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Politics threaten MCC's downtown campus
by Patrice Walsh
Rochester, N.Y. -- Politics is at play in the Monroe County Legislature and the future of MCC's downtown campus is caught in the middle.
Democrats admit they are holding bonding approval for the project hostage as leverage.
They want Republicans to approve a bipartisan investigation of the LDC scandals which have resulted in four indictments and involve 300-thousand dollars in taxpayer money.
Republicans say they only needed one vote from Democrats Tuesday night to get the bonding passed, but all ten Democrats voted no. The bonding is part of the Countys 145 million dollar Improvement Plan for the next four years. It not only funds the MCC campus but also road and bridge projects and airport improvements.
So until it is approved, those projects are also in jeopardy. But Democrats say the money for all of those projects is already been approved, the only thing that cant be done is any construction. Theyre hoping Republicans will reconsider and approve this investigation.
Meanwhile the President of Monroe Community College is urging lawmakers to put politics aside and see the value of this campus and its importance to people in our community.
Democratic Legislator Paul Haney says the legislatures Charter and Agenda committee will consider Democrats request for an LDC investigation at its meeting next Monday.
Republican Steve Tucchiarello said GOP lawmakers will not put that bonding up for a vote by the full legislature until they are guaranteed to have the support to get it approved.
He said this could not only delay the MCC campus, but could derail the project.