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Election Results
  • 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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  1. 5 points
    Fall has finally arrived on Wipjibber Mountain, which means the boys of Troop 000 are back up and running after time off for summer vacation. The scouts are just back from their first camping trip for the 2018-2019 season and I’m told it was one for the history books. In an effort to train for next Summer’s backpacking trip in the Allegheny Mountains, the scouts hiked from the Methodist Church to the property of their scoutmaster, Gary Inzo. It was fair weather for the 5 mile hike with an overnight stop in the woods near the old railway station. The following morning they arrived at Inzo’s property and set up camp. The older scouts instructed their younger charges in the ways of woodcraft including cooking a meal over an open fire. I’m happy to report no injuries other than an incident in which Lawrence Hubschmidt got smoke in his eyes and recoiled, sending his pan full of half done fried potatoes flying through the air. As his spuds returned to earth, some landing in a fresh mug of coffee, just poured, Lawrence lost his balance and went rolling down the hillside, his scoutmaster following closely behind him. Lawrence was uninjured, thankfully, largely in part to the strength of the adult leaders who restrained said scoutmaster until a fresh cup of joe could be poured for him. The adults later remarked it was a good thing Inzo forgot about the shotgun he’d brought in case of a visit by a nuisance bear that’d been having around his place. The scouts enjoyed a rousing game of “Flashlight Tag” in the wooded section of the property until the game took an interesting turn which will not be soon forgotten. Bobby Joe Olson, being designated as the person who was”it”, heard what he suspected to be another scout in a nearby thicket. He snuck up on the unsuspecting boy aided only by the moonlight. He was nearly on his quarry when he heard a low, deep snuffling sound. “B-B-B… BEAR!!!!” he bellowed, before stumbling over a tree root and falling backwards, losing his flashlight in the process. Scoutmaster Inzo, seeing the opportunity to finally be rid of the bear, remembered he'd brought his 12 gauge and, grabbing it, sprinted up the hill towards the sound of Bobby Joe’s yelling. Arriving where the boy was still thrashing in the dry leaves trying to get to his feet he took aim at the thrashing weeds where he knew the bear stood, and let fly with two rounds of buckshot. At the report of the old Remington, Bobby Joe snapped to his senses. He also snapped countless small trees and limbs as he bolted into the night towards camp. Certain the bruin was down, Inzo went to his tent, fetching a lantern and returned with the rest of the group. All were anxious to see the monster which nearly ate their fellow scout. All that is except said scout who was occupied cleaning up the mess in his shorts. Shining the lantern on his trophy, Inzo was immediately crestfallen to find not the bearskin rug he’d long desired, but Ollie, his grandson’s prize Hereford steer which until this weekend was bound for next year’s State Fair. The remainder of the weekend was a somber affair as scoutmaster searched for ways to break the news of the steer’s demise to his grandson. But all agreed it was a weekend they’d never forget. Community Announcements The Wipjibber Mountain Audubon Club will host a Pancake Breakfast at the fire department November 10th from 8-11 am. A free will donation is suggested. Scout Troop 000 announced they will be postponing their annual Fall Spaghetti Dinner. Instead, there will be an “all you can eat” roast beef dinner held in the dining hall of the Methodist Church on Nov. 17th from 4-7pm. Cost is $10 for those 12 and up, children $5. All proceeds will go towards the troops newly planned Summer trip to New York City.
  2. 3 points
    Without a doubt, we’re heading into some exciting times here in Chemung County. With the slate of candidates running for election this year, voters have the opportunity to enact change that could impact the county for decades to come. It’s exciting times for ElmiraTelegram.com as well. Not only has the site stepped forward to offer the chance for voters to voice their support for the candidates, but the opportunity for the candidates to reach out to the voters as well. Additionally, it’s a time of change for the website as a whole. Prompted by several people in our community and the void expressed by many, ElmiraTelegram.com will be making some major changes to the website in the next few weeks. Starting shortly after the election, ElmiraTelegram.com will be getting a major facelift, offering a more user friendly, professional looking website. Just a peek! The changes won’t be just cosmetic however. We’ll be making it easier for readers and community figures to make their voices heard with an expanded “Opinion” section, modeled off of the traditional op-ed pages found in newspapers across the nation. E.T will have a Special Features section appearing throughout the year including a section to celebrate the holidays. And for those who enjoy the laid back chat, the the forums will remain available to those who have signed up. Best of all, ElmiraTelegram.com will remain free to the public. No firewalls, no pop up, just news and information. This change has been something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and now feels like the right time to give it a whirl.The original plan was to make the changes to coincide with the site’s five year anniversary, but there’s no way I can wait that long. So stay tuned and sometime after Election Day we’ll pull back the covers and unveil the new and improved ElmiraTelegram.com. I think you’re gonna like it!
