The COVID-19 pandemic was an unexpected shock to our economy, but as we emerge on the other side our recovery presents an opportunity to position Monroe County for stronger growth. This will take a new and innovative approach to economic development that will strengthen our workforce, retain the talent we educate, and invest in infrastructure, such as high-speed broadband.
Leadership and good government are about providing the services our community pays for and needs in an adequate, sustainable, and equitable manner. For the first time in decades, the 2021 Monroe County Budget put forth by County Executive Bello put the county back on the path to a more effective and responsible government. It is imperative that we continue to budget in a transparent and responsive fashion.
Our children and families deserve a brighter, more sustainable future. Achieving that will require continued advocacy for the proper investment into our Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Services, developing a Climate Action Plan and a Comprehensive Plan to develop the roadmap for our future, and ensuring our public and mental health services have the resources necessary to respond to the needs of our community.