In the fight over who's investigating local development corporations, Democrats on the Monroe County Legislature lost a key vote Monday night.
They want the legislature to take over the county's internal investigation of local development corporations.
Democrats asked for a bi-partisan and independent review of how the county awards contracts to LDCs.
It pleaded its case to the Agenda/Charter Committee Monday.
"The only way to ensure that this internal investigation has any credibility is to have it turned over to the legislature," said Justin Wilcox, (D) Monroe County Legislator.
The plan didn't even make it out of committee. Republicans voted down the proposal on a party line vote of three to two.
"Sooner or later all of the information is going to come out and we are going to have all of that to go ahead. And waters of the New York State review is not necessary and is a partisan political attack," said Steve Tucciarello, (R) Majority Leader.
Democrats say it's about transparency, not politics.
They don't trust the Brooks' administration to do a fair review.
"The legislation that we have proposed is to look at our own internal policies and procedures. It is in no way shape or form like the criminal investigation being conducted by the Attorney General," said Wilcox.
Democrats want more details and costs of an ongoing internal review by the administration. That has not happened.
Republicans don't want to interfere with the investigations until they're complete.
"If we plan on doing something at that point in time I am sure you will know," said Tucciarello.
Despite the vote, Democrats plan to continue their fight for an independent review - committee approval or not.
The Democrats say it is possible to get the proposal to a full legislature vote if they can get a simple majority to suspend the rules or if they can amend the proposal and bring it back to committee.
Just last week Democrats voted against a borrowing plan favored by Republicans who still need more votes.
They are working any tactic to get the GOP majority to work with them.