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Minority Reporter Week of November 18 - 24, 2013

Minority Reporter Week of November 18 - 24, 2013

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Published by Dave McCleary
Local, national news and features serving the African American community in Rochester, New York
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Four indicted, including County Executive Maggie Brooks’ Husband Robert Wiesner
By Delani WeaverMonroe County Execuve Maggie Brooks’ husband, Robert Wiesner, Daniel Lynch, president of Treadstone Development Corp., John Maggio, president of Navitech Services Corp. and Nelson Rivera, former informaon technology manager for Monroe County, have all been indicted and criminally charged for allegedly scheming to rig contracts for Monroe County projects for connected vendors.They were charged with arranging the projects and then embezzling the money from the contracts to use it to pay for personal expenses such as campaign donaons and golf oungs.Brooks’ husband, Wiesner, is facing two charges of bid-rigging. He pleaded not guilty to his felony charges in an arraignment Wednesday. In a press conference held this week, Brooks refused to comment on her husband’s arrest.“You know, there’re two things I don’t talk about, personnel issues and personal issues. My husband is a personal issue,” said Brooks. “I will tell you that I’m the county execuve today, I’m going to be the county execuve tomorrow and I believe I have two more years le on my term.”Brooks defended the LDCs, or local development corporaons, which have been the focus of the invesgaon.In addion, County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) oered the following statement in relaon to the criminal charges:“If the County Execuve truly cares about taxpayers, she must recuse herself from the internal invesgaon of corrupon involving LDCs and turn everything over to the County Legislature. Something has clearly gone terribly wrong in this government, and it is obvious that the execuve can no longer oversee—or have any involvement in—this internal invesgaon.Andrews also said the legislature needs to be involved if the invesgaon is to have any credibility.“I understand she doesn’t want to discuss the situaon with her husband, but he is involved,” said Andrews. “This is not a personal maer involving a personal incident. This is a public corrupon invesgaon into the county government overseen by the execuve, and her husband is alleged by a grand jury to be involved. This presents a clear conict of interest. We have tried repeatedly over the past six years to oversee these contracts, but our colleagues have repeatedly said no. It’s me for the legislature to take over the internal review.”Approximately 1700 service workers at the University of Rochester (UR) will receive a salary increase between 1.7% and 2.1% under an agreement approved Saturday for their union contract’s second year.Under the amendment to the current collecve bargaining agreement, employees will receive a salary increase depending on longevity. The raise is retroacve to September 22, 2013. The University also renewed its commitment to pay 100% of the employees’ health plan with no increase in out-of-pocket costs.The current agreement between UR employees and management required that negoaons reopen to set wage rates for the contract’s second year. Talks began in September. The current contract expires in September, 2014.“Good benets and wages have always been the cornerstone of our union contracts.” said Jerald Drain, an environmental service worker at the UR Medical Center and member of the union’s negoang commiee. “To achieve another contract agreement that connues both makes it worth coming to work at the University of Rochester.”Service workers on UR campuses are members of SEIU Local 200United, and those working at the UR Medical Center and its Strong Memorial Hospital division belong to 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Both union groups negoated together with UR ocials.
Union Approves Wage Increase for University of Rochester Service Workers

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