County Executive, Monroe County
Bello won election to become county executive in November 2019 and took office at the start of 2020, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Monroe County.
While responding to the pandemic has dominated the first half of Bello’s term, he talked to the RBJ this month about his focus for the next two years.
“We still have to deal with COVID and public health, public safety. Nothing works unless we’re healthy and safe, that’s the No. 1 responsibility of government,” he said. “And then we’re looking at workforce development, economic development and investments in infrastructure.”
Part of that will include developing a master plan for the county.
“Monroe County hasn’t had a master plan since 1979, the year before I was born. I think we can all agree the county has changed since 1979. We’re not the county of a few really big employers, we’re now a county of a lot of different employers,” Bello said. “The master plan is thinking about long term and what those long-term plans should be: health, safety, economics and infrastructure.”
Prior to serving as county executive, Bello was county clerk and before that was Irondequoit’s town supervisor.