First Arrest In LDC Probe, More Expected

First Arrest In LDC Probe, More Expected

Authorities call it the tip of the iceberg as the first in what will likely be a series of arrests in the probe of how Monroe County does business.
Authorities call it the tip of the iceberg as the first in what will likely be a series of arrests in the probe of how Monroe County does business. 

Dan Lynch, 50, turned himself into police Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges related to an incident at the senior PGA in 2008. The charges center around the way Lynch and another unnamed person dealt with billing for a corporate tent at the event. 

"This is no surprised to us. We've heard this for the last year and a half that they've been investigating. My client's pled not guilty and we're looking forward to challenging the evidence in this case," Lynch's attorney Mike Schiano said.

Lynch worked for two companies that have had contracts with Monroe County local development corporations (LDCs). Those companies are Upstate Telecommunications Corporation and Monroe Security and Safety Systems (M3S). LDCs have raised eyebrows in our community, especially those of Monroe County Democrats. 

"We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds. So it's very important to make sure that all of that money is spent as envisioned and appropriately. At this point in time, we continue to have concerns about how LDCs operate and the fact that they're not transparent. They aren't subject to legislative oversight, and we do believe in these instances they have wasted taxpayer money," Democratic county legislator Carrie Andrews said.

County Executive Maggie Brooks has always touted the use of LDCs to save money on important projects and mentioned that again, saying the county will "make whatever changes are deemed necessary to ensure the efficient and ethical handling of taxpayer dollars." For more than a year, the State Attorney General's office has been investigating allegations of alleged bid-rigging and preferential treatment with LDCs. More arrests are likely on the horizon. 
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