Monroe County Legislature approves deals with Red Wings, jail deputies and airport firefighters

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The Monroe County Legislature has approved three major agreements recently with the Red Wings, jail deputies and airport firefighters. 

In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the Legislature authorized Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s new long-term lease agreement between Monroe County and Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. for the use of Frontier Field. The Legislature also approved Dinolfo’s new collective bargaining agreements with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Airport Firefighters Association. 

New Lease to Keep Red Wings at Frontier Field: 

The Legislature approved a new lease between Monroe County and Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. for the use of Frontier Field. The lease term is ten years, from 2018 to 2028, and includes a mutual option for another ten-year renewal thereafter.

Under the terms of the agreement, Rochester Community Baseball will provide Monroe County $100,000 per year in rent payments. Monroe County will also continue to receive revenues generated from the naming rights agreement with Frontier and from parking.

The lease also provides that Monroe County will continue to make capital improvements to Frontier Field in accordance with International League and Major League Baseball standards. The lease additionally sets various expense and revenue sharing arrangements, including those for ticketing, advertising, and maintenance. 

The approved lease will now be subject to an upcoming public hearing before being officially executed by Dinolfo. 

New Labor Contract for Jail, Civil Deputies 

The Legislature has approved a new collective bargaining agreement between Monroe County and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA). The DSA represents nearly 450 jail and civil Deputies serving in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The new agreement, which runs through December 31, 2022, sets wages and benefits for all DSA members. The new contract guarantees jail and civil deputies will receive a raise every year going forward, for an average of 1.5% annually over the life of the contract.

Deputies will also receive healthcare coverage under Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s BluePoint2 Value 2 Plan. The Deputy Sheriff's Association is one of four labor organizations representing Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies. 

New Labor Contract for Airport Firefighters 

The Legislature has approved a new collective bargaining agreement between Monroe County and the Monroe County Airport Firefighters Association - IAFF Local 1636. The Airport Firefighters Association represents nearly two dozen professional firefighters serving the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC).

The new agreement, which runs through December 31, 2022, sets wages and benefits for all Airport Firefighters Association members. The new contract guarantees airport firefighters will receive a raise every year going forward, with an average of 1.4% annually over the next five years. Airport firefighters will also receive healthcare coverage under Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s BluePoint2 Value 2 Plan. 


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