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Changes Proposed For COMIDA

Jul 13, 2016

Now that the COMIDA board is up to full strength, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is releasing a series of recommendations  for changes at that economic development agency.

They include training for new and existing COMIDA board members and staff;

--Businesses receiving benefits of more than a million dollars to be required to produce a 20 percent increase in jobs, double the current requirement.

--Amending COMIDA bylaws so that matters to be considered by the board be distributed to board members no less than a week in advance of a scheduled board meeting unless it's a matter of urgency.

--posting all agreements made by COMIDA on its website and also implementing term limits for board members.

The recommendations follow controversy earlier this year over the way incentives and oversight were handled for the I-Square project in Irondequoit and allegations of political influence. Several board members resigned but all of the vacancies have now been filled.