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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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Everything posted by KReed

  1. Ewwww! But it doesn't surprise me. To be fair, I doubt this type of contamination is limited to fast food POS terminals. I have grown increasingly cautious of all touch screens and various communal 'implements' ....from entering my PIN for a debit card to handling the stylus to sign a digital screen.
  2. https://amp.democratandchronicle.com/amp/3164802002?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR028FeBNEC6M7LEVT-1V4_Asp8Ah80W5u4bbSu1ho8sbrZif8X5TxQ5yUc I think it's a bit premature of Moss to weigh in on this without discussion among constituents and the Legislature. It does not really seem that opting out would prevent or reduce any potential "social issues". If the citizens the county would be allowed to possess marijuana (which it seems they are already doing if they are so inclined), what is the benefit of prohibiting sales and cultivation in the county (and foregoing any revenue)?
  3. Just as people who wanted to drink alcohol did during Prohibition. And, like alcohol, some partake in moderation while others face varying degrees of problems (from losing jobs or relationships, to long term health issues to deadly behavior). I just can't conclude that alcohol is better or safer simply because it's legal now or because it happens to be my drug of choice. Agree with you both.....and the NIH has suggested that marijuana may actually be an effective gateway back from more dangerous drug use: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6135562/
  4. I think your question deserves to be answered in two different aspects… First, there is the perspective of Cuomo’s proposal. The linked article says that his proposal is for legalization across the state….meaning Chemung County residents could possess marijuana for recreational purposes regardless of whether the county “opts out” of legal growing and sale of it. So I don’t see that opting out would reduce any potential “issues” of usage or possession…since that would still be legal. Residents could still buy the stuff in nearby counties. And Chemung County would still need to deal with whatever effects those purchases may result in……the only difference being that those nearby counties may benefit from whatever small portion of tax revenue that NYS allows them, and we would not. On a larger perspective….I believe that prohibition, in and of itself, generally creates more danger to society than whatever substance/activity is prohibited. I do not buy that the actual use of marijuana is any more harmful than alcohol. The behavior and actions of people who use (abuse), the effects on family, the damage to life and livelihood….. The primary difference is “prohibition”. The black market. The criminalization of the transaction results in far more danger than the actual substance and its effects. We know that during the time of alcohol prohibition….manufacturers, distributors and dealers went on killing sprees to squash competition. Just like drug gangs do today. We certainly still see lives decimated by alcoholism. Spousal and child abuse. Loss of jobs and potential. But, we don’t see the Patron Family declaring war on Jose Quervo these days. We do not see wholesale murdering of craft beer makers by the Sam Adams cartel. That crap stopped with the repeal of Prohibition. And I believe we would see pot dealer crimes go away if marijuana sales are legal.
  5. County Executive & Legislature Disagreements

    While I'd had a deep mistrust of our county government for years, this whole thing is shedding an even uglier light on it. For the life of me, I cannot see how this Charter has done anything to improve or elevate the conditions in Chemung County since its adoption. What exactly is the advantage over the the Board of Supervisors that preceded this model? All we seem to have to show for adding dozens of bureaucrats, departments and 'development' entities is 40+ years of paystubs and expenditures that came out of taxpayers' pockets....and people in "power" that have little or no regard for our best interests or opinions.
  6. County Executive & Legislature Disagreements

    I agree, the decision to amend the Charter is an admission that it is not in there. You see, this is what bothers me. You and I have been looking at this issue as if the Charter is a durable set of rules that our representatives are expected to adhere to. While the realty seems to be that there is no requirement for the Legislature to follow the Charter. If it does not support their actions, they have the power to simply make it say whatever works for them. It's a 'formality' they did not bother with in 1984 or 2001, and is so inconsequential that they can just rewrite the Charter after the fact to make us happy now that we have asked what the Charter says.
  7. County Executive & Legislature Disagreements

    The CC Matters blog didn't mention any planned sit down with Moss. It just says that they passed a local law to amend the charter and believe they have enough support to override a veto. I'm not sure how I feel that a public referendum was apparently needed to adopt the charter....but evidently the Legislature is free to amend it at will. I guess I assumed that amending it would be something like Constitutional Amendments and require some sort of public approval (ratification).
  8. What's Missing?

