Thursday, August 29, 2013

County charter committee will meet again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Monroe County's Charter Review Committee had a couple of basic items on its agenda today: some time for public comments, and an update from its chairman on the research that committee members have been doing.

But nobody showed up to speak. And several committee members said that they are still reviewing their assigned topics, asking questions, and collecting information. During the committee's June meeting, committee members were each assigned specific sections of the county charter and administrative law to review and make recommendations on.

Today's meeting lasted less than half an hour.

The only real discussion centered on getting public input, which all members who spoke said that they wanted. The committee's chair, Gates Town Attorney John DiCaro, said that he reached out to about 30 organizations to solicit comments. A press release sent out yesterday by the Republican caucus said that those organizations included the Monroe County Bar Association, Rochester Business Alliance, Monroe County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association, and UNICON. DiCaro said that the committee should have another public input session "down the road."

Deputy County Executive Dan DeLaus said that that the committee might get a better response by holding an evening meeting. He also said that a lot of people are likely out of town this week, because of the Labor Day holiday.

Earlier in the week, Democratic County Legislator John Lightfoot sent a letter to Legislature President Jeff Adair — both serve on the committee — asking that all future meetings be scheduled during today's meeting. Lightfoot wrote that a clear schedule going forward would give the public a better opportunity to comment.

As DiCaro concluded the meeting, he said he'd be in touch with the committee members to determine how to best proceed with scheduling a September meeting.

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