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County Executive Adam Bello.
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An independent commission would draw new boundary lines for Monroe County’s 29 legislative districts based on 2020 Census data under legislation proposed Monday by County Executive Adam Bello.

But the measure is poised to be rejected by legislators, including those in his own Democratic Party.

“I don’t support it,” said Vince Felder, leader of the Legislature’s Democratic minority.

Republican Majority Leader Steve Brew went a step further.

“I predict that it’s DOA,” Brew said.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has created the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which is dedicated to creating more equity in Monroe County. 

The new department will be led by a chief diversity officer and will create at least four new positions. The new positions will review county contracts, policies, and strategies with a goal, Bello said, of combating all forms of bias. 

Bello vetoes bill to boost Board of Elections staffing

Jun 3, 2020
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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Wednesday announced that he has vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have added six staff positions to the county Board of Elections during what is shaping up to be a hectic election year.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello says the county will be extending the due date for the third installment of Town and County real property taxes from March 31 to April 30.

He also prohibited the in-person payment of real property taxes at all County and Town facilities during this State of Emergency.

After declaring a local State of Emergency on Saturday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello issued the following statement regarding the closing of all Monroe County school districts:

“After consultation with Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza and the Superintendents of all 22 Monroe County School Districts, all Monroe County public schools will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello is announcing appointments to several top jobs in his administration one of them means that the town of Irondequoit will need a new police chief.

Richard Tantalo will become public safety director for Monroe County. He has served as police chief in Irondequoit since 2013 and has spent more than 30 years with that police department.

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A bipartisan effort is under way in Monroe County to repeal a newly enacted law that made intentionally annoying a police officer or first responder a misdemeanor.

Among the legislators now looking to undo the law is its original Republican sponsor, Legislator Karla Boyce, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announcing the push.

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Incoming Monroe County Executive Adam Bello is being sworn in Saturday morning.

Bello was elected in November, defeating incumbent Republican Cheryl Dinolfo and he becomes the first Democrat to lead the county in nearly 30 years.

The ceremony will be held at 10am in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. A statement from his office says that Bello, who is the former county clerk, will highlight the goals of his new term as county executive, as well as call for compromises and a resolve to work for all the citizens of the county.

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The Green Light Law took effect on Monday in New York state. The law allows people who do not have social security numbers to apply for drivers’ licenses, which will help people who are undocumented immigrants. 

New York is now the 13th state to enact such a law. Anu Joshi with New York Immigration Coalition says it is win for immigrant New Yorkers.

Monroe County government is getting ready for some big changes.

With Adam Bello, the first Democratic County Executive in about 30 years elected this month, there will obviously be changes in the top ranks of county government, since Bello will have the opportunity to put his own team in place.

On Tuesday, long time Monroe County Parks Director Larry Staub announced he will be retiring after December 17. Staub says with the new administration coming in, it’s a good time to step down and let the incoming county executive put his own person in that position.