    We know how much effort you've put into this. It is greatly appreciated, and we shouldn't expect you to provide more answers and put more work into it. Linking News stories as new topics is an excellent suggestion....one I'll try to keep in mind. I'd be interested in the numbers and trends of what garnered the most activity/interaction if you can capture that data in a report without much trouble. My gut says that centuries of human nature tell us "current events" has been a major springboard for conversation since we developed language, so news and happenings (near and far) seem like they'd promote conversation here as well.
  9. What's Missing?

    I have to say that Johnny nailed every point. From my perspective (I can’t speak for other members and their preferences/habits), there seems to be some indiscernible barrier that makes the “News” section feel less conducive to discussion than the forum model. Topics posted in the forum provide interactive tools (likes, imbedded graphics, reactions, emojis, quotes, etc) that allow it to be a discussion…as opposed to isolated comments on a news story. More like a dialogue vs. a list of short monologues (if that description makes any sense?). For instance, the 2/28 News story about the Assistant County Attorney gleaned 3 comments (and to be honest, even though we responded to each other, it felt more like stating our case than “interacting”). The Forum topic of the same issue has been up for fewer days….but has 10 replies. My own reply to the Forum topic was far more in depth than my News comment. Maybe that’s just my own preference….but there were also multiple posts replying directly to quoted material from each other that aren't options in the News comments. Similarly, I am not generally big on adding comments to the Community Voices, as it feels (to me) like I should be the audience, and less like a place discussion/interaction. I'm sorry I don’t have much to offer at this point in the way of changes that may improve the interaction... just sort of articulating the difficulties that I perceive.
  10. County Executive & Legislature Disagreements

    Furthermore.... Even if we establish some burning need for the Legislature to have its own counsel (because they are somehow fall outside the scope of Section 1602 (b)**.... the position is "Attorney to the Legislature and Special Districts". The Sewer and Solid Waste Districts that comprise half of the job fall under the Executive branch. What part of the Charter allows the Legislative branch to appoint legal counsel for those departments? **(Section 1602 (b) advise all County officers and employees in all County legal matters of a civil nature;) Since the Land Bank was created by and is accountable to the Legislature, why wouldn't the duties of "Attorney to the Legislature and Special Districts" already include representing the Land bank without the need to hire an "outside contractor" ? I understand that there may very well be a legal need for the land bank to have legal representation separate from the body they report to.....in which case, the same lawyer/firm representing both is a clear conflict of interest. The questions of who has the power to appoint someone to this position, and of who contracts outside services still do not seem to render the following section of the County Charter null and void: "Section 2909. Officers and Employees Engaging in Other Transactions. No officer or employee of the County or member of the County Legislature shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest." You either accept the appointment, or keep your day job. Not both
  11. County Executive & Legislature Disagreements

    The closest "answer" to this question I've seen so far is: because when the matter was quietly pushed through back in the 80s, no one prevented it at that time.
  12. What's Missing?

    I tested with a couple of posts. Apparently I'd saved it on one device before, but had to re-enter the next time because I was on a different device.
  13. What's Missing?

    The extra step to add comments in the new news section isn't hard, per se....but feels a little awkward entering info when you're already a member. Maybe it takes away from adding a spontaneous response? I really do think moving news to a separate section is likely the biggest factor in decreased chat and dialogue of the forums. When you think about it, current events is a natural springboard for conversation: What do you think about this snow? Did you hear about that fire downtown? I hope they catch that guy in the news... How 'bout them Yankees? And probably has been since probably since time began..... OMG! Did you see the size of that mammoth that Grog hunted down?
  14. Contamination at Elmira High School?

    Hang...that was the guy. Thanks! I wasn't aware that he had history with fracking or other alleged 'contamination' theories. From what I saw of his narrative on youtube, I concluded that Georgio Tsoukalos has presented more “solid” proof of Ancient Aliens visiting the Mayans than Hang has on any Southside/cancer correlation.
  15. Contamination at Elmira High School?

