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Monroe County GOP legislators pick leaders

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Republicans in the Monroe County Legislature are supporting Legislator Joe Carbone for another term as the chamber’s president — but they’re also making a couple of tweaks to their caucus’s leadership.

Carbone, who represents Irondequoit, was first elected in 2012 and began serving his four-year term as president of the legislature in 2016. Legislators are paid an annual salary of $18,000 a year, but officers receive additional stipends. The legislature president is paid $54,000 a year.
County Legislature Republicans elected Legislator Steve Brew to serve as their new majority leader. They announced his selection on December 30, 2019. - PHOTO PROVIDED
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  • County Legislature Republicans elected Legislator Steve Brew to serve as their new majority leader. They announced his selection on December 30, 2019.

Legislator Brian Marianetti, whose district primarily covers Greece, will not be returning as majority leader. Instead, he was elected vice president. The position pays $21,000 annually. Mariannetti has served in the Legislature since 2014.

Republicans selected Legislator Steve Brew, of Riga, for the majority leader post. Brew was first elected to the legislature in 2015 and was reelected in November. The majority leader salary is $23,000 a year. Legislator Mike Zale of Ogden will serve as deputy majority leader, while legislators Tracy DiFlorio of Chili and Fred Ancello of Greece will serve as assistant majority leaders. The assistant majority leader posts pay $19,250 annually.

The Republican leadership will face a new dynamic in county government next year. For the first time in 27 years, there will be a Democratic county executive when Adam Bello assumes office January 1.

How the executive and legislative branches will approach each other remains to be seen. In the days after the election, Republican legislators introduced a bill that would have, among other things, curtailed the powers of the county executive. Carbone rescinded the measure amid an intense public backlash, but in doing so suggested that Republicans would look for opportunities in 2020 to introduce some of the provisions in the bill.

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