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Leaders Discuss Upcoming MCC Bond Issue

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On Thursday, leaders discussed a proposal for a new downtown campus for Monroe Community College.

County Executive Maggie Brooks says the County Legislature is scheduled to vote next week on a bonding resolution to pay for rebuilding, and a possible property purchase for the downtown campus, which is now located at the Sibley building.

Mayor Tom Richards supports the bonding resolution. He wants to keep MCC at Sibley.

But Brooks would like to see it moved to property next to Kodak's world headquarters, on State Street.

"I remain fully committed to working with MCC on the site they think will work the best for students, faculty and the future of the Damon Center, and right now that's Kodak and we're committed to that site," said Brooks, (R).

"Even if I wanted to go to Eastman Kodak, given all the things that have changed since this decision was made, I would stop and think about it a little bit. When this started downtown was a very different place, and Eastman Kodak wasn't bankrupt. And we'll need to think about it," said Richards, (D).

The resolutions would authorize the county to issue bonds worth $28 million. The wording doesn't nail down a specific site for the new campus.

The County Legislature is expected to take up the bonding issue Tuesday.

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