Mayor Lovely Warren holds her public inauguration

Updated: 01/04/2014 11:48 PM
Created: 01/04/2014 9:14 AM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts

It was a historic day for the city of Rochester as Lovely Warren became the first woman to lead the city.

Warren was officially sworn in to office as the city's 67th mayor in a private ceremony on New Year's Day. But on Saturday, the public welcomed her and watched as history was made.

More than 2,000 people gathered inside the Auditorium Theatre for the inauguration Saturday afternoon.

Warren made sure to thank her husband and daughter for their support and her mentor, Assemblyman David Gantt.

Warren also thanked Mayor Richards for his service to Rochester and dedicated the speech, and the day, to her grandfather, who died just two days ago.

She used her inaugural address to promise change for Rochester.

"We can make things better, and my eyes are wide open to the possibilities. Today I am being allowed to begin the great journey with a lot of people by my side, and I am so proud. I promise you that I will try very hard to do a very good job. Because your future and the future of every child who lives in this city will depend on what we all do every single day for many days to come," said Warren.

There was a lot of reaction to Mayor Lovely Warren's inauguration speech, from the more experienced, to the much younger members in the audience.

"Great, it was beautiful I am very happy for the new mayor," said Luther Sheppard, who attended the inauguration.

"It was so inspirational. It was amazing, history being made in Rochester is great," said Lauryn Whitfield.

It was a packed house as the first female mayor of Rochester took the oath of office. She then made her inauguration speech. It was one she dedicated to her late grandfather, who passed just two days before this event. Mayor Warren began her speech with a message for her three-year-old daughter who she hopes will look back on this day with pride.

Promises, that was the theme of Mayor Warren's inauguration speech. As she stood on stage she made promises to fix neighborhoods, put people back to work and the a reoccurring promise she made to the people of Rochester, to fix city schools.

Slaughter said she agrees that education should be the mayor's number one priority.

"I spent all my time bringing high tech jobs into Rochester. I have to make certain there's a workforce here to do those jobs," said  Congresswoman Slaughter.

One of her biggest supporters and mentor agrees.

"You cannot rebuild the economy here unless you get kids ready for these jobs that  might come in," said Assemblyman David Gantt, 137th District.

Mayor Warren says her initial plan to improve education in the city of Rochester is to bring in more charter schools.

"We have already met with PUC Schools, which is a national charter school that has a proven success rate in urban education," said Mayor Warren.

The mayor said she has already met with the superintendent and the new president of the city school board.

"We will do everything we can to make sure the children of Rochester's education comes first and is the number one priority for our administration," said Mayor Warren.

Those are words 13-year-old Lauryn Whitfield said she wants to hear.

"I  hope she makes it a better place to live in, starting with our schools," said Whitfield.

As a first step to improve public safety, Mayor Warren wants to add two more police sub stations. Also, at the top of her list is revitalizing downtown Rochester by building a performing arts center and movie theater.  Mayor Warren says she will reach out to state and federal representatives for funding for those projects.


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