  3. 3 points
    Elmira will never be a vacation destination, there just isn't anything special enough for that. Even if it could offer something to become active as part of NYC's playground, those jobs basically suck. Sure there are a lot of jobs in the finger lakes, but many are seasonal, and virtually all are low wage. I heard Emanuel's comment about needing things to do as more along the lines of the old saw of Idle hands are the devil's playthings. And I agree with him. But, what type of things to do can be afforded by the current population which is causing the trouble? To me, the key to a vibrant city and downtown always has been, and always will be providing safety for visitors and residents. Except for a couple of waterholes, downtown is basically closed for business by early evening. There is no foot traffic, nor is there any reason for foot traffic. A catch 22 it seems. To break this circle, first people need to feel comfortable walking downtown. Have regular patrols with the goals of eliminating all sounds of gunshots from the area 24/7, set a goal of zero violent crime. Then they need to have a reason to go there. We have a some wonderful riverside parks, on both sides of the river. Imagine regular (at least weekly) free entertainment and food vendors in Riverside park on Market street. Encourage people to bring a picnic basket and relax, etc. Once foot traffic starts, businesses will follow. Get college students going there, and maybe some will stay here after graduating. There also needs to be a reason for people of higher income levels to want to live in or near downtown. Safety and things to do are key. What about the low income residents? Have a firm belief that a rising tide raises all boats, or at least those that are willing to be raised. I think Moss has shown the best appreciation for this strategy. I believe Krusen will just continue to go to his little affairs with the other elites and think things are hunky dory in his world.
  4. 3 points
    I haven’t read through the candidate profiles posted in the next section, but I have a few thoughts on the debate. Emanual truly does seem sincere, but a bit vague as Johnny noted. I think he'd have been better suited to begin his endeavor at public service on the school board, city council or legislature....and could work well in such a position. Krusen, came off as bitter and making a ridiculous effort to contradict himself by flopping between saying he’d have “fresh” ideas and agreeing with Emanual’s comments….then constantly repeating how he has the experience and has been “doing the job”. Moss did get but riled once or twice…but not to the level of Krusen. And I really liked his rebuttal about why is Krusen planning to “start” mending the relationship between county and city once he's elected…..after having decades to work on that. Jerome is correct that poverty creates a lot of undesirable effects, but Moss was spot on that public safety is the key to elevating the neighborhoods. Medical students and others with disposable income simply will not relocate to a dangerous neighborhood. Period. Emanual brought up another very good point about the area needing “destinations”. We can’t thrive on only local income. A certain portion of the local wages will always go elsewhere (vacations are income spent elsewhere, corporate cuts on every chain restaurant/store go to their respective headquarters, manufacturers get most of the profit from vehicle purchases, etc etc etc). It makes sense that we need to bring in out of town income as well. Otherwise the area will always spend more than it earns. Krusen’s examples of the airport and mall hotel as “destinations” was laughable. WTF??? Those places can provide ancillary services needed to support an actual destination; they are not destinations in and of themselves. No one flies in just for the goal of taking a plane trip. And even if the mall is getting a full-blown resort instead of a hotel, those guests want to have something worth doing when they leave the hotel.
  5. 3 points
    In my opinion, the current exec and deputy are completely clueless and disinterested in what their constituents want and how they feel. They are both slimy and arrogant. For instance, the fact that they refuse to report current county income to seethroughny is creepy. Neither salaries appear since Santulli and Krusen “retired” from public service in 2014 and 2015 respectively. We must rely on rumors and speculation on what they’re getting on top of their pensions…. but bottom line is they seem to be hiding that under some other expense line to avoid letting the public know how much they’re taking us for. Furthermore, the only defense in the whole gas card scam was that the Exec testified that he authorized personal use of the gas card, therefore no wrongdoing occurred. No apologies whatsoever for having a policy that allegedly allows that sort of practice. Considering how many local and state employees have been arrested for using public funds for personal use….they could at least pretend to recognize that people (taxpayers and voters) find it appalling when public servants use their offices as perks and privileges.
  6. 3 points
    I hope they use them on the bike trial or leave them at the beginning/end. I wish this resource was used more often. A little cold to start this here, though. Where will they go in the winter?
  7. 2 points
    OK, responses are in. Comments? Mine are quickly summarized: - Emanuel seems like a good person with a good heart, but his information is vague, and seem a bit vanilla and/or naive. He has potential, but his lack of experience with government operations is concerning. - Moss continues to appear competent as a leader, good grasp of the realities of our area, and not a politician giving political answers. He has a proven track record of getting sluggish government agencies to move. - Kreusen seems more of the same old stuff. Knows exactly what needs to be done, but wants to meet and talk, have more meetings, external assessments, oh yeah and committees. For example, no personal opinion on term limits, let's leave it up to a committee to solve sometime in the next couple of years. sheesh... I'm still not completely decided, but I'm leaning heavily in favor of the tough, get something done candidate.
