Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats Call on Brooks to Correct Inaccurate Comments

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Rochester, New York – June 21, 2013.  Democrats in the County Legislature are calling on County Executive Maggie Brooks to correct her repeated claims that one of our peer counties—Onondaga—was not reviewed as part of the recent State Comptroller’s report on the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The report identified Monroe County as being in “significant fiscal stress,” the most severe rating.

“Contrary to the repeated assertions by the County Executive that none of our peer counties were evaluated, Onondaga was given a rating of “no designation” because they have a fiscal stress score of only 15.8%,” Legislator Paul Haney (D-Rochester) said.

Onondaga County is the home of Syracuse and a large urban population, similar to Rochester and Monroe County. Monroe County’s fiscal stress score is 82.1%. Democrats also pointed out that both Erie and Nassau Counties have been placed under fiscal control boards which largely take over significant financial planning decisions for the municipalities. 

“Onondaga County is probably our most comparable peer in the entire state, the County Executive is right about that,” Haney added. “But that’s all the more reason to be alarmed that Monroe County’s fiscal stress score is so bad. We hope the County Executive will work the County Legislature and the Comptroller to find ways that we can resolve this County’s chronic budget problems.”

Democrats also pointed out that the inclusion or exclusion of other counties from this report has no impact on the County’s designation as being under significant fiscal stress, it may merely make Monroe the second or third worst County on the list.