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Two projects influenced Irondequoit race

by Evan White

Irondequoit, N.Y. -- Republican town supervisor Mary Joyce DAurizio has already congratulated the person wholl take her seat at the head as town leader.

She has also reflected on two of the largest projects of recent memory, developments that are part of the reason her re-election bid failed. A tax agreement for the Medley Center redevelopment was signed before she took office, but after its developer Scott Congel, failed to make payments to town government, schools or show great progress in the project itself -- taxpayers held it against her.

It has gone through an evolution that I dont think anyone totally understands as needs of the markets have changed based on the recession, said DAurizio.

Supervisor-elect Adam Bello, a Democrat, said he will do a better job moving the project ahead.

In the last year or so hes been missing these milestones, there just hasnt seemed to be any accountability, stated Bello.

I-Square is a redevelopment of the towns corridor at Cooper Road and Titus Avenue that will feature restaurants, art gallery, retail and office space.

Its creating a whole new area for our neighborhood, its going to be a real nice area for Irondequoit, said Brian Shutt, a resident who voted for Bello.

A lot of other areas have things like that, like Fairport, or Pittsford and Irondequoit has been lacking in that and I think this is going to be that little push.

Developer Mike Nolan was frustrated with DAurizios administration because it took the town longer to approve a tax agreement than he felt it should.

We were trying to protect taxpayers, DAurizio said, its important we do that.

Bello said DAurizio entered into a good tax break agreement with Nolan for I-Square.

I like the ultimate deal that was reached, Bello said. I do think the administration could have been more engaging with the developers.

DAurizio plans to retire from politics.

Im honestly now going to be able to spend more time with family.

In the past year, DAurizio has coped with breast cancer, and dealt grieved over the deaths of her 28-year-old son, Bradley Smith and her brother, Garrett Fisher.

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