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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo Addresses COMIDA Controversy

By Staff


Cheryl_DinolfoMonroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo addressed controversy surrounding the County of Monroe Industrial Development Authority (COMIDA) and the Irondequoit I-Square Development project on May 24.

COMIDA’s fourth board member resigned this week, after Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich called into question the stability of the I-Square project, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello to the position of Monroe County Clerk, in March.

Reilich had reportedly made the assertion based on information he received from COMIDA.

However, I-Square Developers Mike and Wendy Nolan then disputed the claim, and COMIDA has since rescinded the allegations.

Dinolfo said Tuesday the responsibility for the fallout lay with former assistant county executive Justin Roj, who’d initially released the sensitive information, then later misrepresented his role in the political dust-up.

“Asked about the facts surrounding the disclosure of the information, and how it was made public, Mr. Roj misrepresented his role, and the role of others,” Dinolfo stated. “And, that is why I requested his resignation.”

Dinolfo also apologized to county residents, the Nolans, and COMIDA board members, who she said may possibly have their own integrity compromised, as a result of the controversy.

“First and foremost, to the residents of the county of Monroe, I sincerely apologize that this happened on my watch, and I want you to know that I’m taking steps so that this will never happen again,” she stated. “I also must apologize to COMIDA board members. The COMIDA board does great work, and they will continue to great work. …To the Nolans, and I-Square, I apologize to you, and I sincerely hope that your business, and all the businesses in Monroe County are successful.”

Dinolfo promised to examine putting additional safeguards in place to ensure there would be no similar issues between the county and COMIDA going forward.

She said she expected to have the safeguards in place by July 1.