Updated: 01/13/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 01/13/2014 9:53 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren sat down with News10NBC Monday afternoon to address a report by the Albany Times Union that said Warren and her driver were pulled over on the New York State Thruway last week. Warren tells us she was returning to Rochester from Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address last week when her car was pulled over on the Thruway by a trooper for speeding.
Just how fast her Chevy Suburban was going is not exactly clear to us. At the wheel was the head of her new security detail, Reggie Hill, who also happens to be her uncle.
Warren said, “I would have told him to slow down, but of course, when you're talking about experience and you're talking about someone that has this type of experience, they do what they know or what they've been trained to do."
According to a report in the Albany Times Union, Hill was travelling 97 miles per hour. Warren disputes that saying it was closer to 80. Either way, hill was not ticketed. The mayor says she was on her phone and not paying attention when the trooper pulled them over and didn't realize how fast Hill was traveling.
Hill is a retired State Police investigator who worked security details for past governors. His hiring has been a lightning rod of criticism from those who question the mayor's hiring of a relative for an $80,000 position that previously never existed.
Warren defended her uncle today and explains what he told police upon being pulled over. “Reggie said I'm doing a security detail here. I have done a security detail for the governor or whatever. Typically you go a little bit above what the traffic is going and they said, look, you're not doing a security detail for the governor anymore and I need you to slow down. Next time I'm going to give you a ticket."
We contacted State Police in Albany to find out more details about the incident on the Thruway and why no one was ticketed. In an email, State Police said, "We are aware it is possible a trooper effected discretion during a traffic stop involving the Mayor of Rochester last week. Having said that we want to be clear, we would never encourage or condone driving at an excessive rate of speed."