  8. 2 points
    To voters of Chemung County’s 7th legislative district I recommend Christina Sonsire for your thoughtful consideration. A vibrant, smart committed Elmiran, she offers a fresh outlook and approach to serving as county legislator. A discussion with her quickly revealed that she is steeped in the history of our county government and, consequently, has proposed the refreshing idea that our county legislature is underperforming as though people are unaware of the powers and responsibilities it possesses. For too long, as has been observed by many folks, our legislature has regressed to the status of a rubber stamp for the county executive, its members essentially enjoying a well-paid sinecure--our county legislators make more money per constituent than any county in the state. And, one must notice with some dismay, it would seem that Ms Sonsire’s opponent in the 7th district, Mr Milliken, would like to keep it that way. In an odd letter he dispatched to members of the Conservative Party in the 7th district, he opined that “She has called for a massive change in how the County Legislature functions.” It would seem that Mr. Milliken would rather continue as a rubber stamp and collect his generous stipend instead of legislating as the County Charter empowers him. According to the County Charter, “The County Legislature shall be the governing body of the County and shall be the legislative, appropriating and policy-determining body of the County.” Nowadays, it is the County Executive who carries out these functions, not the compliant Legislature where Republicans enjoy a 13-2 advantage. Ms. Sonsire wishes to change that, to see the Legislature become proactive for the betterment of our county. She would like to do her part in harmony with all fellow legislators to make county government work effectively and compassionately for everyone. She deserves our vote. Thomas Miller Town Of Elmira
  9. 2 points
    I think Moss has a point on this one. Seems like every time someone has criticized the county government or the sale tax distribution, it's called a "political hit job" against Krusen. Frankly it's gotten pretty old. Is Moss' name listed anywhere on the suit as a plantiff? If not, then there was no reason to drag him into it.
  10. 2 points
    I've thought about that and ya know, if you're going to have your face on the news you may as well give em' a smile.
  11. 2 points
    Name: Jerome Emanuel Party Affiliation: Democratic Candidate for Chemung County Executive Background/ Experience: Chemung County DSS – Medicaid & Child Protective Services, Almost 20 years of experience in Automotive Dealerships, 16 years as a Sales or General Manager, Entrepreneur Community Service includes: Co-Founder – Elmira Entrepreneurs, Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative – Business and Commercial Development, United Way – Loaned Executive. Entrepreneur Task Force, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Natural Leaders Initiative & Poverty Stop Light , Volunteer with EOP & Incubator Works What made you decide to run for County Executive? After spending almost 20 years in the automotive industry, I felt more of a reward from my volunteer work than I did at my 50 plus hour a week job. I saw first hand that there were many problems within our community and if I have the ability to make change, I have the responsibility to try. If elected, what is your #1 priority the day you take office? My #1 priority will be to work with the newly-elected County Legislators as well as Chemung County municipality leaders, and together find a working formula for sales-tax distribution. The finger pointing and disagreements between the City of Elmira and the County governments are a concern to many residents county wide. If elected, how do you plan to improve relations between the two? My background in negotiations and managing people provides me with the unique ability to listen and be understood, without ego. I already have a good relationship with the Mayor of Elmira and its City Manager and I plan on continuing that relationship moving forward. There is a resurgence of enthusiasm and hope for the future of the City of Elmira. If elected, how would you propose the county help to keep that energy and momentum moving forward? Born and raised in the city of Elmira, I share that sentiment. If elected, we will work with the City of Elmira to help reduce the deficit and create destinations within the city which will attract tourism and promote the growth of small businesses. Some have been critical of the county government, saying that the County Executive makes the decisions and the Legislators are merely “rubber stamps”. Do you agree with that perception, and if so, how would you address those concerns? Perception is sometimes reality but all I can really say is there is a long history of 15-0, 14-1 & 13-2 votes. The County Legislatures are the policy-determining body of the County and I plan to listen to their thoughts, ideas and opinions and promote an open dialogue. We need people with different opinions so we can see all sides of some of the tough decisions we will have to make moving forward. Do you favor term limits for the County Executive? I believe that two, four-year terms for the County Executive is sufficient. What differentiates you from your opponents? I don’t believe that “opponents” fits the narrative. I’m not against Sheriff Chris Moss or Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen. We have different management styles and, in some cases, difference of opinions. I don’t come from a political background. I come from a very high-pressure, high-stress environment where you do the job to the employers’ satisfaction or you get fired. No four-year terms. I’m a skilled and professionally trained negotiator who can work with anyone without egos getting involved to get the job done. I have an extensive community service background which helps me understand what so many are going through and my only ambition is to see my home county succeed. Anything else you would like to say to voters? I’m running for this position because I believe Chemung County Government can do better. I want to give government back to the people and have their voices heard at the table. I have over 16 years of management experience with a heavy focus on finance and personnel and my specialty is working with a diverse group of people and developing a winning team. I am extremely engaged with the community and have spent countless time trying to help make Chemung County a better place, and I do it because it’s the right thing to do and not for financial gains. I would like to bring my specific skillset to Chemung County Government and I hope the people feel that I’m the best person for the job.
