Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Legislator wants schools representative on COMIDA board

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Over the past year or so, the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency has approved tax-incentive packages for businesses over the objections of local school district officials.

Most recently, COMIDA's board approved an incentive package for an expansion at Marketplace Mall over the objection of the Rush-Henrietta school district. In June 2012, representatives of the Greece school district objected to incentives for renovations at Greece Ridge Mall. But district, COMIDA, and mall representatives were able to hammer out a compromise in that instance.

Now, Democratic County Legislator Justin Wilcox says he wants Monroe County school districts represented on COMIDA's board. He has sent a letter to County Legislature President Jeff Adair requesting that Adair fill a vacant seat on the board with someone recommended by the Monroe County School Boards Association.

Rosalind Gerbracht recently resigned from the COMIDA board, which created the vacancy. 

“By soliciting a new COMIDA board member from the school boards association, this county will show that we believe in an inclusive, responsive government," Wilcox said in a press release. "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.” 

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