Updated: November 30, 2021 05:34 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 04:36 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Wednesday will be Mayor Lovely Warren's last full day in office. Her resignation goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge.
Tuesday morning she held one of her last news conferences and reflected on what's next.
The mayor has said several times that her focus right now is on her family, but she's hoping the work her administration did in office will be remembered for more than just how it ended.
“Tomorrow [Wednesday] I will be releasing my final farewell address and what's next for me is taking care of my daughter. You know that's the priority and really focusing on her and the next phase of my life,” Warren said.
Mayor Lovely Warren agreed to resign in October after accepting a plea deal to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge after she and two others were accused of running a scheme to defraud.
Warren was first elected as mayor in 2014 and then re-elected in 2017. In June, Warren was defeated in the Democratic Party primary election by city councilman Malik Evans and has this advice for him as he prepares for the new role.
“I would stay focused on Rochester 2034,” Warren said. “That was a plan that was born from this community, and our planning team did a phenomenal job and I hope that will continue because I think that sets our city up for the future and our children for a city that they can continue to be proud of."
Warren said it's been a great eight years and she has no regrets and looks forward to the future.
“I think that for me when the dust settles and people really take the time to look at the book, to look at the work that we did, they would be able to say that no matter what, no matter what happens, the warren administration stayed focused on the work and we stayed focused on the people of our city,” Warren said.
When we asked if this would be the last we would see of her politically, this is what she said:
“Who knows!” Warren said. “I never say never. You never know what God has in store for you but right now my focus is going to be on my family and making sure that is the priority.”
Once her resignation is official, Deputy Mayor James Smith will become Rochester’s 70th mayor for one month before Evans is sworn in as the 71st mayor on Jan. 1.
Copyright 2021 - WHEC-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company