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Candidates clash over Medley Centre agreement

The payment in lieu of taxes agreement, or PILOT, agreement for Medley Centre is becoming a campaign issue in Irondequoit.

Irondequoit Democratic town candidates have called for the termination of the 2009 agreement, and are  vowing to push owner Scott Congel to eradicate blight at the site caused by years of neglect. They also proposed the creation of an economic development task force to counsel the Town Board on how to proceed with future development of the property.

Supervisor candidate Adam Bello and Town Board candidates Lori Barnum and Dave Seeley criticized the current Republican town administration’s unwillingness to pressure mall owner Scott Congel to meet his obligations under the PILOT agreement.

Republican Party Chairman Bill Reilich noted that Bello served as political adviser for the Democratic supervisor who negotiated the agreement, and his mother served on the Town Board when the agreement was approved.