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The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is excited to announce the start of the major Terminal Revitalization project. Construction on the $58M renovation project began this past week.

In order to begin the upcoming $58 million renovations to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal, it is necessary to return the glider on loan from the National Soaring Museum to its home on Harris Hill.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

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The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is excited to announce the start of the major Terminal Revitalization project. Construction on the $58M renovation project began this past week.

In order to begin the upcoming $58 million renovations to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal, it is necessary to return the glider on loan from the National Soaring Museum to its home on Harris Hill.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th, including Monday, May 29th. The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th (including Monday, May 29th). The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 26th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form
Effective April 3, 2017, C TRAN will pull in and drop off at the main entrance of Tioga Downs Casino on Route #10 Elmira-Owego.

During the week of April 3-6 the National Weather Service, along with other WRN Ambassadors, government agencies, and individuals across the country will be taking the #1 preparedness anyone can take...finding your safe place when extreme weather threatens. 

Calling all new and expectant mothers! The Chemung County Health Department and Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of South Central New York is proud to invite you to participate in our first annual Community Baby Shower. This will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira NY.

You’re invited to Chemung Solarize Wednesday April 5th from 6 PM to 7 PM at the Starlite Room in Elmira. Chat with solar provider staff from Halco, Renovus, and Twin Tier Solar and Wind to learn how solar may be a good choice for you.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Samantha M. Potter  as Chemung County Communications Director.   The Chemung County Legislature approved her position at their March 13, 2017 Legislative Board meeting.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 17, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will begin Monday, April 3rd from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12:00-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY (607)-737-2843, on April 3st and April 4th with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcome at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Office located at 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will sponsor a six- week educational powerful tools training for family and friend caregivers who care for older adults with long-term illnesses.  The trainings will be held on Tuesdays, March 21st and 28th; and April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th; from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY.

The Powerful Tools Training gives caregivers self-care tools to help reduce personal stress, deal more effectively with challenging situations, and communicate more effectively for themselves and for the individual they care for. Participants will receive a free copy of The Caregiver Helpbook. 

Powerful Tools Training is free; however, pre- registration is required by calling 737-5520 no later than March 17th.    

New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties is in need of volunteers to join a team of advocates for residents living in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult care communities.

Ombudsmen advocate for all individuals living in long term care communities by empowering and educating, protecting rights, preserving dignity, and ensuring respect.  Trained volunteers make weekly visits to assigned long term care facilities to listen to residents and ensure their rights.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Saturday, February 4th.  The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily.  No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles) are allowed on the lake.

These activities will remain open as long as the weather permits.  For weather conditions call 607-739-9164. During the winter months there is no entrance fee to Park Station. 

Elmira -  Eight members of the Chemung County Legislature joined delegates from all 57 counties and the City of New York at the Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). More than 900 attendees attended meetings, educational forums, keynote addresses, and state budget presentations over the course of the three-day conference held in Albany, January 30 - February 1, 2017.

“The Legislative Conference sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties provides County Legislators with training on government accounting, ethics, and county operations ranging from pre-K funding to Next Generation 911.  Nowhere else would county leaders be able to work together on the issues they face as they strive to plan for the future and provide the services the public needs with ever-shrinking resources. This educational experience is priceless and enables Chemung County to be a leader in innovation and shared services throughout the State.” said Donna Draxler, Chair, Chemung County Legislature. Draxler serves as the Chair of NYSAC’s Resolutions Committee.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections is seeking individuals who would like to train as election inspectors for the upcoming elections.  Election inspectors welcome voters on Election Day as they enter their polling site and assist voters with every facet of voting.  Inspectors are also responsible for conducting precinct operations in accordance with election law.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announces they are seeking applications for two important awards that recognize the businesses, organizations and volunteers who serve our community and improve the lives of all ages. These awards will be presented at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 1st.

