Leticia Astacio opens up to News10NBC about running for Rochester City Council

March 12, 2019 04:47 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- It is official. Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio confirms to News10NBC that she's running for Rochester City Council.

On Monday night, Astacio opened up to News10NBC about her new campaign. 

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Astacio's announcement comes three weeks before her felony trial. She is accused of trying to buy a shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods, which violates the terms of her probation on her 2016 DWI conviction.

If Astacio gets the appropriate amount of signatures, she can run. If she is convicted and sentenced to jail or probation, the New York State Board of Elections says she can serve. 

The only time she would be removed is if the conviction happened after she was elected. 

Astacio tells News10NBC she doesn't think she will be convicted and also doesn't think a conviction will hurt her chances. She says when reports first surfaced last week about potentially running, a wave of support surfaced as well – which encouraged her to make an official bid.  

"I don't mean to say everyone in the city is in love with me but given the amount of negative press I've received, the fact that I constantly get charged for stuff most people would never be charged with, and I still have the amount of support that I do is astonishing," said Astacio. 

Astacio is running for the seat in the Northwest District. She says in her 37 years living there, she feels the district isn't getting represented in a way it should be and believes her own experience can aid her in creating the change she wants to see.  

"People who have actually gone through things and had experiences that are adverse and who maybe have not treated as kindly by the system as others might be are the people who are in the best position to represent people who are disenfranchised," said Astacio.

Astacio's sister Felicia -- a daycare owner who has been active in the community -- has already confirmed a run for Rochester City Council but for the seat in the East District. Elaine Spaull currently sits in the seat, but has announced she won't be seeking another term.

Mary Lupien is another candidate for the East District. 


Beth Cefalu

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