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Local lawmakers agree on middle ground on Metroplex

Tedisco and Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Amsterdam, were vocal in their opposition to any bill that did not include language barring certain officials from serving on the Metroplex board.

Tedisco and Amedore dropped those conditions, but they and Farley came up with the amended bill barring political and other county officials from the board.

Amedore said he would not support a bill without the amendments, which he said were part of a statewide effort at public authorities reform.

Amedore also said it would be unwise to pass a bill without the amendments in light of a state audit that is being conducted on Metroplex. Results of the audit will not be made public for three or four months.

County legislators Angelo Santabarbara, R-Rotterdam, and Joe Suhrada, R-Rotterdam, voted against the county's home rule message, also citing the impending audit.

Legislator Phillip Fields, D-Schenectady, broke party ranks to vote against the home rule message. He said he disagreed with Republican amendments. He said he had his doubts about the five-year extension of Metroplex's life at this time.

"A better decision could be made down the road," said Fields.

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