Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Legislator Proposes School Board Apointee to COMIDA Board

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Rochester, New York — February 25, 2014.  Monroe County Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton) has sent a letter to President Jeff Adair requesting that he fill a vacant seat on the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) Board with a member recommended by the Monroe County School Boards Association.

“Our school boards deserve a voice on the COMIDA Board,” Wilcox said. “As the primary economic development tool for our county, COMIDA must begin to regain the faith of residents and dispel any notion that they are merely a rubber stamp for well-financed interests. Tax break deals are now raising serious questions from the Medley Center in Irondequoit to Marketplace Mall in Henrietta and it’s time we take action.”

Section 856-2 of the New York State General Municipal Law specifically provides that Industrial Development Agency board members “may include representatives of local government, school boards, organized labor and business.” The President of the Legislature is responsible for recommending an appointee for the COMIDA board to the full legislature for confirmation.

“By soliciting a new COMIDA board member from the school boards association, this county will show that we believe in an inclusive, responsive government. The perception of COMIDA must be changed and we must ensure all of their projects are subject to rigorous review. This proposed action will be a powerful first step towards that goal,” Wilcox added.

Please find the letter attached.