Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats Block Capital Budget, Demand Independent Internal LDC Review

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Rochester, New York — December 10, 2013.  Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have for months been denied requests for information and for years seen their LDC reform proposals stifled with no debate. In response to this extensive history, Democrats have blocked passage of the county’s Capital Budget until the County Executive and her administration are no longer overseeing the internal investigation into LDC misconduct. Democrats have submitted a proposal to create a Legislative Committee to take over the investigation in a bipartisan manner, which will be considered at the Agenda/Charter Committee meeting on December 16.

“Everyone has a line in the sand,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) said. “After years of being stifled and months of having our legitimate requests for information denied, we can no longer stand idly by while the County Executive investigates herself. As a caucus, we believe that while the criminal investigations are ongoing, the Legislature must take over the internal review. To allow otherwise would be to jeopardize the very foundation of our government and we will not let that happen.”

“The idea that the people who created this environment will now be able to perform an unbiased review of their own actions is not credible. It’s time for the legislature to step in and exercise its oversight responsibilities,” Andrews added.