Statement From Monroe County Executive Adam Bello on Unionization of Public Defender's Office

August 23rd, 2022

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“While the appointment of the Public Defender lies solely with the Monroe County Legislature, I support the right of the Public Defender staff attorneys to unionize and advocate for their working conditions and for their clients. The Public Defender’s office performs a vital service to represent and defend the underserved and those who can least afford representation. My administration has an outstanding relationship with each of our county employee unions and I welcome the new union once established. If the productivity and professionalism of our county unionized workforce is any measure, Monroe County residents will be well served by the new Public Defender’s office union.”