Rochester, New York – Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are pleased to hear amendments to County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s draft Office of Public Integrity legislation were announced today, including subpoena power, a set term for the office’s director, and a prohibition from involvement in partisan political activities, all recommendations made by Democratic legislators during the committee process.
“Today’s changes mirror some of the most important points that I and my colleagues raised when this was discussed in committee,” Legislator Mark Muoio (D – Rochester) said. “I am pleased that our suggestions were heard by the administration and the original proposal, which we were unable to support due to its lack of independence, has been so significantly strengthened through the legislative process.”
At the Legislature’s Agenda/Charter committee last month, Democratic legislators provided the administration with information from the national Association of Inspectors General regarding best practices in use throughout the country. Most of the newly strengthened OPI proposal reflects the Association’s recommendations.
“County Executive Dinolfo promised a new and more open Monroe County government, and on this issue, she has delivered,” said Minority Leader Cynthia W. Kaleh (D – Rochester). “When Democratic legislators and members of the public responded to her proposal with concerns and suggestions, the vast majority of them were incorporated. I am proud that we were able to contribute to crafting a more independent Office of Public Integrity, and look forward to continuing to find common ground with the Executive.”