ELMIRA- Four business and eight not-for-profit organizations were recently designated Age-Friendly by the Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition.  Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for the next round of Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Awards.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.
As outlined in his newly released Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposes regulating vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and including these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act. i This proposal, along with plans to tax the sale of these products, align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”ii

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Chemung County Fire Coordinator will join the department’s Fire Chiefs in conferring the diplomas to the graduates.

Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, and the Health Priorities Partnership have updated their Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the health priorities of our community. 

Chemung County chose to focus on the following priorities and area of disparity:
     Priority Area 1:  Prevent Chronic Diseases by reducing illness, disability,
     and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and
     obesity in adults and children.
   
  Priority Area 2:  Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse by
     working to prevent non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.
    
Chemung County also chose to address the following disparity: 
     Under the Prevent Chronic Disease priority area, Chemung County will work
     on decreasing the percentage of low income individuals who use tobacco.

Elmira- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2017 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Tuesday, January 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 3th and January 4th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).

Elmira –   The Chemung County Department of Social Services offices, including Reception, will be closed on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.  Clients will be able to deliver paperwork through the department mailbox which is located on the right hand side of the sidewalk outside the entrance to the building.

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Dan Mandell, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and a march from Wisner Park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 

Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

With the extended Arnot Mall hours from December 9th to December 23rd, C TRAN’s Route #9 will depart the Arnot Mall 30 minutes after Mall closing. However, on December 24th and December 31st, the last bus will depart at 6:30 pm. C TRAN buses will not run on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

Elmira - During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 25th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. Some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 23rd and will end on November 27th. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

Elmira – The Chemung County Board of Elections (BOE) is seeking the owner of a car key which was found at a polling site following the November 8, 2016 General Election.  A Ford car key, with CVS and Walgreens cards attached, was found at the Sullivanville Methodist Church, 69 Old Sullivanville Road in Horseheads.  The key was taken to the Board of Elections office.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. If you are missing a key please contact the BOE at 607-737-5475 or come to the Board of Elections office at 378 South Main Street in Elmira.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Special Event Award for their 2015 inaugural Skate with Santa event.  The award will be presented at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 18, 2016 which will be held in Rochester, NY.

On November 27, 2015, the Chemung County Youth Bureau partnered with First Arena to develop the FREE family-friendly Skate with Santa event, which occurred immediately after Community Bank’s Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade.  In further collaboration, the three agencies coordinated their media efforts with Elmira Downtown Development’s Tree Lighting Ceremony to present a cohesive holiday experience for the residents of Downtown Elmira and surrounding counties.  Skate with Santa was a tremendously successful event drawing in hundreds of families to the First Arena.  Participants were provided the use of skates, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, and a holiday activity bag that included an Elmira Jackals hockey ticket, all free of charge.  Overall, the event provided a wonderful enchantment to the existing Downtown Elmira Parade tradition that would not have been possible without the collaboration of all four organizations.

Elmira- It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Elmira than with the annual Downtown Window Decorating Contest, “Home for the Holidays” Tree Lighting Celebration, Annual Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade, Free Skating at First Arena and Breakfast with Santa. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.


We want to know your stories!

Are you a smoker who is thinking of quitting? Or are you a former smoker who successfully quit?

If so, we want to hear from you.

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition is participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. We’d like to feature past and present “quitters” on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Elmira- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) recently held its annual Friends of Extension Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn Elmira – Riverview. 

Several community members received awards for their support of CCE program areas as well as for the entire organization.  Donna Draxler, Chair of the Chemung County Legislature, accepted the Patricia Cusick Friend of Extension Award.  Named for a former lifetime supporter, this is the top award CCE presents for outstanding support over a number of years.  Other award winners for programmatic support included:  Melinda Howard (Friend of 4-H), Chemung County Youth Advocacy Program (Friend of Nutrition and Local Foods), Michael Bowles (Friend of Natural Resources), Jody Buckley/Buckley’s Automotive (Friend of Chemung Volunteer Action Corps), Mark Watts (Friend of Agriculture), Peg Weidemann (Friend of Horticulture), and Tammy Haskell/WENY-TV (Spirit of Extension).