  12. 2 points
    Name : Chris Moss Party Affiliation: Republican, Conservative, Reform and (Independent “Moss for Exec”) Background/ Experience: More than 26 years of distinguished service in law enforcement, including a background in administration, management, training, team building and leadership. Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, B.S. in Community and Human Services (Concentration Criminal Justice) from SUNY Empire State College, FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, A.A.S in Criminal Justice from Corning Community College, Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy Chemung County Sheriff, ( 2006 to present), Lieutenant – Patrol Division (2001-2005),Investigator/Sergeant – Criminal Division (1996-2001),Investigator – Criminal Investigation Division (1994-1996),Deputy Sheriff – Road Patrol ( 1989-1994 ), Special Deputy (3/89-5/89) Republican/Conservative candidate for NYS Lt. Governor (2014), Member Board of Directors, New York State Association of Counties (2011-Present), Member, Board of Directors, Arctic League (2004 – Present), Member, Board of Directors, Chemung County Family Services, Inc. (2006 – 2013),Member, Executive Board of Directors, NY State Sheriffs Association (2007 – Present), President, Chemung County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (1995-2000), Advisory Board Member, Salvation Army (1999-2003), Member, Chemung County Republican Committee (2001 – Present) What made you decide to run for County Executive? As the County Sheriff I‘ve had the opportunity to see first-hand how the County Executive’s Office operates when dealing the county legislature, department heads, local municipalities, employee issues and several other aspects of county government. All too often the lack of transparency and openness when dealing with the day to day issues that coincide with the duties of the County Executive’s Office are detrimental to the public in which we serve. I believe we can change the way we operate county government to improve how we serve the public and in process have a more transparent and open system. The Executives can do a better job of listening to the needs of local municipalities which means the County Legislature has to step up and play a larger role in their respective districts on a regular basis, not just during election cycle. At the end of the day, the County Executive has to be the quarterback of these efforts as well as assist in executing the agenda of the legislative branch. This will make our county a better place to live, work and raise a family. If elected, what is your #1 priority the day you take office? I’ll host a meeting with officials from the City of Elmira to propose and review a comprehensive financial restructuring plan that will assist the City of Elmira’s short term and long term financial goals. The plan must address the status of the City’s limited revenue streams and adequately forecast if the opportunity to generate additional revenue in the City of Elmira is possible. This must be accomplished without jeopardizing the financial status of the County. The entire legislature must play an active role throughout the process in order to a have a clear understanding of how and why assistance is necessary in order to have our County to succeed as a one community. The finger pointing and disagreements between the City of Elmira and the County governments are a concern to many residents county wide. If elected, how do you plan to improve relations between the two? When you consider that the County and the City have had a strained relationship for an extended period of time you have to take the following into account. When the City of Elmira was under Democratic control (2012-2015) the relationship was poor, currently the City is under Republican control and the relationship is still poor, the common denominator is the county. For several years, in private and in public the County Executive’s office has repeatedly made detrimental comments about the manner in which the City is operated. This type of behavior must cease at once if we are going to have a harmonious beneficial relationship. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Elmira’s City Manager and Mayor on multiple occasions in the past couple of months to discuss the continual obstacles that have kept the two municipalities from moving forward, these obstacles will be immediately removed so that communication will be two way street. The City is very interested in working with the county on a variety of levels and the continual finger pointing and discord must end in order to serve the public effectively and efficiently. There is a resurgence of enthusiasm and hope for the future of the City of Elmira. If elected, how would you propose the county help to keep that energy and momentum moving forward? There are currently multiple projects going on the City of Elmira that could yield a positive benefit to the entire county. From newly constructed housing and commercial space, to the possibility of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) all being located within the City of Elmira these are definitely exciting times. We need to capitalize on each opportunity, forecast all of the pros and cons to ensure we are maximizing the potential of each individual project. Some have been critical of the county government, saying that the County Executive makes the decisions and the Legislators are merely “rubber stamps”. Do you agree with that perception, and if so, how would you address those concerns? The duties and responsibilities of the Executive and Legislative branches of county government are clearly defined in the county charter. The Legislature needs to have and play a more independent role in county government. Each Legislator needs to be held accountable by the voters in their respective district(s). I would continually advocate for the Legislature to act as their own independent branch. Do you favor term limits for the County Executive? I will work on legislation to enact term limits for the following. Two (4) year terms for the position of County Executive and three (4) year terms for the County Legislature. What differentiates you from your opponents? During the past 13 years that I have been County Sheriff I had an open door policy whereupon the public has had the opportunity to speak with me personally on a regular basis. We’ve stood by our original platform issues of decreasing overtime, accreditation status for all divisions, support of the 2nd amendment and being fiscally conservative. If you’re looking for an experienced, educated, approachable, no nonsense individual who will tell it like it is I believe that sets me apart from my opponents. Anything else you would like to say to voters? Chemung County has been under the same ideology/political rule for over 25 years. For the first time in decades voters throughout the county have the opportunity not only to vote for a new County Executive but also change the face of the County Legislature as there are an abundance of races throughout the entire County. Don’t miss out on having the opportunity to be a part of improving the way your government provides your services. “VOTE”
  13. 2 points
