–        Elected Comptroller or Public Integrity Director needed

–        Petitioning to get city charter revision on ballot an option

–        OPI has ignored Rochester for All’s information about wrongdoing

–        Peer reviews recommend OPI change structure or contract out investigations involving mayor


Following a Democrat and Chronicle article questioning the Office of Public Integrity’s commitment to its mission, Rochester for All renews our call to replace the office with an elected comptroller or public integrity director.

Earlier this year, OPI appears to have ignored evidence provided by RFA that showed:

We’ve also more recently alerted OPI to the fact the deputy mayor required his secretary to do personal work.

Rochester for All has never been contacted by OPI. We’ve made similar complaints to the Board of Ethics. According to agendas and minutes, the board is still considering our complaints, but has never contacted our organization.

According to Peer Reviews posted to the OPI website, the office cannot legitimately investigate anything having to do with the mayor’s office. This work should be contracted out, per the recommendations.

OPI Director Timothy Weir

OPI Director Timothy Weir is appointed by the mayor and donates to her campaign. These circumstances cripple his ability to make sure City Hall is adhering to the highest ethical standards.

“In any other city, the information Rochester for All uncovered would be a major scandal. In Rochester, these activities are swept under the rug by complicit elected officials and a severely compromised Office of Public Integrity,” said Rochester for All Director Rachel Barnhart.

The Democrat and Chronicle story showing Weir acts as an arm of the mayor’s office bolsters our position. Rochester for All has also previously posted the city checkbook online, which reinforces the need for more controls.

The city charter should be overhauled to reflect the need for better checks and balances at City Hall. Options include an elected comptroller or OPI director. The city abolished an elected comptroller in the 1980s, but most major cities or counties in New York State require this position. Creating an elected office would require a referendum. If City Council isn’t willing to place a referendum before voters, signatures could be gathered from voters to place the measure on the ballot.

“Sadly, the current situation shows the need for major ethics reforms,” Barnhart said.

  1. Mary Ellen E Belding says:

    I am extremely disappointed at the end result of the promised independence, transparency and effectiveness of The Office of Professional Integrity. I worked Personally with that Office supporting their efforts to expose wrong doing, educating them on the violations and criminal actions within the walls of City Hall that called for NYS & Federal Investigations, Audits, and “RETIREMENTS”. The Criminal Conspiracy & False Claims uncovered, the abuse and violations of the Federally Legislated Minority & Woman’s Business Program, the misappropriation of taxpayer dollars, mismanagement and Civil and Criminal violations, directly our of their own Attorneys in Corporate Counsel is staggering, yet the only person that went to jail was me. False Arrest in Retaliation for doing the right thing, and performing my civic duty when I was asked. Tim’s reputation as a distinguished FBI Agent in Buffalo led me to a false expectation of his duty and commitment to the position he holds in the of OPI for the much needed change behind the walls layered with decades of malfeasance. Mismanagement, taxpayer abuse, criminal conspiracy, misogyny, racism, corruption and the ongoing related cover-ups which were exposed, only to be hidden in yet another attempt to eliminate transparency and allow for the dishonest service that has plagued this community . I personally entrusted Tim Wier with his obligation for the protection of my business and personal safety while assisting him during his investigations, only to be betrayed yet again, violated and retaliated against by City Officials, Corporate Counsel and others. Their crimes were covered up, and the abuses against me continues today. Tim Weir is not the same man I met several years ago. Not the one that shared the commitment to make a difference and ensure repair of an antiquated, broken system. Today I see him standing side by side with the very people that continue to participate in the obstruction of justice in City Hall, RPD and Rochester City School District that has left this community in a sad state of affairs. Another one bites the dust.

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