Elmira - The Chemung County Veterans Council  and the City of Elmira will hold the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at Wisner Park at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2016.  A memorial service will also be held at noon at the Woodlawn National Cemetery.

Anyone who served in the U.S. military is encouraged to attend and wear clothing or decorations that identifies his or her military service.

You’d like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but, well, you just need to pick a day.

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

That’s the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans and start living tobacco free.

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving projects:

CR17- Maple Street in the Town of Big Flats will be milled and resurfaced from Bridge Street (I-86 Exit 49) easterly to the Sperr Park trail head parking, approximately ¾ mile with work being completed on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 (milling) and Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 (paving).

CR31 - Mt. Zoar Road in Elmira/Southport will be milled and resurfaced from Arcadia Rd to South Hoffman Street, approximately ½ mile with work being completed on Monday, November 7 (milling) and Tuesday, November 8 (paving).

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces they will completing a drainage project at the intersection of CR64 and Harris Hill Rd, which requires the road be closed beginning Monday, November 7, 2016 for three days.  An offsite detour will be provided. 

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

ELMIRA- On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, a 35 year old, Elmira resident, Sequena Jones was arrested by the Elmira Police Department on an active Arrest Warrant issued out of Elmira City Court for Welfare Fraud 4th Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 

An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Dept. The investigation found that Sequena Jones did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $2,460.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not eligible to receive. 

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. Residents are asked to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions when the forecast calls for winter weather.

“Operating a vehicle is a complex task requiring the driver’s complete attention. Snow and ice conditions create additional layers of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected, random, or challenging conditions for drivers.”

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur when areas of poor drainage receive excessive rainfall, or when storm sewers are clogged with debris preventing rain water to properly drain from streets and yards.

ELMIRA – Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behaviors.  Stopping a child's exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead. 

Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department has been awarded a Performance Incentive Initiative Award of $32,000 from the New York State Health Department for their outstanding success of its Environmental Health Services and Public Health Clinic in meeting performance measures for the 2015-2016 period. 

Chemung County was one of only two counties in all of New York State to receive the highest possible score of 100 based upon the following criteria:

ELMIRA-- Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung County (CCE-Chemung) has announced a meeting for those interested in volunteering to assist with an upcoming solar energy adoption and educational campaign taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Chemung County.

The meeting will be held in the Chemung County Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY 14904) Room 110 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is both free to attend and open to the public, however, registration is encouraged by calling (607) 734-4453.

Town of Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be closing a portion of CR61 - Hillcrest Road to replace a box culvert.  The work will take place in the 100 block of Hillcrest. The work will begin October 13 and is expected to last approximately four weeks.

An offsite detour map is attached.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be extending the closing of North Hoffman Street for an additional week due to complications in the work. Scheduled reopening is now Monday, October 17, 2016.

Detour will remain in place: West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira— Capabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Works."

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2017 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.  This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their coverage.  Health needs and plans can change from year to year. 

Elmira- The Southern Tier Cancer Services Program will be partnering with Arnot Health to offer FREE mammograms, breast exams, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“The key to early detection and successful treatment is screening”, said Denise Argetsinger of the Cancer Services Program.  Cancers that are found early have a 90% treatable and beatable rate.  The cancer services program offers free mammograms to women 40 - 64 who are uninsured as well as to women who have high deductibles.  Uninsured women under the age of 40 who find an abnormality in their breast should also call us.  They also offer pap tests and colorectal screenings to the uninsured and those with high deductibles which is a financial barrier to getting screened.

Elmira – Chemung County has been notified that their application to establish a land bank has been approved by the New York State Empire Development Corporation.  The land bank will serve as an important tool in transforming Elmira’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by converting vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization and foster economic growth.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into several vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout Chemung County and most recently in the Town of Southport and Webbs Mills area; specifically the areas between the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and the Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Sagetown Road area.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everybody to please be vigilant in keeping all vehicles locked, the windows up, as well as sunroofs closed and secured. Also remember not to leave any valuable items in your vehicles. It is also important to remember to keep garages, sheds and other outbuildings secured at all times, as well as doors and windows in your home.


