Monroe County Executive Adam Bello says "Vote Mel!"
A message from Mel . . .
Health and Safety
For over a year, our community has experienced the challenges of the pandemic. Fortunately, County Executive Adam Bello and our Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Mike Mendoza, work closely together and follow the science to keep our community safe and healthy.
The Republican majority proposed legislation that would prohibit public disclosure of ethics violations thus protecting sexual predators among other ethics code violators. Their proposal also bans outside employment for county management and professional employees to stop “double dipping”. But this would also bar certain employees from maintaining their professional certifications or credentials, e.g., physicians who need to practice clinically in addition to acting as managers.
Monroe County will be receiving $140m from the American Rescue Plan. County Executive Adam Bello will be establishing bipartisan, diverse committees to determine a distribution plan that will benefit each community. In addition, Adam developed the Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant Program with $15m of CARES funding to help small businesses with two to fifty employees.
Many roads and bridges throughout our county need major repairs. County Executive Adam Bello has already committed $10.7m for road repairs. The federal infrastructure bill will provide additional funding for necessary improvements not only to roads and bridges, but for public transit, expansion of broadband, and clean drinking water.
Climate Action Planning
Monroe County is making great progress in reducing energy use and supporting green innovation. We registered as a Climate Smart Community on February 1, 2021. This makes our county eligible for state funding and/or technical assistance to help us shift toward renewable energy and climate-smart land use. Additionally, C-Pace which was signed into legislation in June, allows commercial building owners and developers to apply for financing to make important energy upgrades without using taxpayer dollars.