Rochester, New York – Democratic appointees to the county’s Compensation Policy Commission (CPC) abstained from voting on its final report yesterday, objecting to the unlawful nature of the Commission as it ignored requirements set out in the highest law of Monroe County, the county charter. The 19 day process was rushed and flies in the face of County Executive-Elect Cheryl Dinolfo’s pledge to run the most ethical and transparent government in the country. Today, Assistant Minority Leader Cynthia Kaleh called on Dinolfo to speak out.
“This pay raise proposal will be the political gift that keeps on giving and then some. Come the next election, the current Sheriff will have the incentive of a guaranteed raise and pension increase whereas any new candidate would be given a significantly lower salary for performing the same duties,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Cynthia Kaleh (28th Legislative District – Rochester). “Given the budgetary impact this will have on the County moving forward, I would hope County Executive-Elect Dinolfo would speak out against this unprecedented and nonsensical pay scheme.”
“In addition to our belief that this ‘sliding scale’ pay schedule recommendation is uncommonly stupid, the entire commission is unlawful and a complete sham, making any recommendation illegitimate,” said CPC member, local attorney, and County Legislator-elect Mark S. Muoio (21st Legislative District – Rochester). “Through no fault of her own, this commission will be a stain going forward for Ms. Dinolfo. During her successful election campaign, she championed an ethical and transparent government time after time. This commission is the opposite, saddling her and taxpayers moving forward and I expect, and I think citizens would welcome, her opposition to this recommendation.”
Not only did the schedule of the Commission contradict the County Charter itself, it also met in a severely abbreviated manner when compared to previous commissions that deliberated for at least six months. Requests for information were denied, as was a request to interview and receive testimony from Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn so that commission members could better understand the role and responsibilities of the office.