COMIDA discusses I-Square scandal at public meeting

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For the first time since the I-Square scandal broke, the agency at the center of it all, COMIDA, held a public meeting.

I-Square was not on the agenda, but the owners took the opportunity to address the group.

The owners of the I-Square development, Mike and Wendy Nolan, were clearly furious with the way COMIDA has handled information from their tax deal. They say they will continue to call for an investigation.
This was the first time COMIDA and I-Square developers have been in front of each other in a public meeting since last month’s scandal broke.

“This was not an investigation. This was a cover up,” said Wendy Nolan.

The I-Square owners came with accusations and questions.

“What did we do to deserve this? Governor Cuomo appointed Adam Bello to Monroe County Clerk, not Wendy and I,” said Mike Nolan. “We had nothing to do with this.”

They believe their contract with COMIDA was used for a political reason, after the Monroe County GOP Chairman criticized their development in a statement about Adam Bello’s effectiveness as the supervisor of Irondequoit. He then claimed they were not living up to their end of a tax deal, a claim COMIDA backed after a Sunday night investigation.

“Can you show me one bit of proof that I-Square was, that milestone two for I-Square was under review prior to March 18th?” asked Mike Nolan. “Anything?”

COMIDA board members say they’re looking into the matter, but add that the person who ordered the COMIDA investigation, Assistant County Executive Justin Roj, has already been punished.

“In a very short amount of time you are going to get a release to straighten this all out,” said COMIDA ethics officer Eugene Caccamise. “This board has never done anything wrong.”

But the Nolans are still wondering why COMIDA, an independent agency, listened to Roj.

COMIDA board members say they expect to release a statement about what happened on their end, but they did not give an exact time frame for when that information will be released.

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