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Chemung County Legislator Honored for Completing County Government Institute


The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) honored Chemung County Legislator John Burin (9th District) for graduating from the County Government Institute at a ceremony held during the association’s annual Fall Seminar in Oneida County last week.


Burin was joined at the ceremony by two other graduates: Allegany County Administrator Carissa Knapp, and Warren County Assistant to the County Administrator Tammie DeLorenzo.

From left: NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario, Carissa Knapp, Tammie DeLorenzo, John Burin, and NYSAC Immediate Past President Michael Zurlo


“The education opportunities offered by the County Government Institute are second to none. CGI offers a variety of educational topics with seasoned professionals sharing their expertise. CGI understands time restraints and offers a web-based learning opportunity with high-level education at the student’s leisure. CGI is a wonderful asset for all government officials,” said Burin.


Burin has served Chemung County residents for more than 35 years in town, city and county government. He is a past president of the NYS City/County Managers Association, and has served on the Industrial Development Agency Board, Chemung County Planning Board as well as an officer with several municipal organizations.


The County Government Institute is a collaboration between NYSAC and Cornell University that provides training to county leaders on topics including building consensus, financial management, ethics, management, and the foundations of county government. 


“By completing the County Government Institute coursework, graduates demonstrate a commitment to excellence in local government that is at the heart of our association’s mission,” said NYSAC President Daniel P. McCoy. “The skills and knowledge they acquire is a great asset to them and the communities they serve. On behalf of our entire association, I offer my congratulations.” 


"The County Government Institute provides local government leaders and officials with the tools necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “They now join the ranks of dozens of County Government Institute graduates who are making a positive impact in communities across the state.”


CGI courses are offered at the annual Fall Seminar, as well as the winter Legislative Conference and County Finance School in May. Courses are also offered virtually or regionally throughout the year to enable county leaders to stay up-to-date on timely issues and opportunities in local government. 


Elected and appointed county officials can register for the Institute and actively participate in its programs, policy forums and informational sessions. For more information about the County Government Institute, visit




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