Local officials place blame following report on DMV investigation

September 07, 2018 06:10 AM

In May, News10NBC found that sensitive data had been tossed out, unshredded, into unlocked dumpsters behind the Henrietta and Irondequoit Department of Motor Vehicles.

An investigation was launched by the County Office of Public Integrity. 

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Excerpts from the OPI report show the problems were traced back to eight or nine DMV employees in Henrietta, and three in Irondequoit.

When News10NBC first broke the story, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello said it was a mistake made by just two employees in Henrietta, and said the Irondequoit documents had been thrown out by customers.

Also, according to the report, the substitute custodian Bello claimed tossed away the recycling apparently "was not working during the stated times." 

In an email, Majority Leader Brian Marianetti said Bello had “attempted to downplay the impact and even tried to blame it on his own custodians - statements that are now proven to be false." 

On Thursday, Bello fired back in an emailed statement, shifting the blame towards Republicans.

"It is further proof of a decade of failures under my predecessor and current County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo," he wrote.

Bello went on to say four of the five recommendations in the OPI report are already being implemented.

Recommendations in the OPI report included a new document-handling process to be implemented and written formal training for new employees and supervisors.


Beth Cefalu

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