Rochester Mayor Tom Richards' last day in office

Updated: 12/31/2013 11:09 PM
Created: 12/31/2013 9:09 AM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

A new year will certainly bring new beginnings to City Hall, but 2014 also marks the final farewell to Mayor Tom Richards.

He has been serving the city since 2010 when he was appointed interim mayor after Bob Duffy stepped down to take the job of lieutenant governor.

He went on to win a special election in 2011, but was defeated in his run for re-election last month.

News10NBC caught up with the outgoing mayor Tuesday night and got his thoughts on the past, present and future..

His mission was to make sure that City Hall is working everyday to make Rochester better for all of its citizens, and he believes he did just that during his term, even right up to his last day as mayor.

“Mayor Richards, it's your last day as mayor of Rochester, how are you feeling?” asked News10NBC's Joangel Concepcion.

“I'm feeling fine. Once you decide that this is it and (it's) time to move on, it's time to move on and I'm ready,” said Richards.

“When you think about your years as mayor, what stands out to you?” asked Concepcion.

“Well, what we've tried to do, and I think I've had some success, is build people's confidence back up in the city, so they want to be here, they want to invest here. They want to have events like this here, so we're the place that people look to in this whole region, as it was once and as it should be,” said Richards.

“What are your thoughts on the future for the city of Rochester? What are you hoping to see?” asked Concepcion.

“Well, I'm optimistic about it. I'm hoping to see that we have the elements here of a good economy. It's going to take work. It's not going to happen quickly. We didn't get into this situation quickly. It's going to take some time. We do need to rebuild our economy that creates good jobs. None of this stuff is going to work if we don't do that,” said Richards.

“Any final words for Rochester as mayor?” asked Concepcion.

“I wish Rochester well. I had a privilege of being the mayor. I considered it a privilege and I'm glad to have done it. I'm optimistic for the city,” said Richards.

Mayor-elect-Lovely Warren will be officially sworn into office during a private ceremony Wednesday.

The public inauguration for Warren will be on Saturday. If you are interested in attending, it will be held at the Auditorium Theatre on Main Street at 12 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and seating is on a first-come basis. No tickets are required.


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