Democratic Legislators Want Special Committee Formed To Investigate Controversy Over I-Square

Mar 28, 2016

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are calling for a special committee of legislators to be set up to investigate the recent controversy over comments regarding the I-Square development in Irondequoit.

One of those lawmakers is Mark Muoio of Rochester, who says there are a lot of questions about the timing of comments made by the county Republican chairman and a review of the project by a staffer with COMIDA, the county's economic development agency.

Muoio says he's concerned the process used by COMIDA to review compliance with tax incentives was subverted for political gain.

He is asking the county legislature president to establish a special committee to look into the situation.

"Our proposed committee structure is bi-partisan, featuring three members from each caucus of the legislature; it would also incorporate input from private citizens to ensure its work is conducted at the highest standard"

Muoio says if the county legislature president doesn't move the proposal ahead quickly as a matter of urgency, the Democratic lawmakers will bring it up during the usual committee process later in April.

County Executive Cheril Dinolfo is expected to address the issue later Monday afternoon.