Rochester, New York — December 19, 2013. Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are blasting County Executive Maggie Brooks and her Legislature allies for manufacturing a crisis with the last minute inclusion of the Children’s Detention Center in the 2014 Capital Budget, which was already defeated last week. Notably, this move comes after it was conclusively shown that the failure of the Capital Budget would not delay the MCC downtown campus, contrary to Republican claims.
“We’ve been asking for information about the Children’s Detention Center for more than a year,” Democratic Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) said. “As recently as last week, this administration refused to share any information about the project with the legislature. But today, with their hysterical claims that MCC downtown campus would be delayed having been proven false, Republicans sunk to a new low. They are now intentionally putting this project in jeopardy by injecting these kids into a plan that has already been defeated and is currently in dispute.”
“It appears the Children’s Detention Center does need to move forward soon in order to safeguard the children and create jobs for our community. We support this project and don’t want to see it entangled in the battle currently being waged over the County Executive’s ability to investigate her own actions. As such, we will make a motion at the special meeting tomorrow to allow an up or down vote on that project alone. If the Republicans are truly interested in doing what’s best for this community and not playing politics to protect their allies from investigation, then they must vote in favor of our motion to separate this project from the Capital Budget and approve it as a stand-alone resolution,” Andrews added.
The special meeting tomorrow will take place at 6:30am. Democrats were provided notice of the meeting at 11:00am today, less than 24 hours before the meeting is scheduled. It is unprecedented for the legislature to hold a meeting at 6:30am.