Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brooks, Vacco address LDC probe

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

During a press conference held late Wednesday afternoon, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said that the two county-affiliated local development corporations at the center of a state Attorney General's investigation will sever their ties with their key contractor, Navitech.

The company's founders and owners, John Maggio and Daniel Lynch, were arrested and arraigned yesterday on several charges. An indictment unsealed earlier Wednesday afternoon alleges that the pair were part of a bid-rigging scheme. Brooks husband, Robert Wiesner, and the county's former chief information technology officer, Nelson Rivera, were also charged and arraigned this afternoon were allegedly also involved in aspects of that scheme. 

Brooks said that the two local development corporations, Upstate Telecommunications Corporation and Monroe Safety and Security Systems, help the county perform important functions in cost-effective ways.

And during the press conference, former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco, who the county hired to review the LDCs' operations, said that he'd recommended three key reforms. Severing the contract with Navitech is one. The county will also review the LDCs' relationships with all subcontractors implicated in the attorney general's investigation, he said. And county Public Safety Director David Moore will directly oversee the county's relationships with the LDC's.

As for the charges facing Wiesner, Brooks didn't say much.

"There's two things I don't talk about: personnel issues and personal issues,"  she said.

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