top of page

Adam Bello Secures Major Endorsements from Monroe County Law Enforcement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - County Executive candidate Adam Bello today announced

endorsements from several major public safety unions in Monroe County, including the

Monroe County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the Monroe County Deputy

Sheriff’s Association, the Rochester Airport Firefighters, IAFF Local 1636, and the

Monroe County Law Enforcement Association.

“The fundamental responsibility of government is to protect the well-being of its

citizens. I can’t say enough how honored I am to have the support of the hard-working

men and women who risk their lives daily to keep Monroe County safe,” said Bello. “As

Monroe County Executive, I pledge to treat our public safety employees with the

respect they have earned and will never take for granted the sacrifices they make.”

The Monroe County Police Benevolent Association represents nearly 250 Deputy

Sheriffs serving in the Police Bureau of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016, in

an unprecedented move, over 40 members of this unit retired because of uncertainty

surrounding future benefits for retirees. “Throughout Adam’s time in public service, he

has always put hardworking families first,” said Monroe County Sheriff PBA President

Jason Elliotto. “Our members know that with Adam as our next County Executive, they

will have an honorable and reliable partner in government as they serve and protect our


Michael Samperi, President of the Monroe County Deputy Sheriff’s Association added,

“The membership of MCDSA is proud to support Mr. Bello in his campaign to become

the County Executive of the County of Monroe. It is evident Mr. Bello holds public

safety in high regard. We recognize his vision to support the men and women who

provide public safety while exercising fiscal responsibility to the residents of Monroe

County. A change in leadership breathed new life in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s

Office on January 1, 2018. We look forward to Mr. Bello’s bid to do the same for the

County of Monroe.”

The Airport Firefighters Association is making just the second endorsement in its

history, citing the need for change after years of contentious interactions with the

county. “For too long, Monroe County’s Republican management has shown a lack of

respect for its employees and its residents. With multiple scandals involving tax dollars,

and employee bargaining units going several years without contracts, the County

Executive’s office has failed to make the changes Monroe County deserves,” Local 1636

President Paul Miller stated.

John Crespo, President of the Monroe County Law Enforcement Association, which

represents over 120 court deputies and court sergeants added, “Members of the

MCLEA stand with Adam Bello because it is time to return strong leadership to the

County Executive’s office; leadership that will honor and respect our law enforcement

professionals and all working families throughout our community.”

During his tenure as both Monroe County Clerk and Irondequoit Town Supervisor,

Bello has prioritized the need to have strong working relationships with the public

employees who serve in government.

“I see the relationship between the County Administration and all of our public safety

employees as being critical in addressing important issues like the opioid crisis,” said

Bello. “Those efforts are only hampered when the County Executive does not afford the

necessary respect to the men and women of law enforcement who are so critical to

keeping our community safe. Starting next January, that respect will be mutual.”

bottom of page