Updated: May 20, 2021 11:24 PM
Created: May 20, 2021 03:09 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she "did nothing wrong," following the arrest of her husband.
Timothy Granison, 42, was arraigned Thursday morning on drug and gun charges related to a seven-month-long wiretap investigation that resulted in seven total arrests.
"I woke up with my daughter in my arms, she looked at me and said, 'Mommy this is not your fault. Don’t give up,'" Warren said.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley and New York State Police Major Barry Chase announced details of the investigation earlier in the day. Doorley said this was a "mid-level drug organization that was infecting the city of Rochester."
The investigation led to a search warrant served at Warren and Granison's house on Woodman Park Wednesday night. In total, eight homes were searched. Investigators say they seized $60,000 worth of cocaine but didn't say which home they found it in. Police also seized more than $100,000 cash and four guns. Police say two of them were found at the mayor's house.
Warren added that she and Granison have been separated for years and co-parent their daughter.
"I find the timing of yesterday's events, three weeks before early voting starts, highly suspicious," Warren said. "I have not spoken to Tim since his arrest, and I'm not standing here to defend him."
The mayor strongly implied that the timing of all this is political, asking why Granison's next court date is June 21 — the day before the mayoral Democratic primary in Rochester. Warren is seeking a third term in office.
“If this is not about politics, why is Tim’s next court date the day before the primary?" Warren said. "Now, when you figure out those answers to those questions, come find me because I'll be working."
News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke was in the courtroom during Granison's attorney asked the judge not to set the next court date for at least 30 days because he has a trial. A judge from Ontario County set the next court date for June 21 at the request of the defense.
Warren did not take any questions. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office declined to comment on Warren's statement.
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