Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats Call for Charter Review Commission

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Rochester, New York – March 25, 2013.  Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have proposed the creation of a Charter Review Commission to update and modernize the Monroe County Charter. The Commission is required by law to be empaneled every five years by the County Legislature. However, the last Commission appears to have been appointed in 1992, more than twenty years ago. 

Sponsored by Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton), the legislation would empanel a commission to review the County Charter and Administrative Code, which are the bedrock of County Law.  The Commission would then make recommendations to the legislature about possible changes.

“A Charter review is now more than 15 years overdue, according to county law,” Legislator Wilcox said. “This raises real question about whether the Charter is up-to-date and serving its purpose. If the provision requiring a charter review commission every five years is unreasonable or unneeded, then the commission can recommend that the Legislature do away with that requirement.” 

The legislation will be considered during tonight’s meeting of the Legislature’s Agenda/Charter Committee, which begins at 6pm and meets on the fourth floor of the Monroe County Office Building.