    I'm not sure what new attention it's getting (now) that you're referring to, but I know that (as of a year or so ago), it was clear that there are still some who are unable or unwilling to accept earlier reports. Perhaps the idea that the district was doing some sort of "cleanup" renewed the delusion that there was some mass cover-up afoot. I do recall a "presentation" by an Asian fellow (possibly touted as some sort of expert) that followers of the conspiracy were ginned up about. His video was based purely on emotion and conjecture and made no mention of the statistical and scientific reports from the DOH that directly refuted his implying that this location has some higher occurrence of cancer than the rest of the region, state or nation. I don’t know if some lawyer types hoping to shake down a few bucks are exploiting the locals…or if there a grass roots movement of locals seeking out “experts” that are willing to support these conspiracy theories.
  16. Arnot Walk In John Roemelt Drive

    My ex apparently had the same issue with the walk-in at Consumer Square declining to see him when they found out it was comp related. I've also had chiropractors that do not accept workers comp...generally small independent offices. I suspect that filing and getting paid from comp is a complicated and time-consuming exercise so they decline it to keep their operating costs under control.
  17. Path For Chemung County?

    Thanks for the summary of Baldwin’s zoning laws. For as many things as we can ask the County to improve economically – they can’t (and shouldn’t) be dictating town decisions. It is ultimately up to those municipalities to allow whatever development they feel is in their best interest. If they are zoned agricultural/residential, it's not the county's fault Simmons Rockwell isn't building there. And it is usually not easy to effect change from “the way it’s always been” in a small town. When we see heated debates over bringing a Dollar General or DandyMart to a town, we can imagine the fight a big retail project would inspire. And as a Big Flats resident in the 90's, I can tell you the debate over Walmart/Sam's Club/Tops was bitter (and played out before social media, so it would probably be 100x worse today!) Don’t even get me started with Casella. Aside from importing trash and rapidly taking up space that will (as KR noted) eventually run out – there is reason to believe they have disregarded and covered up the desecration of graves on that site from Indians and the Revolutionary War.
  18. Path For Chemung County?

    I would like to know the history and details on how town and municipal zoning laws have shaped growth in the county. There was significant contention (to the level of public hostility) among the citizens and within the town board of Big Flats leading up to Consumer Square's development. The areas of County Rte 64 now crowded with retail had been zoned as residential, agricultural and industrial. The county did not have the authority to just invite retail development without a lot of input and compromise from the town and landowners. Hills and GCP were obviously already zoned retail by the local government, but I have never heard the about what types of zoning/ordinances the eastern towns have in place.
  19. Path For Chemung County?

    I agree with becoming a destination. And toward that end, I hope this new county government will work toward simply getting out of the way of business owners (and prospective businesses)…..rather than the past administrations that “invested” taxpayers’ money hand over fist to fund their pet projects. No attraction, service or other business that will honestly draw consumers to the area should need someone to build their venue and pay their utilities. If the profits their consumers provide don’t cover operating expenses, then it is not truly bringing revenue.
  20. Manifest - NBC

    I hadn't watched any of New Amsterdam yet, but started from the pilot until you two mentioned it here. I just finished the third episode and am leaning toward agreeing with Karen more than Chris on it. (**UPDATE: Watched three more and I am wondering if they will ever make it through an episode without injecting a heaping on the SJW crap.)
  21. Manifest - NBC

    From the previews building up to it, this looked like an intriguing premise. The first episode didn't disappoint. It had shades of the original X-Files and I couldn't wait for the nest episode. Meh. A little too much of the love-triangles and relationship struggles for me. I'll give it one more episode to get back on track and focus on whatever mysterious forces are at work. If that doesn't become the main plot by next week - I'm done.
  22. Manifest - NBC

    I came close to giving up on it a few episodes ago....but stuck with and am liking the turn toward the conspiracy/sci-fi themes. I think Fox Mulder would approve.
  23. Lansing Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty

    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.
  24. Edmeston? Had to google that.
  25. God Friended Me

    The trailers gave left me with a Schrodinger-like ambivalence...it looked like something I could love or not care for at all. Until I watched, remained in both states. So I did see the first episode. It seems like CBS didn’t have enough faith in the concept to call in their best writers or actors. To me, it felt more like an after school special than a primetime show. I don’t think Schrodinger’s cat is going to make it for me.