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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello is responding to reports that the state’s COVID vaccine ‘czar,’ Larry Schwartz, had reached out to some Democratic leaders asking if they support Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Bello says he pointed Schwartz to his statement, and the County Executive is calling on Cuomo to resign.

In a 20-9 vote, Monroe County legislators approved an amendment to the 2021 budget that would create a $2.5 million “community contingency fund” over which they would have almost total discretion.

The nine legislators that voted against the amendment, all of them Democrats, argued that the change would amount to an election year slush fund. All 29 seats in the county Legislature are on the ballot in 2021.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has proposed a 2021 budget that is essentially flat at $1.2 billion and that drops the average property tax rate by 26 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Bello’s first county budget proposal, introduced during the midst of a pandemic that has injected uncertainty into government spending plans everywhere, if approved as is would be the third consecutive county budget to reduce the property tax rate.

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.