Following a controversy over the release of sensitive information which resulted in the resignations of several County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency board members, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has released several recommendations designed to increase transparency within the county agency.
In May, Dinolfo promised she would put additional safeguards in place, to ensure there would be no similar issues between the county and COMIDA going forward.
The county legislature confirmed the board’s final new appointment July 12, and Dinolfo announced the new recommendations July 13.
“I want to thank Chairwoman Ann Burr for the good work COMIDA is doing, as well as taking the time to work with me on these recommendations,” she stated. “The goal of these recommendations is to establish improvement of the practices and procedures used by both the county and the agency, as we work together on a shared mission of economic development in Monroe County.”
Dinolfo’s proposed recommendations are as follows:
- The training of all new board members, and annual training for existing COMIDA board members and staff, as well as county employees involved in economic development;
- businesses receiving benefits of more than $1,000,000 be required to produce a 20 percent increase in jobs, double the current requirement;
- amending the COMIDA bylaws so that matters to be considered by the board shall be distributed to the board members no less than one week in advance of any scheduled board meeting, unless a matter of urgency is determined by the board;
- online posting of all agreements and PILOTS made by COMIDA on its website; and,
- amending the COMIDA bylaws to institute term limits for board members.
Dinolfo thanked past board chairwoman Theresa Mazzullo, and former board members for their work on the board, and said the county is currently “committed to continuing an open dialogue with new COMIDA Chairwoman Ann Burr, as well as the full COMIDA board.”