City of Rochester
Joint Statement from Mayor Lovely A. Warren, Council President Loretta C. Scott, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle and Senator Joseph E. Robach
(Tuesday, June 17, 2014) -- Following a series of productive conversations we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement on the incorporation of additional amendments to legislation authorizing Phase II of the Rochester School Facilities Modernization Program.
These amendments incorporate several of the recommended changes to the bill that the Mayor had advanced, including: reinstating the Independent Compliance Officer (ICO) as a non-voting member of the Joint Board; providing for a criminal offense should any person submit a false report to the Joint Board; and also, providing the Mayor with the ability to approve the contract of the program manager.
We have long recognized public education as a great socio-economic equalizer, and by coming together and forging a compromise we are demonstrating our unified commitment to ensuring a brighter future of our children and their families. The agreement reached now paves the way for the legislation to be brought to the floors of the Senate and Assembly for a vote. Ultimately, the children of Rochester have won the day.
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