Updated: 01/28/2014 11:32 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 4:59 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
For weeks now there have been questions swirling around Rochester's new Mayor Lovely Warren, most of them dealing with speeding incidents while she was being driven to and from Albany a couple of weeks ago by her uncle, who was her head of security.
Tuesday the mayor sat down with News10NBC’s Lynette Adams for a one-on-one interview to answer our questions.
The mayor wanted to set the record straight, so she can move on. We talked about the events of the past couple weeks, but what Warren was concerned about mostly is letting her constituents know she's hard at work.
“People may not want to realize this or acknowledge this. We’ve been, my family has been on a rollercoaster ride,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.
Mayor Warren is talking about the recent events that have cast those closest to her in the public eye. Just as she was taking office, her grandfather died.
Then, there was controversy surrounding two speeding stops on a trip to Albany with her uncle at the wheel.
But the mayor didn't want to stay on that topic for long.
“I think that our accomplishments that we've had in the last month, the things that we have on the horizon, the things we're focused on is what is truly important to the success of this city,” said Mayor Warren.
The mayor has been on the road. She was among 16 mayors chosen to meet President Obama and Vice President Biden. She was able to talk with them about the needs of this city and she learned about federal grants Rochester could qualify for, one in particular that could create a manufacturing hub in the Flower City.
“They are releasing $1.3-billion to 12 cities, so I'm excited to pull together a team to try to go after those dollars,” said Warren.
Warren also went to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Monday she testified before the New York State Legislature about the need to change the way state aid is handed out to cities, basing it on need, not population numbers.
Then, there are the day to day concerns of this new mayor and her promise to make changes.
“I want people to recognize my whole administration. It's not just about me. We're about the work. We are going to do some great things in this city and we're going to move Rochester to a place where it hasn't been in decades, and the reason why we're going to do that is we're going to focus on the work,” said Warren.
Warren says her entire staff is committed to change and she says despite what may seem like chaos at City Hall, people have their noses to the grindstone, and it's only a matter of time before you begin to see the results of this hard work and commitment.