Newly appointed Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello was sworn in this morning, and he has big plans for the office.
The former Irondequoit Town Supervisor says his number one priority is quality customer service, but he also wants to develop a task force to address vacant properties county-wide.
"In Irondequoit we were making real progress on the issue of so-called zombie properties which blight our neighborhoods, invite in crime, and bring down property values.
Bello says the clerk's office has the resources to define the problem and help communities come up with best practices for addressing it.
In his speech, the freshly sworn in Bello also gave a shout out to other development projects he oversaw as town supervisor.
"A new consolidated library, a new start for Medley Centre, improved public safety, new festivals and recreation programs, and many many new private sector investments including the incredible, successful, transformational project known as I-Square."
Those in attendance erupted in applause, stood and turned to Mike and Wendy Nolan.
If it seems odd that the developers behind a shopping plaza would get a standing ovation at the swearing in of a new county clerk, consider this:
The I-Square project was criticized by Monroe County Republican Party Chairman Bill Reilich, after Bello, a democrat, was appointed by the governor to the position of Monroe County Clerk.
The last two county clerks, both republicans, went on to be elected county executives. Current Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was absent from the ceremony.