Proposed Legislation To Stop County Employees From Working For LDCs

By News 8

Published 03/13 2014 02:37PM

Updated 03/13 2014 05:39PM

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature say county employees should not be allowed to work for local development corporations. 

Democratic legislators introduced a proposal that would stop county employees from working for any LDC contractor or subcontractors for at least two years after leaving county offices. The legislation comes amid the state investigation into the county's use of LDCs, which has resulted in the arrest of three different former county officials in an alleged bid-rigging scheme. Democrats say passing this legislation would be a step in the direction of getting the general public to trust in county government again. 

"We're always hopeful and we have time to work on it; and I think that shows our willingness to work with the other side to craft a referral that will have some teeth, but satisfy both sides and give confidence to the voters," legislator Cynthia Kaleh said.

Democrats say their proposal is actually more lenient than similar state and federal bans, but they say the county's current law is much too general. 

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