Elmira
– Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

The mission of the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of The Southern Tier is to ensure that all age-appropriate women, despite insurance status, have access to breast cancer screening. Uninsured women who are 40 years of age and older may be able to get breast cancer screening through the Cancer Services Program of The Southern Tier.

Elmira - The City of Elmira Department of Public Works will be closing North Hoffman Street,  Monday, October 3, 2016 at  6:00 AM until October 10, 2016 due to a culvert replacement.

Detour will be West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Elmira - October 14, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in person for the November 8th Presidential Election.  Voter Registration drives will be held at the Chemung County Board of Elections office located at 378 S. Main Street in Elmira.  Dates and times of such registration days are as follows:

• Wednesday, October 5th from 8:30 AM until 8:00 PM

• Saturday, October 15th from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM

The Board of Elections will also be opened additional hours to allow voters to obtain an absentee ballot for the November 8th Election. 

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care presented the Chemung County Age-Friendly awards yesterday to 12 area businesses and organizations at their Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event which was held at the Big Flats Community Center.

Age-Friendly Chemung County is a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages. The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages in our community.

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

County Executive

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Samantha M. Potter  as Chemung County Communications Director.   The Chemung County Legislature approved her position at their March 13, 2017 Legislative Board meeting.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Chemung County Fire Coordinator will join the department’s Fire Chiefs in conferring the diplomas to the graduates.

Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Dan Mandell, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and a march from Wisner Park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 23rd and will end on November 27th. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

Elmira— Capabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Works."

Elmira – Chemung County has been notified that their application to establish a land bank has been approved by the New York State Empire Development Corporation.  The land bank will serve as an important tool in transforming Elmira’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by converting vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization and foster economic growth.

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will sponsor a six- week educational powerful tools training for family and friend caregivers who care for older adults with long-term illnesses.  The trainings will be held on Tuesdays, March 21st and 28th; and April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th; from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY.

The Powerful Tools Training gives caregivers self-care tools to help reduce personal stress, deal more effectively with challenging situations, and communicate more effectively for themselves and for the individual they care for. Participants will receive a free copy of The Caregiver Helpbook. 

Powerful Tools Training is free; however, pre- registration is required by calling 737-5520 no later than March 17th.    

New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties is in need of volunteers to join a team of advocates for residents living in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult care communities.

Ombudsmen advocate for all individuals living in long term care communities by empowering and educating, protecting rights, preserving dignity, and ensuring respect.  Trained volunteers make weekly visits to assigned long term care facilities to listen to residents and ensure their rights.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announces they are seeking applications for two important awards that recognize the businesses, organizations and volunteers who serve our community and improve the lives of all ages. These awards will be presented at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 1st.

ELMIRA- Four business and eight not-for-profit organizations were recently designated Age-Friendly by the Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition.  Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for the next round of Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Awards.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2017 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.  This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their coverage.  Health needs and plans can change from year to year. 

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care presented the Chemung County Age-Friendly awards yesterday to 12 area businesses and organizations at their Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event which was held at the Big Flats Community Center.

Age-Friendly Chemung County is a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages. The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages in our community.

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces they will completing a drainage project at the intersection of CR64 and Harris Hill Rd, which requires the road be closed beginning Monday, November 7, 2016 for three days.  An offsite detour will be provided. 

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving projects:

CR17- Maple Street in the Town of Big Flats will be milled and resurfaced from Bridge Street (I-86 Exit 49) easterly to the Sperr Park trail head parking, approximately ¾ mile with work being completed on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 (milling) and Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 (paving).

CR31 - Mt. Zoar Road in Elmira/Southport will be milled and resurfaced from Arcadia Rd to South Hoffman Street, approximately ½ mile with work being completed on Monday, November 7 (milling) and Tuesday, November 8 (paving).

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. Residents are asked to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions when the forecast calls for winter weather.

