Rochester, New York — April 8, 2014. According to documents obtained by Democrats in the County Legislature, it appears the County Executive has decided to have the county take over the work previously performed by Navitech Services Corporation, the entity at the center of the LDC debacle and the prime contractor for UTC and M3S LDCs. This means the county will be contracting with the LDCs, and then entering into another contract with the LDCs to provide them with management services, creating a circular loop that raises questions about why the LDCs are still needed.
“These LDCs have been shrouded in secrecy since day one,” Democratic Leader Carrie M. Andrews (D-Rochester) said. “The public deserves to know what is going on. The only thing that is clear is that these LDCs have wasted a great deal of taxpayer money, as each and every independent review has shown.”
Minority Leader Andrews has sent the County Executive a letter requesting information about how this new LDC structure will operate. Additionally, the county has previously said the Navitech contracts were to be terminated on either April 1 or May 1 of 2014, but little information has been provided since then. The letter from Minority Leader Andrews also requests all agreements between Navitech and the county or LDCs related to the contract cancellation.
“We should be able to tell our constituents what is going on with these significant sums of public money. Given everything that’s taken place thus far with the LDCs, one would hope our Republican colleagues would be interested in going above and beyond to provide as much transparency as possible. Unfortunately, they won’t even tell the public what the ‘irregularities’ were that led to the decision to cancel the Navitech contract. Everyone deserves to know much more about these LDCs than has been provided to date,” Andrews added.
The revelation about the county assuming control of the Navitech contract was contained in the most recent audited financial statements for UTC and M3S, which states that “the County will undertake the services previously provided by Navitech upon execution of an amendment to the Service Agreement.”