Democrats: Terminate Medley Centre PILOT Agreement

Jul 19, 2013

Democratic candidates for office in the town of Irondequoit say residents have had enough of the stalled Medley Centre project, and it's time for a change.

Adam Bello is a candidate for town supervisor.

He joined town council candidates Lorie Barnum and Dave Seeley calling for an end to the payment-in-lieu-of taxes, or PILOT agreement, with developer Scott Congel.

Bello says they would welcome Congel coming back to the town with an affordable, attainable plan.

The plan from Bello and his colleagues also includes calling on the developer to demolish three vacant buildings on the site as promised, hold the developer responsible for maintaining the property, and create an economic task force to determine how to proceed with future development.

Monroe County Republican Party Chair Bill Reilich responded with a statement, saying "In the height of hypocrisy, Adam Bello today backpedaled on a tax break negotiated by Democrats when they controlled Irondequoit Town Hall.  Not only did Adam serve as the top political adviser to the Town Supervisor who negotiated the deal, his own mother sat on the Town Board that approved the PILOT.  His double-speak does make one thing clear - Irondequoit just can't trust Adam Bello."