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Republicans shoot down second internal review
Rochester, N.Y. - A proposal to conduct an investigation of Monroe County's controversial local development corporations failed to move out of committee Monday night.
Republicans voted down the measure calling it politically motivated.
Democrats pitched it claiming the investigation being conducted by the lawyer hired by County Executive Maggie Brooks represents a conflict of interest.
There has been no independent investigation by the legislature, said Justin Wilcox, a democratic legislator.
The state attorney general is looking into allegations of bid rigging linked to the LDCs.
That investigation has already resulted in several indictments.
Brooks brought on former Attorney General Dennis Vacco to sort out the irregularities.
Republican Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello says the AGs investigation coupled with Vaccos review will prove sufficient.
They have their own interviews to do and we would be redundant in asking people who are currently helping, Tucciarello.
Democrats say they will not approve bonding for any projects until the legislature produces some review process that answers to the legislators.