    Name: Christina Sonsire. Party Affiliation: I am a member of the Democratic Party. I am also running on the Conservative Party line as well as a line for an independent party I created called Chemung County Matters. Occupation: I am a partner at the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira. Background/ Experience: I have always been interested in the way government works. In high school I interned with Rep. Amo Houghton, and I chose to attend Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to study government firsthand. During college I spent two summers working for Chemung County Executive Tom Tranter, and upon graduation joined AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps where I performed service projects for more than two years in numerous communities like ours across the United States. I accepted a job at the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office when I finished law school, and have been a partner at the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira since 2012. My parents, Tom and Pat Bruner, were always involved with local politics while I was growing up, but neither has ever belonged to a political party – something that greatly shaped the way I view government. As recently as 2015 I was a member of the Chemung County Republican Party’s Executive Committee. I left and joined the Democratic Party for reasons that have nothing to do with local politics, and am proud to be endorsed by both the Democratic and Conservative parties in this race as it confirms my commitment to work with whoever is at the table. There is no question that a nonpartisan approach to local politics is the best way to get things done. I have tried my best to find ways to help out since I came back to the area. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank and the Arctic League, previously served on the City of Elmira’s Planning Board and Notre Dame High School’s Board of Trustees, and have been a youth soccer coach since 2006. I was honored to receive the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in recognition of this service. What made you decide to run for election or re-election? I love this community. My roots go back generations on both sides, and me and my husband both graduated from Notre Dame High School. We each returned to Chemung County because it is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, yet there are clearly significant problems as well. I want to do what I can to make Chemung County a better place so that our two young daughters might at least consider living here when they grow up. If elected, what county wide issue is your #1 priority to address? Simply put, we must all work together to rebuild our community. This requires genuine cooperation among the County Legislature, the County Executive, the City of Elmira and the towns and villages. There are many good things happening, but the problems – most notably violent crime and widespread poverty – are obvious to everyone. The creation of a true Council of Governments or similar body could go along way toward bringing all of the relevant voices to the table. What concerns are unique to your district? How will you address them? Most residents seem to like living in the Seventh District. Having our own police and fire departments provides us with a sense of safety, and the Town of Elmira’s ample recreational and social events - including numerous youth sports teams and summer camps, weekly concerts in Pirozzolo Park and a tremendous variety of near-daily happenings at the Community Center - greatly enhance our quality of life. However, there are serious issues as well. I have been knocking on doors for months, and am shocked at the number of foreclosed and abandoned houses in some of West Elmira’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods and the amount of serious crime that has begun showing up in increasing numbers across our district. Aside from doing things at the town level such as continuing to support the West Elmira Police Department in its attempt to keep us safe and encouraging stronger code enforcement efforts to address property matters, the single most important thing I can do if elected is work with other legislators to improve conditions in the City of Elmira. It is artificial to separate the Town of Elmira from the City of Elmira in any meaningful way. The town and city share a miles-long border. Many town residents, including myself, work in the city or send our children to school there, and many city residents do the same with respect to the town. Nearly everyone who lives in the town and the city traverse into the other frequently for errands such as appointments, recreation and social activities. In other words, our two communities are inextricably intertwined. There is simply no other way to view it. Much more fundamentally, the City of Elmira defines our community. When we travel out of the area and are asked where we are from, people from the town and the city all say "Elmira". By that we mean the community as a whole, not just our own small subset of it. Helping us get to a place where we can say "I am from Elmira" with unequivocal pride should be the goal of every elected official, and must remain so until that goal is finally and fully achieved. There are other significant issues in the Town of Elmira as well, such as storm water damage and road and other infrastructure needs. To this end, we to find ways to help shore up the town’s fiscal problems, as it has been on New York’s “Fiscal Stress List” since 2016 and will need money to adequately address these issues in coming years. Finding a more appropriate way to share sales tax revenue between the County and the municipalities while continuing to explore shared service agreements are good places to start. There is a resurgence of enthusiasm and hope for the future of the City of Elmira. If elected, how would you propose the county help to keep that energy and momentum moving forward? There are an unprecedented number of people running for office this year, something that has forced a discussion about the issues to occur out in the public rather than in the small confines of elected government. Moving forward we need to keep this discussion going so that all members of our community have a voice and are informed about what is happening. We have unfortunately witnessed a dramatic decrease in the amount of investigative reporting on local issues, but online sources like the Elmira Telegram (thank you!) and many candidates’ websites have done a good job of getting information out. What personal skill set or personality trait do you feel would be a benefit if elected? I often hear candidates describe themselves as being passionate. I feel my best trait is that I am dispassionate about government and political matters. This does not mean I am uncaring, but rather that I am guided more by reason more than emotion. Working as an attorney for the past fifteen years has shown me that this sort of approach can be extraordinarily helpful when negotiating and finding solutions that work best. Do you favor term limits for County Legislators? Absolutely. Bring new heads and new ideas to the table is the best way to discover better ways to do business. I believe two terms of four years each (for a total of eight years) is an appropriate limit for legislators. What differentiates you from your opponent? My opponent, Cornelius “Neil" Milliken has served in the Chemung County Legislature since 2012 when he was appointed after his father, Cornelius “Connie” Milliken, passed away. Connie Milliken had been a member of the legislature since 1974, the year it was created. In total, they have represented our district for the past 48 years, something that should be commended and that also gives my opponent a clear edge in terms of experience. However, the fact that I have not served in the legislature can be looked at as a benefit to me. I believe the first order of business for whoever is elected this November is a wholesale evaluation of whether the type of county government we have under our charter works best for our community. Prior to 1973 we did not have a legislature or a county executive, and since then there has not been a thorough examination as to whether this structure is best suited to fit our needs. Having a fresh perspective that is not tied to decisions made in the past will allow me to evaluate our government in an objective, dispassionate way. Anything else you would like to say to voters? This election is very important for the future of Chemung County. Please do what you can to learn about all of the candidates, and vote for who you think will do the best job of helping to move our community forward in the direction we all desire. I started a blog called Chemung County Matters (chemungcountymatters.com) last December on the day the City of Elmira announced its big tax increase. Throughout the past ten months I have added roughly 40 posts in order to encourage people to share ideas about what can be done to help our area. Please check it out if you would like to learn more about me. This is an exciting time for our community!
