Monday, February 1, 2016

Week ahead: Another LDC plea deal in the works?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 9:49 AM

One of the two remaining defendants in a bid-rigging trial involving two county-linked local development corporations, will be in court on Wednesday to discuss a possible plea deal, rep orts the Democrat and Chronicle.

Nelson Rivera, former county information services director, oversaw the contract for the Upstate Telecommunications Corporation LDC and helped develop plans that led to the creation of the Monroe Security and Safety Systems LDC.

Local development corporations are quasi-governmental entities formed to perform specific tasks for governments; in this case, they handled computer and office equipment upgrades and public safety communications systems upgrades, respectively.

Two other defendants have already taken plea deals. Robert Wiesner, husband of former County Executive Maggie Brooks, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge last week. By taking the plea, he avoided jail time and will pay $8,000 in fines and forfeitures.

John Maggio, an accountant for the firm hired to run both local development corporations, previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and will be sentenced in the spring. He has also agreed to cooperate with and testify for the state Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting the bid-rigging case.

Whether the other remaining defendant, Daniel Lynch, has a plea deal in the works is unknown at this point. BY JEREMY MOULE

The Rochester City School District will hold a public meeting on the second phase of the Facilities Modernization Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2. The program is a $1.2 billion reconstruction of aging city school buildings, and the meeting provides an opportunity for public input. It will be held at East High School, 1801 East Main Street. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

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