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Elmira Native to Announce County Legislature Bid

03/24/2018
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Griffin Haas WENY

Keenan, an Elmira Southside native, said he is looking to "Bring honest, ethical, moral and fair government to Chemung County." Keenan has spent his career working for various non-profit organizations and is currently a grassroots organizer for New York Progressive Action Network.

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Chemung County's twelfth legislative district will see new name on the ballot

03/24/2018
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Julio Avila WETM

Keenan has held various human-services jobs, ranging from job-teaching skills for the disabled, child abuse cases and helping inmates reintegrate into society.

He said those skills will help him if elected legislator.

"They've taught me that you need to sit down and keep your mouth shut and listen to what people have to say," Keenan said. "If you listen to what people have to say, they're going to tell you what they need and then your job is to help them make that happen."

Some of the issues on his list he wants to address: poverty, health, the opioid epidemic and the environment. Jobs are also on his list, saying the county could benefit from renewable-energy sector jobs.

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Health concerns at Elmira High School focus of meeting

04/10/2018
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Jeff Murrary

Peter Keenan was a two-sport standout when he attended what was then Elmira Southside High school in the early 1990s.

Today, Keenan has days when he's happy just to be able to get out of bed.

Keenan, who graduated from Southside in 1994, suffers from autoimmune disorders that led to an array of health problems, and he believes exposure to long-buried industrial waste beneath the school property is the culprit.

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Elmira High School health concerns: "A heavy area of pollution"

04/13/2018
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Brooke Taylor, WETM

"The second half of my senior year, I got sick and ended up staying home from school," Peter Keenan, a former graduate, said.

Keenan played football for Elmira in '94, which was the first year the grass field was used for home games, and an area linked to high levels of PCB.

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Elmira residents form coalition to fight EHS contamination

05/22/2018
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Brandon Menard, WENY

"One person saying this needs to get cleaned up isn't going to help," said Elmira High School graduate, Peter Keenan. "But a thousand, five thousand. It's not just one voice shouting into the void. It's a huge voice. It's five thousand voices. So that's why it's important."

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In local visit, Nixon woos Ithaca progressives

06/03/2018
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Nick Reynolds

She began with a discussion with Peter Keenan, a current candidate for the Chemung County Legislature and an alumnus of the highly toxic Southside High School in Elmira, which he attributed to a near-deadly disease he has been living with since he graduated in the early-1990s. Saying this is a story she has heard more and more often in her travels around the state, Nixon used this example to attack the state’s response to crises like that in Hoosick Falls, which discovered pollutants in its water back in 2014 in an issue that, to this day, has yet to be fully resolved.

“We have to stop this when it starts,” Nixon said. “We are all paying such a price, whether it’s in conditions like yours or like after Superstorm Sandy… we’re paying millions and millions of dollars for this and we need to stop corporations from running amok.”

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