Monroe County cuts ties with Navitech
Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 06:16 PM EST
Rochester, N.Y. - Navitech, the company whose owner is under indictment in a public corruption case, will no longer manage contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Monroe County.
The county and the local development corporations, or LDCs, that oversee these contracts will sever ties with Navitech this spring.
The boards of two LDCs met Thursday morning and announced they plan to cut ties with the company by April 1, or May 1 at the latest.
For years, Navitech has managed two contracts totaling more than $300-million dollars of taxpayer money.
One contract focused on phone, computer, and technology systems. The other handled a county-wide build-up of public safety and security systems.
A key project is nearly complete.
"We've been working on this launch project for several years now and the launch project is nearly 99-point-something percent done and it just seemed a natural termination point with Navitech's contract to finish the launch project and then move on from there," said Hank Stuart, chair of UTS and M3S boards.
But these LDCs came under fire in November when four men were indicted on criminal charges.
One of those men is Navitech's owner, John Maggio, who faces ten criminal charges. These LDCs will now take Navitech's place in managing these projects.
"I think the LDC has a very strong board," said Stuart. "I think it serves its purpose well and I think the LDC will continue as an organization, for sure."
Following the arrests of those four men last year, County Executive Maggie Brooks called on the LDCs to end the contracts with Navitech.
A specific reason as to why that request was made has never been given.
**UPDATE: The lawyers for two men charged in a Monroe County public corruption case are asking the judge to dismiss some of the charges against their clients.
Navitech owner John Maggio's lawyer cited legal issues and statute of limitations problems in arguing that charges be dropped against his client.
Dan Lynch, a salesman and consultant, is named in all 25 counts of the criminal indictment and his lawyer is asking the judge to dismiss 15 of those charges.
A hearing on these requests is scheduled for March.
Read the documents filed by Dan Lynch's lawyer here and here.