LDC Board Moves To Throw Out Contract With Navitech

- The board of one of the local development corporations voted to begin severing ties with a company whose president was arrested last week. 

Upstate Telecommunications Company (UTC) was formed by Monroe County several years ago to update the county's computer and electronic networks. It hired Navitech to do much of that business. Last week, the head of Navitech was arrested in connection with an alleged bid-rigging scheme. Now, UTC is cutting ties with the subcontractor as soon as possible.

In a meeting Monday, UTC welcomed its newest board member, Monroe County Public Safety Director and former RPD Chief David Moore. Moore was appointed by County Executive Maggie Brooks after the arrests last week. Afterward the LDC board went behind closed doors. 

"It's one of the problems we've always had with these LDC boards is that they don't operate transparently. They go into executive session. We are not privy into what occurs in there and that's been problematic for us for a long time," Democratic legislator Carrie Andrews said.

UTC motioned to end its contract with Navitech. Last week, an outside attorney hired by the county found he calls irregularities with Navitech and recommended that the county sever ties.

"The action seems to be totally insufficient action to remedy the problems that are existing now with the LDCs," Andrews said.

Michael DiPrima, who represents Navitech, maintains the company did nothing wrong.

"We are pretty certain, based on the annual audits and reviews that are done of Navitech's works, that there are no irregularities. In fact, the performance of this contract has been exceptional over the past several years," he said.

"The public wants answers and deserves answers," Andrews said. 

The second LDC connected to the criminal allegations is Monroe Security and Safety Systems (M3S). They will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. 

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