  14. 1 point
    That's just depraved. As angry and upset I get from people neglecting farm animals or too may 'rescued' strays....this is a whole different magnitude of evil.
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    by Erin Doane The Lake Street Bridge closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in March 2011. I started working here at CCHS in May 2011, so I never had the chance to go over the bridge that is just across the street from the museum. It was announced recently that work would start next summer to repair the bridge and open it to pedestrians. This is just the newest chapter in the history of this river crossing. The first bridge across the Chemung River in Elmira was completed at the foot of Lake Street in 1824. Before that, one needed a ferry to cross the river. The wooden bridge was constructed by the Elmira and Southport Bridge Company. It had three piers, one in the center of each channel and another on the island in the middle of the river. Some years after it was built, the spans began to sag considerably. Once, a drove of cattle crossing the bridge, broke through the first span during high water and timbers and cows went floating down the river. In 1840, the bridge was badly damaged in the “great fire” of that year. A new covered bridge was erected on the spot with J.H. Gallagher supervising construction. The covered bridge burned in 1850 when the tannery at its south end caught fire. It was replaced by a wooden truss structure. This new bridge was open at the top except for some crossing timbers. This allowed the snow to fall through onto the roadway during the winter so that sleighs could more easily cross. A considerable part of this bridge was washed away during the St. Patrick’s Day flood of 1865. The bridge’s only stone pier was undermined and most of the southern span dropped out and washed down the river. The bridge was repaired and remained in used until 1869. By 1869, there were two bridges over the Chemung, at Lake Street and Main Street. Both were toll bridges. Businessmen on the north side of the river did not like that people had to pay tolls to cross. Customers from the plank road district and other parts of Southport were reluctant to cross the bridge to do businesses. Farmers didn’t want to pay a toll to sell their produce so they went south to Troy, Pennsylvania instead of to Elmira. Early in 1869, the city passed a legislative act authorizing it to purchase both bridges for $25,000 (around $460,000 today). They dropped the tolls and used taxpayer funds to maintain the structures. Three years later, another act was passed authorizing the building of new bridges at both locations. The Main Street bridge was replaced first, then the Lake Street bridge was completed in 1874. The new Lake Street bridge was made of iron with three spans of 182 feet each and trusses that were 26 feet high. The piers were made of limestone. It cost $65,000 (about $1.4 million). The Lake Street bridge was replaced again by a new steel bridge in 1905. While the work was being done, a temporary wooden pedestrian bridge was erected next to it so that people could still move across the river. In June, 1959, City Manager Angus T. Johnson reported to the Elmira City Council that the Lake Street bridge was in desperate need of repair. The bridge supports were weakened, the metal fixtures were corroded, and rivets were missing from some joints. Salt used on the roads during the winter caused much of the deterioration. The Council closed the bridge to both all traffic and plans were made to replace the structure. On June 21, 1961, between 1,200 and 1,500 Elmirans gathered in the rain for the official opening of the new Lake Street bridge. The bridge had been closed for two years but construction had finished two weeks ahead of schedule. The cost of demolition of the old bridge and construction of the new was $473,270 (just under $4 million today). In 1972, flood waters rose all the way to the bridge’s deck but it survived largely unscathed. Eleven years later, in 1983, it was closed for two months while new expansion joints were installed, the structural steel was scraped and repainted, and the roadway was resurfaced with a new membrane liner to help preserved the concrete deck. Regular maintenance was not enough to keep the bridge from deteriorating. Winters can be hard here in the northeast and, despite yearly washing, salt used to treat the roads damaged the bridge’s concrete supports and rubber expansion joints. In March 2011, the Lake Street bridge was declared unsafe and closed to vehicles and pedestrians. At the time, it had the lowest traffic count of all the city’s five bridges over the Chemung River. As early as May 2011, there were reports that the bridge would be repaired for pedestrian use only. Next summer, some eight years later, the project may finally get underway. Erin Doane is the curator at the Chemung County Historical Society. To see more of their blog, go to http://chemungcountyhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com
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    I only just noticed that this morning. Sometimes spellcheck is more ducking trouble than its worth.
