on a facility like that $125.00 a month ? I would like to know the actual income vs expenditures not casting aspersions on the tenant but a portion of the gate , concessions and other gegaws I’m sure is no small amount and should have been used as ... yes , cost of doing buisness .
  18. First Arena

    The way I read it, the Ice Plant reimbursement in 5.02 "shall be in accordance with this Section and Exhibit C attached hereto"....which seems to say they should have received approval and submitted an invoice to be paid directly to the vendor by CCIDA (and I would think would require a couple of estimates as CBS noted in her blog....otherwise, there is no way to know if the $45k for that is a fair price). Hell...as a state employee we cannot buy basic office supplies without providing 3 estimates if we are not purchasing from a vendor with a pre-approved contact price for the goods or service. That's how accountability is supposed to work when you are spending taxpayers' money. If it is not proven to be a valid expenditure beforehand, it is invalid. Of course, that is up to interpretation by legal counsel. I'm no lawyer, but I'd like to think I'm pretty fluent in the English Language...Repairs would be questioned even in the correct process, but not following the correct estimate/approval process should disqualify all expenses, the way it reads (in English). I can't imagine any "real" landlord happily re-paying a tenant for painting, steam cleaning their apartment at whatever cost they decide without getting the property owner's approval....especially if the lease explicitly said I will reimburse you for such things if they are "previously approved in writing".
  19. First Arena

    What I mean is, none of this should ever have been foisted on the taxpayers in the first place, but they have. So I'm sure to some the mentality is, "Well, they've paid for it this long..." I hadn't read the actual contract earlier, but now looking at it you're right, work had to be previously agreed upon by the CCIDA. However if I'm reading it right, they DO have to pay for the ice plant repair.
  20. First Arena

    There is no "ya know" about it. None of these expenditures should be reimbursed. Period. The lease clearly states that any expenses are required to be previously approved in writing by the Landlord** in order to be reimbursable. Receipts? Nope....too late. Paying the tenant back for expenses they incurred far outside the conditions of the lease is not an option and if CCIDA’s legal counsel recommends it, they should be disbarred. Exhibit C states that (when previously approved in writing by the Landlord), invoices are to be paid by the Landlord directly to the vendor. Furthermore, CBS indicated that CCIDA asked for at least two estimates for Capital Improvements before they would approve them. Multiple estimates are a fundamental internal control for any business. We have no way of knowing that any of these expenses were appropriate for the service/work….even if they may have been considered to qualify for reimbursement under a proper submission for prior approval. ** These exact words "previously approved in writing by the Landlord" appear several times and were italicized for emphasis in the Lease agreement. One would think such emphasis would indicate that taxpayers should expect this to be adhered to.
  21. Gardening Thread 2019

    Nope , not gonna look twice at the gardening this year ... hell , I don’t really have the time or won’t have these , Apple trees are freaking loaded ! And then there are the bee’s ! One ride around Seneca lake and we will have all the fresh vegetables we can use .
  22. Gardening Thread 2019

    I'll have lots of spare time in a couple weeks so I'm being an optimist. Or just stupid
  23. First Arena

    Some of these repairs should not be up to the taxpayers to pay for. ( Well, ideally NONE of this should be coming out of tax monies, but ya know... ) Things like hockey nets are, in my opinion, the cost of doing business. And for items 15-20 there's no cost noted. Is that part of the $140k? What is "Sponsor sitiuation"? And 30 televisions replaced? Thirty?!?! What the hell for? Seems to me the only people who want the county to pay this and stop answering questions are either the few hard core hockey fans that want to make sure they have games to attend next season or the team management/ staff. There needs to be receipts produced to the penny before any checks get cut.
  24. Gardening Thread 2019

    Cold and wet makes for terrible gardening, and farming. Tell me again why a slightly warmer Earth, and the observed greening of deserts and expansion of farming areas, is bad thing? To me, slightly cooler is terrifying.
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