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City files appeal on referendum decision

August 09, 2019 05:16 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The battle over who should run the Rochester City School District is raging on after a judge delivered a blow to Mayor Lovely Warren's push for a state takeover.

The City of Rochester filed an appeal Friday to a ruling that determined that the referendum, which the city planned on adding to the November ballot, was unlawful.

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On the last page of the ruling, it says the referendum is "void." It orders a "permanent injunction barring the advisory referendum...on the ballot for the November election."

Following the ruling, Mayor Warren released a video on Facebook and letter in response to the "unjust verdict" and calls upon residents to "recommit themselves to fighting to provide all kids with the education they deserve." 

In response to the appeal, the Rochester City School District released the following statement: 

"This morning, the City of Rochester submitted their brief to the Appellate Division containing their legal arguments as to why Judge Odorisi’s decision on the referendum should be reversed.

We are evaluating the City’s arguments. We expect to receive notification from the Appellate Division regarding timelines and an argument schedule shortly.

We are confident in the merits of our case."

Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke will bring you the latest at 5 p.m. on News10NBC.

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