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    Methinks the author of “ Chronology of Dirty Politics “ is more a case of the hier apparent to the County Throne throwing a hissy fit ! It is good to see Candidate Moss is not playing into these tantrums ! And just once could we leave that “ money pit dump “ , namely the Arena , out of the equation . Nothing good ( at least for the common citizen ) has ever or will ever come of that boondoggle !
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    Krusen's Deputy County Executive salary is $29,999 so that he stays under the $30,000 yearly limit that he can make working in the same position he retired from, if he was to go over the the $30,000 he would have to forfeit a portion of the retirement money. If Krusen by chance gets elected to County Executive he can collect his NYS retirement pension as well as the County Executives salary which is somewhere around $140,000 plus a vehicle. Returning to Public Employment in New York State The general rule is if you are under age 65, you can return to public employment without approval or reduction in your retirement benefit as long as your calendar year earnings are less than the Section 212 limit (the limit has been set at $30,000 since January 1, 2007). If your earnings will be more than the Section 212 limit, the RSSL permits your employer to seek approval to hire you under Section 211. However, there are specific procedures that must be followed and strict standards that must be met.
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    I believe it may have been social security, rather that NYS pension that imposed that limit. Retirees drawing Social Security are limited in how much they can earn and still receive full benefits (until a certain age), but in the NYS Pension system, the pension is calculated on a formula of years of service and salary and does not change due to the recipient’s financial status. The premise (I assume) is that an unrelated or private sector job is not double dipping…..just like retired military can become gym teachers, school bus drivers or Walmart greeters and it shouldn’t affect their pension. Even becoming a Postal carrier and vesting in a second retirement isn’t double-dipping, as they’re being paid to do a job the USPS will pay someone to do regardless and contributing the same to their new pension. However, some state agencies do often hire “contract” workers that aren’t in the pension system. They are non-state employees paid by a third party employment service to supplement the workforce and (ostensibly) save the state money. For instance, Elmira Psyche Center might have 40 full time nurses with full benefits, paid leave, pension etc and half a dozen “at will” per diem nurses that cover at lesser compensation under a private staffing firm, even if it’s essentially full time. Not unlike a substitute teacher off the street getting called in every day of the school year (who may very well be retired from a previous career). A few years ago, NYS hiring policy put limits on how much a state “consultant” who was contracted by the state but receiving a pension for a position with the same job duties could be paid….so they can no longer have a nurse retiring at 55, drawing a full state pension and still doing the same job per diem on top of that (and claim they are “saving money” by filling her job duties with a contract employee). Evidently, Chemung County still allows that type of scenario. It’s probably a little late to ask if the candidate questionnaires address if they’d like to change that policy, huh?
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    So who at WETM said Mr Strange did this? What happened to reporters protecting their sources? Oh, wait, TelePrompter readers aren’t reporters.
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    Jerome Emanuel picked up a major new supporter in his bid to become the Executive in Chemung County with an endorsement by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. "I am proud to endorse Jerome Emanuel for Chemung County Executive," said New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli."For too long, Chemung County has struggled economically, and as a native of the community, Jerome understands the needs of this region and the hard work that needs to be done to help revitalize the entrepreneurial spirit, combat rural and urban poverty and fix the financial woes of the County. I know he is dedicated to improving the economy for this entire region, and I know he will make an excellent County Executive," "I am honored to have the endorsement of our State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli," said Jerome Emanuel, candidate for County Executive. "I have a great deal of respect for Comptroller DiNapoli and his tireless work on behalf of New York families to help get the State to work in the best interest of everyone. I am ready to join the Comptroller in the fight to bring lasting economic growth and prosperity to Chemung County." In endorsing Emanuel, Comptroller DiNapoli emphasized the Democratic candidate's strong commitment to fighting for local jobs done by local labor, combating poverty in the rural and urban parts of the region and relieving the financial stress of the County. The Comptroller's focus on job investment echoed the findings of a 2015 report by his office, which found that between 2009-2014, the Southern Tier had one of the greatest rates of job loss in the state, even as downstate regions saw explosive growth in employment. DiNapoli stated that Emanuel has the bold new vision and energy to bring job growth to Chemung County. In recent weeks, Emanuel has gained momentum as a candidate of integrity and commitment. He recently announced that if he is elected he will immediately propose a salary cut of 30% for the Executives position.
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    That's 140,000 at his current position plus the 6 figure pension from when he retired from that position the first time he held it. Plus his salary for being director of the IDA.I heard a couple weeks ago the prior director was forced out so Krusen could have that spot. I understand the double dipping with pension and salary is legal, but that doesn't make it right.
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    While this may indeed be true, shouldn't he be focused on NY? If he cannot, why is he running for re-election? Maybe he should start a nonprofit to help Puerto Rico instead.
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    Friendly Warning: I've found a few recent account names and at least one email bouncing back to the same device's IP address. Let's keep it honest folks.
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    Interesting, please tell me more about the first controversy you are referring to. I want to be able to make an informed decision come election day. How is Moss involved in this "controversy", other than Krusen dragging him into it to try and score a political hit? BTW, it is not Moss' first run for political office. How many political offices has Krusen run for in the past?