“Operating a vehicle is a complex task requiring the driver’s complete attention. Snow and ice conditions create additional layers of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected, random, or challenging conditions for drivers.”

Town of Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be closing a portion of CR61 - Hillcrest Road to replace a box culvert.  The work will take place in the 100 block of Hillcrest. The work will begin October 13 and is expected to last approximately four weeks.

An offsite detour map is attached.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be extending the closing of North Hoffman Street for an additional week due to complications in the work. Scheduled reopening is now Monday, October 17, 2016.

Detour will remain in place: West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira - The City of Elmira Department of Public Works will be closing North Hoffman Street,  Monday, October 3, 2016 at  6:00 AM until October 10, 2016 due to a culvert replacement.

Detour will be West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

DSS
Elmira –   The Chemung County Department of Social Services offices, including Reception, will be closed on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.  Clients will be able to deliver paperwork through the department mailbox which is located on the right hand side of the sidewalk outside the entrance to the building.

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

ELMIRA- On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, a 35 year old, Elmira resident, Sequena Jones was arrested by the Elmira Police Department on an active Arrest Warrant issued out of Elmira City Court for Welfare Fraud 4th Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 

An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Dept. The investigation found that Sequena Jones did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $2,460.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not eligible to receive. 
Fire and Emergency Management

During the week of April 3-6 the National Weather Service, along with other WRN Ambassadors, government agencies, and individuals across the country will be taking the #1 preparedness anyone can take...finding your safe place when extreme weather threatens. 

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Chemung County Fire Coordinator will join the department’s Fire Chiefs in conferring the diplomas to the graduates.

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur when areas of poor drainage receive excessive rainfall, or when storm sewers are clogged with debris preventing rain water to properly drain from streets and yards.

Health Department
As outlined in his newly released Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposes regulating vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and including these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act. i This proposal, along with plans to tax the sale of these products, align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”ii
Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, and the Health Priorities Partnership have updated their Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the health priorities of our community. 

Chemung County chose to focus on the following priorities and area of disparity:
     Priority Area 1:  Prevent Chronic Diseases by reducing illness, disability,
     and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and
     obesity in adults and children.
   
  Priority Area 2:  Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse by
     working to prevent non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.
    
Chemung County also chose to address the following disparity: 
     Under the Prevent Chronic Disease priority area, Chemung County will work
     on decreasing the percentage of low income individuals who use tobacco.

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Dan Mandell, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and a march from Wisner Park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 


We want to know your stories!

Are you a smoker who is thinking of quitting? Or are you a former smoker who successfully quit?

If so, we want to hear from you.

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition is participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. We’d like to feature past and present “quitters” on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
You’d like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but, well, you just need to pick a day.

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

That’s the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans and start living tobacco free.

ELMIRA – Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behaviors.  Stopping a child's exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead. 

Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department has been awarded a Performance Incentive Initiative Award of $32,000 from the New York State Health Department for their outstanding success of its Environmental Health Services and Public Health Clinic in meeting performance measures for the 2015-2016 period. 

Chemung County was one of only two counties in all of New York State to receive the highest possible score of 100 based upon the following criteria:

Elmira- The Southern Tier Cancer Services Program will be partnering with Arnot Health to offer FREE mammograms, breast exams, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“The key to early detection and successful treatment is screening”, said Denise Argetsinger of the Cancer Services Program.  Cancers that are found early have a 90% treatable and beatable rate.  The cancer services program offers free mammograms to women 40 - 64 who are uninsured as well as to women who have high deductibles.  Uninsured women under the age of 40 who find an abnormality in their breast should also call us.  They also offer pap tests and colorectal screenings to the uninsured and those with high deductibles which is a financial barrier to getting screened.


Elmira
– Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

The mission of the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of The Southern Tier is to ensure that all age-appropriate women, despite insurance status, have access to breast cancer screening. Uninsured women who are 40 years of age and older may be able to get breast cancer screening through the Cancer Services Program of The Southern Tier.

