Can Rochester trust an indicted mayor? Warren says yes.

Mayor Lovely Warren Photo: News10NBC. Mayor Lovely Warren

Deanna Dewberry
Updated: January 08, 2021 08:00 PM
Created: January 08, 2021 06:31 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The mayor released her state of the city address Thursday, and today she sat down to talk to News10NBC’s Deanna Dewberry.

She had but one rule: She could not discuss anything currently being investigated or litigated. But rest assured, that still left a lot of ground to cover. The big question is this: Why should Rochesterians trust her?

The mayor's State of the City address is a 10-minute video with big goals and sweeping proposals including housing investment, police reform and business development.

Deanna Dewberry: “As someone with 30 years in media, looking at your State of the City, it was beautifully produced and had the feel of a mayor launching a mayoral campaign. Was that the intention?" 

Mayor Lovely Warren: “We're moving towards the future. We're talking about equity and recovery. We're acknowledging the challenges of the past, the things that we did well and the things that we didn't get quite so right."

Dewberry: "Considering some of the legal challenges you're facing right now, an indictment, how can you ask the residents of Rochester to trust you with another term?"

Mayor Warren: "What every person in America enjoys, Lady Justice, is a system that says every person is innocent until proven guilty. I'm innocent. So I know that in the end, I'll prevail."

Warren has faith she'll be exonerated and can fulfill and ambitious mission that includes police reform, an issue that took center stage after the death of Daniel Prude and weeks of protests. The crisis culminated with the firing of Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary.

But that firing did not satisfy the activists that filled Rochester's streets. They said the mayor was also to blame, if not for Prude's death, for what they believed was the cover-up.

Dewberry: "What do you say to those folks who were out in the streets calling for your resignation?” 

Mayor Warren: "The tragic injustice in the death of Daniel Prude rocked us all to our very core. And that is the reason why we started the crisis intervention team. And when people call 911 starting on the 21st we wanted to make sure we get it right, they will get a different response."

Dewberry: "How do you go about though regaining the trust of those folks, many of whom were black and brown, marching in the streets saying they wanted you to resign because they didn't trust you to handle this very issue?"

Mayor Warren: "By doing the work. By making the change.  Not waiting.  We're doing it right now."

Dewberry asked the mayor about a variety of topics including her plans for business development and her plan to develop a housing trust fund that would help make homeownership accessible to low-income residents at risk for homelessness. You can see the entire conversation in the video in the player below (mobile users, click here):

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