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    Ask and you shall receive. This tells me a lot about Krusen. Classic deflection strategy, make the problem about someone else instead of addressing the issue. The Arena from day one has always been about lining pockets of politicians and their cronies, the type of stuff that never rises to the level of outright crime. And enough people have dirt on their hands that there will never be an "agency" investigation to conclude this is happening.
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    Stand by, I sent out questionnaires to all county candidates in contested races this year. I have received a response from Sheriff Moss and a couple legislative candidates so far. I asked them to have the responses to me by the 22nd so I can run a full slate of responses from all on Oct. 29 ( although I'll happily do so sooner if they're all in on time. )
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    I wanted to take moment to share my support for Mark Margeson who is running for legislative seat in the district 5, representing the Town Erin and Town of Horseheads. When I heard that Mark was running for this seat I took the time meet him, talk to him and share my own concerns for the district and county in general. I was very impressed with his professionalism & integrity. I found him friendly and personable with a passion and dedication for the county and the folks in district 5 he wishes to represent. I also attended a few local political fundraising events in the area and spoke with several of our current county representatives and found that Margeson had been diligently attending legislative sessions for the past year to watch, learn and ask questions so that if elected he could hit the ground running. I personally feel that district 5 has not been adequately represented the past few years and I feel confident that Mark Margeson will be an excellent representative for the residents of the district. Karen Keenan Erin NY
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    Name: Christa Heyward Party Affiliation: Democrat Occupation: Research Scientist and Entrepreneur Background/Experience: As a scientists, I'm trained to think critically and solve problems and nobody needs these skills more than the residents of Chemung County. My perspective and experience in numerous community and academic organizations has taught me how to work with individuals with a variety of backgrounds. These are the same skills I used to co-found a biotechnology company, which identifies biomarkers associated with diagnosing concussions. What made you decide to run for election or re-election? What made me decide to run for office? I've always been a person to get involved with my community. If you see a problem, you fix it. You don't wait for someone else to come along. Chemung County has a lot of problems and we need as many hands on deck as possible. I'm glad to see so many people getting involved this year and I think Chemung County will be all the better for it. If elected, what county wide issue is your #1 priority to address? My number one issue is Workfore Development. I serve as a Corning Community College Trustee and I see training our workforce as a community-wide priority. I hope to bring together, BOCES, CCC, the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, Incubator Works, EOP, NY Labor, local businesses, and any other organization to develop a career training program that targets students as early as middle school as well as allows or non-traditional students to train for better jobs and make mid-career job changes. What concerns are unique to your district? How will you address them? I've knocked on many doors the residents of the 14th district are overwhelmingly happy living in Chemung County. Their biggest concern is keeping our community safe and maintaining their existing quality of life. This can't happen if streams and waterways aren't properly maintained. I intend to make sure that Chemung County's Soil and Water Department and the Town of Southport are proactive on this issue. There is a resurgence of enthusiasm and hope for the future of the City of Elmira. If elected, how would you propose the county help to keep that energy and momentum moving forward? I personally think the City of Elmira is well positioned for a turn-around. We need to move residents into the workforce, make sure they make an income that supports a middle class lifestyle, and provide things to do in the community. Middle class encomes will improve our housing stock, build equity for residents, reduce dependence on the social safety net, and create expendable income necessary to drive successful business startups. People can't go to the movies, hockey games, or concerts if they're constantly struggling to meet their basic needs. I also feel that the new LECOM school is a game changer. We need to be prepared to engage over 400 new students and make Chemung County a place where they will want to stay. What personal skill set or personality trait do you feel would be a benefit if elected? I think my ability to work with anyone will be a huge asset after the election. With the most contested elections in a generation, the make-up of county leadership is bound to change. After the election, we need to forget our differences and sit down to the table and come up with ways to address the counties issues. The Legislature needs a more proactive planning process that informs its decisions and imagines the future of Chemung County and charts a course to get there. Do you favor term limits for County Legislators? I do think turnover of the legislature is a good thing. It needs fresh perspective but I also recognize the value of institutional memory. It's not clear to me that the county has an efficient process for bringing new legislators up to speed on the innerworkings of county government and senior members of the legislature have made sure the pace of government doesn't slow down with each election while new members get up to speed. I think we need to get more stakeholders involved that are more representative of our residents. This includes, minorities, women, and young people. I applaud people like Joe Brennen, who understand the value of being engaged and get involved early. What differentiates you from your opponent(s)? I think my breadth of experience in many fields makes me a better candidate. While my opponent has been a life-long resident of Chemung County, I can bring my experiences living in multiple areas back to our county. I've lived in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia suburbs, Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh suburbs. I've lived in very affluent areas and not so affluent areas. I've worked on the transportation taskforce for the West Chester Area School District. I've worked on recycling in the City of Philadelphia. I've worked on University and Public Transit issues. I've worked on resources for students with dependents. I also have entrepreneurship experience and I've managed million dollar budgets. I've worked in Education and taught at the collegiate level. I also serve as a CCC Regional Board of Trustees member. I may not have worked in county government, but I bring extensive experience in other areas to the table. Anything else you would like to say to voters? I hope you'll come out and vote for me on November 6th.