Monday, December 16, 2013

Week Ahead: Dems push independent LDC probe; charter school renewals

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Today, a County Legislature committee will take up a Democratic proposal to create a special committee to take over the internal investigation into local development corporations.

To ensure that  the  Legislature considers the proposal, Democrats voted last week against borrowing for the county’s annual capital project plan. Such measures need a two-thirds majority to pass, and Republicans are one vote shy  of  being
click to enlarge Carrie Andrews. - FILE PHOTO
  • Carrie Andrews.
able to pass the borrowing legislation on their own.

The county administration has hired an outside law firm to assist with ongoing state and federal investigations into county-linked local development corporations. One of the firm’s partners, former state Attorney General Dennis Vacco, is leading an internal investigation into the LDC’s. Democrats say that the Legislature should lead the internal probe.

During last week’s Legislature meeting, Democratic Minority Leader Carrie Andrews said that her caucus has tried, unsuccessfully, for months to get information relating to the internal probe. Previously, Democrats had asked for a report of Vacco’s findings.

The committee meets at 6 p.m. at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street.

On Tuesday, the Monroe County Industrial Development Agency board will vote on a package of tax breaks for Marketplace Mall.

The mall’s owner plans to spend $30 million to redevelop Bon-Ton, the former DSW building, and other nearby land, according to a project description posted on the COMIDA site. The site will be built out to accommodate a new, unidentified anchor tenant. 

The incentive package, which includes mortgage, property, and sales tax abatements, is worth approximately $1.1 million. Rush-Henrietta Central School District officials object to the incentive package.

The COMIDA board meets at noon at the Watts Conference Center, 49 South Fitzhugh Street. Jeremy Moule 

The Rochester school board will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. today to get input on renewal applications for two charter schools: Urban Choice and Rochester Academy. Urban Choice has about 400 students in grades K-8, and plans to stay at about this level for the next five years. Rochester Academy has about 360 students in grades 7-12 and plans to grow to about 780 students in five years.

The board will also hold its monthly business meeting right after the hearings. The meeting is earlier this month due to the holidays. The hearings and the board meeting are at the board’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. Tim Louis Macaluso 

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