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Four indicted, including County Executive Maggie Brooks’ Husband Robert Wiesner
By Delani WeaverMonroe County Execuve Maggie Brooks’ husband, Robert Wiesner, Daniel Lynch, president of Treadstone Development Corp., John Maggio, president of Navitech Services Corp. and Nelson Rivera, former informaon 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 donaons and golf oungs.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 execuve today, I’m going to be the county execuve tomorrow and I believe I have two more years le on my term.”Brooks defended the LDCs, or local development corporaons, which have been the focus of the invesgaon.In addion, County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) oered the following statement in relaon to the criminal charges:“If the County Execuve truly cares about taxpayers, she must recuse herself from the internal invesgaon of corrupon 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 execuve can no longer oversee—or have any involvement in—this internal invesgaon.Andrews also said the legislature needs to be involved if the invesgaon is to have any credibility.“I understand she doesn’t want to discuss the situaon with her husband, but he is involved,” said Andrews. “This is not a personal maer involving a personal incident. This is a public corrupon invesgaon into the county government overseen by the execuve, and her husband is alleged by a grand jury to be involved. This presents a clear conict 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 collecve bargaining agreement, employees will receive a salary increase depending on longevity. The raise is retroacve 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 negoaons reopen to set wage rates for the contract’s second year. Talks began in September. The current contract expires in September, 2014.“Good benets 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 negoang commiee. “To achieve another contract agreement that connues 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 negoated together with UR ocials.
Union Approves Wage Increase for University of Rochester Service Workers