DA executes search warrant at Monroe Co. Democratic Party HQ

Berkeley Brean
Updated: December 01, 2020 05:07 PM
Created: December 01, 2020 04:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A subpoena was issued and a search warrant was executed at the headquarters of the Monroe County Democratic Party.

Investigators from the Monroe County District Attorney's office took some material from the party headquarters just days before Thanksgiving. 

News10NBC spoke with two-party committee members who were called to an emergency meeting about it Monday night. 

At the meeting, the party chair, Zach King, told the party's executive committee members three things. 

  • There was a subpoena from the DA on Friday, Nov. 20. 
  • There was a search warrant executed on Monday, Nov. 23. 
  • The investigation does not involve any work the committee has done in the last two months which is when King took over. 

News10NBC is still contacting people to find out what was taken from the office. 

The DA's office won't say. 

The party won't say.

At 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the Monroe County Democratic Committee shared this statement:

"On October 4th, Chair King and the new Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC) Leadership started their transition to MCDC. As a part of this, Chair King was presented with information related to past decisions and agreements made before October 3rd. This information required a conversation with the State Board of Elections and Election Law counsel. Upon consultation with them and under the advice of Legal Counsel, it was advised that MCDC make the information in question available to interested government agencies," party spokesman Stephen DeVay wrote. "On November 20th, an inquiry, in the form of a subpoena, was presented to MCDC by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, and MCDC complied with this request."

At 2:43 p.m. on Tuesday, the DA's office issued a statement saying "The Monroe County District Attorney's Office received an inquiry from the Monroe County Democratic Committee that we are looking into."

The chair of the Democrartic Party in Monroe County prior to Oct. 3 was Brittany Wells. 

She is now the chief of staff for Mayor Lovely Warren. 

News10NBC emailed the mayor's office for a statement from Ms. Wells. We received the following: "Neither the City nor Ms. Wells will provide any comment."

On Oct. 2, District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced the Monroe County grand jury indicted Mayor Warren and two of her top campaign officials for violating election law leading up to her re-election in 2017.

Mayor Warren, Albert Jones and Rosiland Brooks-Harris all pleaded not guilty.

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