Legislative News

Elmira -  Eight members of the Chemung County Legislature joined delegates from all 57 counties and the City of New York at the Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). More than 900 attendees attended meetings, educational forums, keynote addresses, and state budget presentations over the course of the three-day conference held in Albany, January 30 - February 1, 2017.

“The Legislative Conference sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties provides County Legislators with training on government accounting, ethics, and county operations ranging from pre-K funding to Next Generation 911.  Nowhere else would county leaders be able to work together on the issues they face as they strive to plan for the future and provide the services the public needs with ever-shrinking resources. This educational experience is priceless and enables Chemung County to be a leader in innovation and shared services throughout the State.” said Donna Draxler, Chair, Chemung County Legislature. Draxler serves as the Chair of NYSAC’s Resolutions Committee.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) recently held its annual Friends of Extension Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn Elmira – Riverview. 

Several community members received awards for their support of CCE program areas as well as for the entire organization.  Donna Draxler, Chair of the Chemung County Legislature, accepted the Patricia Cusick Friend of Extension Award.  Named for a former lifetime supporter, this is the top award CCE presents for outstanding support over a number of years.  Other award winners for programmatic support included:  Melinda Howard (Friend of 4-H), Chemung County Youth Advocacy Program (Friend of Nutrition and Local Foods), Michael Bowles (Friend of Natural Resources), Jody Buckley/Buckley’s Automotive (Friend of Chemung Volunteer Action Corps), Mark Watts (Friend of Agriculture), Peg Weidemann (Friend of Horticulture), and Tammy Haskell/WENY-TV (Spirit of Extension).

Parks and Recreation

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th, including Monday, May 29th. The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th (including Monday, May 29th). The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 26th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 17, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will begin Monday, April 3rd from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12:00-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY (607)-737-2843, on April 3st and April 4th with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcome at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Office located at 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Saturday, February 4th.  The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily.  No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles) are allowed on the lake.

These activities will remain open as long as the weather permits.  For weather conditions call 607-739-9164. During the winter months there is no entrance fee to Park Station. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2017 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Tuesday, January 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 3th and January 4th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).

Sheriff's Office
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into several vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout Chemung County and most recently in the Town of Southport and Webbs Mills area; specifically the areas between the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and the Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Sagetown Road area.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everybody to please be vigilant in keeping all vehicles locked, the windows up, as well as sunroofs closed and secured. Also remember not to leave any valuable items in your vehicles. It is also important to remember to keep garages, sheds and other outbuildings secured at all times, as well as doors and windows in your home.
Transportation Council
Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

With the extended Arnot Mall hours from December 9th to December 23rd, C TRAN’s Route #9 will depart the Arnot Mall 30 minutes after Mall closing. However, on December 24th and December 31st, the last bus will depart at 6:30 pm. C TRAN buses will not run on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

Elmira - During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 25th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. Some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.
Youth Bureau

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Special Event Award for their 2015 inaugural Skate with Santa event.  The award will be presented at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 18, 2016 which will be held in Rochester, NY.

On November 27, 2015, the Chemung County Youth Bureau partnered with First Arena to develop the FREE family-friendly Skate with Santa event, which occurred immediately after Community Bank’s Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade.  In further collaboration, the three agencies coordinated their media efforts with Elmira Downtown Development’s Tree Lighting Ceremony to present a cohesive holiday experience for the residents of Downtown Elmira and surrounding counties.  Skate with Santa was a tremendously successful event drawing in hundreds of families to the First Arena.  Participants were provided the use of skates, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, and a holiday activity bag that included an Elmira Jackals hockey ticket, all free of charge.  Overall, the event provided a wonderful enchantment to the existing Downtown Elmira Parade tradition that would not have been possible without the collaboration of all four organizations.

Elmira- It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Elmira than with the annual Downtown Window Decorating Contest, “Home for the Holidays” Tree Lighting Celebration, Annual Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade, Free Skating at First Arena and Breakfast with Santa. 
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