Mayor Lovely Warren addresses deputy mayor's arrest

Updated: 03/20/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 7:21 PM WHEC.com

He's the second in command in the city of Rochester and he's facing criminal charges accused of driving drunk. Mayor Lovely Warren reacted to her deputy mayor being charged with DWI.

According to police, his blood alcohol level was 0.13, nearly twice the legal limit. Leonard Redon was pulled over Wednesday night by state police on 490 downtown. He's charged with DWI and is accused of speeding and driving with an expired inspection.

Mayor Warren wouldn't say much to us earlier Thursday, but she did tell us her opinion on the whole situation.

Mayor Warren says, "I don't think you should drink and drive. No one should and we are going to stand by that and stand but that is the law."

News10NBC wanted to hear from the deputy mayor himself, so we went to his home, but he didn't come to the door. Earlier in the day, our crews caught Redon driving away. We did get a hold of his lawyer, Ed Fiandach.

Who says not everyone who is arrested is guilty, saying: 

"We should afford him what we would all want in this situation, the presumption of innocence."

Officials say Redon submitted his resignation, but the mayor didn't accept it. News10NBC asked Mayor Warren why she didn't.

She said, "The communications director dealt with all of that earlier today. There's no additional information."

Director of Communications Chris Christopher says, "He's doing good work on behalf of the people of Rochester. He is sincerely contrite. He's talking to his personal physician to talk about steps that may be taken to avoid something like this in the future."

Officials say the deputy mayor is taking several days of leave and will be seeing a doctor.

We also tried to talk to a number of City Council members, but none of them would comment.

Troubles at city hall

Needless to say it has been a rocky start for Mayor Warren's first term and the trouble began even before she took office. A couple months ago it came out that a man Warren chose to lead the city's Department of Business and Housing Development was arrested for DWI last summer. Mayor Warren was also criticized for hiring her Uncle Reggie Hill as head of her personal security. Back in January, he was pulled over twice for speeding, but was not ticketed, while he was driving the mayor to and from the State of the State address in Albany. Hill was suspended and later resigned from his position. Now, the deputy mayor's DWI arrest.

Redon is due in court on April 8. We'll continue to follow this story and bring you new developments as we get them.

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