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In an ongoing battle between the Republican controlled County Legislature and the Democrat County Executive things came to a head as miscommunication appeared to be the order of the day.
“The County Legislature leadership came to me with an ultimatum, either I could choose where the money came from for their fund or they had the votes lined up to slash County departments to make it happen,” Bello stated.
“I worked in good faith to protect the taxpayers of our community to identify areas that would ensure the least amount of damage to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other critical programs and services. To suggest that creating this fund was my idea is outrageous, not true and defies logic. Taxpayers deserve better than politics as usual, and I will stand up for taxpayers every day of the week,” Bello continued.
“Tonight’s override vote, scheduled with less than 15 minutes notice and after regular business hours, represents the old way of operating County government. This is just the latest example of the County Legislature prioritizing their power and political games over the residents of Monroe County,” he concluded.