(Update – Dec. 14) – Monroe County legislators voted Wednesday to use $52,000 in funds County Clerk Adam Bello hoped to use for a new downtown DMV, to instead pay for county daycare subsidies.
While Republican legislators touted the efficacy of adding budget funds to the daycare program, Bello said in a statement Wednesday that legislators had chosen “politics over those in need.”
The funds will reportedly fail to fund additional daycare subsidies, but instead cover an existing budget deficit.
(From Dec. 13) – Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello has said he is optimistic the Monroe County Legislature will vote to include funds in the county’s 2017 budget for a new, full-time Department of Motor Vehicles in downtown Rochester.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Bello stated during a press conference Tuesday.
The last full-time DMV the county operated in downtown Rochester closed in 2003.
As an alternative, the county currently operates a mobile DMV, with limited hours, in the City Place building, on the corner of W. Main and Fitzhugh Streets, downtown.
Other, full-time DMV locations are presently operated in Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit.
“It’s also a matter of fairness,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “We represent 210,000 people in the city of Rochester. Two hundred and ten thousand, and, to not have a permanent location for the DMV is just wrong.”
According to Bello, the new DMV would be located in City Place, and serve as a replacement for the county’s current mobile DMV office in the building.
Bello said revenue from the new location would allow the county to break even on the cost of the project.
County Legislators are scheduled to vote on the county’s budget Tuesday evening.