Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats to Vote in Favor of MCC Downtown Campus Contracts

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Rochester, New York — December 17, 2013.  Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature will vote in favor of two contracts for the MCC downtown campus during tonight’s meeting of the Recreation and Education Committee. The legislation proposed by the County Executive would authorize contracts with LaBella Associates for design services and DiMarco Constructors LLC to provide design phase and construction phase construction management services.

The contracts total almost $7 million and are the first steps towards designing and constructing the new downtown campus. Funding for the contracts is contained in capital fund 1665, which according to page 415 of the 2014 County Budget has $24 million available to pay for the downtown campus.

“This caucus is pleased to support these two contracts so the work at MCC can finally begin,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) said. “The notion that the MCC project is being held up is a complete misrepresentation of reality. The truth is we have $24 million available for the project from the 2012 Capital Budget and only $7 million in proposed contracts, leaving a balance of $17 million to be spent on future contracts.”

“Republicans should be embarrassed for trying to use this project and MCC’s students as pawns in their effort to continue allowing the County Executive to investigate her own actions. They need to reevaluate their course of action. As we vote in favor of these contracts tonight, we would hope that they will consider the value in compromise and working together to protect taxpayers and restore the community’s faith in their representatives,” Andrews added.