For those who don’t follow the news much or don’t really understand the Bill Reilich situation, here’s a brief synopsis. I-Square is a government-funded property development in Irondequoit, NY. The taxpayers, whether they like it or not, are helping fund this project with cheap loans, tax breaks and other giveaways that come at the taxpayer’s expense.
COMIDA, which is the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, is the parasitic government arm in charge of funding the project with taxpayer money. I say parasitic because, unless you have connections, you don’t get to have any of this government moola.
The I-Square developers Michael and Wendy Nolan have connections to the former Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello. Adam Bello got appointed to take over as Monroe County Clerk after Cheryl Dinolfo left the job to take over for Maggie Brooks as Country Executive.
Adam Bello’s a Democrat, and Bill Reilich, got some information from Justin Roj, of Dinolfo’s office. Back in March, Reilich used this information to point out that the I-Square project was in default under its agreements with COMIDA. Recently, COMIDA did announce that I-Square is not in default. But this was done without answering whether they were in default previously and had just recently climbed out. In other words, according to COMIDA, I-Square was indeed in default back in March but no longer is in May. A little light on the situation apparently convinced the developers to fix the situation. Congratulations.
By giving the taxpayers some transparency about how their dollars are being used to the benefit of developers with connections, Bill Reilich was actually doing something good for a change. He was alerting the voters that the newly appointed County Clerk Adam Bello had just jumped off his Irondequoit Town Supervisor job while one his taxpayer-funded boondoggles was in default.
The hubbub is about Reilich using “insider information” to tarnish the record of a developer in order to score political points on a Democrat appointee. While we might sympathize a bit with the Nolans, that’s the cost of getting in bed with government. If you don’t want to suffer scrutiny, then live up to your obligations to the taxpayers. Reilich said it best when he wrote:
“It is no secret that I-Square received millions of dollars in taxpayer assistance through abatements and grants from the town, school district, county and state. I certainly recognize the need for that assistance given the state’s dismal business climate, but I also know that taxpayers demand accountability for their investments.”
While he might have done wrong, at least he did it for the right reason, which is a lot better than what he normally does. Normally, he does wrong for the wrong reason, and the Democrats benefit.
Think about this objectively for a minute. You and I pay taxes. Those taxes are then used to fund the development of projects run by people connected to the Town Supervisor. The project goes into default, and everybody’s mad that we the taxpayers find out about it? It’s “insider information!!!”
In other words, this dirty secret about corrupt politicians funding their friends is only for the insiders- not the suckers paying the taxes to fund these boondoggles. Without the whistleblowing of Justin Roj, this default might have stayed a secret, leaving the taxpayers with a bigger tab down the road.
Let’s put it another way. This is crony capitalism run by the Democrats- similar to what the Maggie Brooks administration was doing with her husband and their friends before the indictments got handed out. Remember that?
So, for the sake of argument, let’s pretend that Adam Bello was a Republican and it was the Democrats that unleashed the news that the development project under control of the Republicans was in default. Do you think the Democrats and the liberal media would be mad at the Democrat who uncovered this inconvenient truth? Do you think the Democrats and the liberal media would be asking the Democrat whistleblower to step down? Or do you think they’d be more focused on how the taxpayers were funding a project at the direction of the Republicans that was in default? I don’t need to answer those questions.Continue reading