Monroe County Government

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A proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco products in Monroe County did not make it out of committee at a county legislature meeting on Monday.

That proposal by Democratic legislator LaShay Harris lost in a 3 to 2 vote along party lines in the Agenda/Charter committee.

Several organizations spoke, including the American Heart Association, speaking in support of the measure, and the New York State Vapor Association, which was opposed.

Tianna Manon

The Republican Majority Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature is demanding an investigation of how documents are treated at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the County Clerk's office.

This week, News10NBC reported that documents containing personal information were simply thrown away instead of properly disposed of at the Henrietta and Irondequoit branches.

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There will be Red Wings baseball at Frontier Field, as originally planned this season.

That news came down late Monday afternoon, as Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver who is the CEO for Rochester Community baseball, announced a 10 year deal from now through 2028 with an option to renew it for another 10 years after that.

County blocks $2.6 million state grant

Jan 26, 2018

Monroe County recently turned down a $2.6 million grant from the state that would have helped poor parents accused of neglect keep their children. The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services would have awarded Monroe County's Public Defender’s office the money but the County blocked the grant, saying they don’t want to protect parents’ interests at the expense of the child’s well-being.

Monroe County has the highest fiscal stress of any municipality in the state. That according to the latest survey on fiscal stress released by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

The latest information is based on financial details provided to the comptroller by local governments as of August 31.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked a lot about jobs and the economy in her first State of the County address on Wednesday night.

She delivered it at the site of what will be MCC’s new downtown campus this fall, next to Kodak’s headquarters on State Street. Dinolfo first took office in January 2016, but did not give a State of the County address last year.

Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello has expressed concerns in the past month about fee waivers processed by the previous administration. He says when Cheryl Dinolfo was County Clerk, her office waived fees for a targeted group of individuals in the amount of $35,000. Bello says there should not be favoritism for anyone in government. Dinolfo says fees were waived as an expression of good customer service.

Adam Bello joins us in studio to discuss the controversy. We also invited Cheryl Dinolfo to join the conversation, but her office declined the invitation.

We discuss the plea deal related to an LDC case made by Bob Wiesner, former security director for the Monroe County Water Authority and husband of former County Executive Maggie Brooks.

The story raises continued questions about ethics in county government. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has issued a proposal to create an Office of Public Integrity, but some say it's not enough, since the proposal would allow Dinolfo to appoint and fire the director of the office. Our guests discuss what an ethics office should look like. In studio:

  • David Riley, civic engagement reporter, Democrat and Chronicle
  • James Sheppard, Monroe County legislator and former director of the City of Rochester's Office of Public Integrity

*Correction: The County Legislature will vote on the County Executive's proposal in March, not on Tuesday, February 9, as indicated in the podcast. 

We sit down with the outgoing leader of the Monroe County Democrats in the county legislature, as well as her replacement, to talk county business: taxes, child care funding, and how Democrats hope to get along more effectively with Republicans in this new term. Republicans were invited to join this panel and declined. Our guests:

  • Carrie Andrews, former minority leader of the legislature who was term-limited out of office
  • Cindy Kaleh, new minority leader

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Cheryl Dinolfo is running for County Executive. She was formally endorsed by the Monroe County Republican Committee at their headquarters on Thursday. Dinolfo says she's already shown fiscal responsibility through her work as a county clerk.

"Through hard work and innovation, I have returned over 30 million dollars to county tax payers - a record surplus - to help keep property taxes stable."

Dinolfo says she would carry those values with her to the County Executive Office.