Rochester Mayor: Our Future Is As Bright As Our Past

Rochester Mayor: Our Future Is As Bright As Our Past


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — She entered the stage with a full house on its feet at the Genesee Brewery, a place she said embodies the story of Rochester. Mayor Lovely Warren then got down to business on what she plans taking care of this next year.

She highlighted her efforts to get body cameras on Rochester police officers. They’ll be deployed in July.

Warren added the continual successful relationship between the city, the police department and Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will bring those responsible for the Genesee Street mass shooting to justice.

She highlighted jobs, photonics, and continuing to develop downtown, Port of Rochester, College Town and then the Inner Loop.

Warren announced she’s submitted an application to the Regional Economic Development Council for a $1 million grant to fund a study on filling that section of the Inner Loop in.

“We put in an application on that last year, it was not successful,” Warren said. “We put it back in because we think that it’s very important that we start on that project while we still have that momentum going on the southeastern side.”

Warren said the study would give the cost of the project, for now no plans are in place to move dirt.

During her address, Warren also placed a huge emphasis on education, particularly on the failing schools in the district. She has a plan to help.

“Currently under the state’s receivership program, when you have a number of different schools that are under receivership, or some form of it, there could be the potential that 28 schools could have a different receiver.”

Warren announced she’s sent a letter to the State Commissioner of Education, asking for her to have a say in failing schools here.

“Being the mayor of this city and having to deal with issues of a failed educational system that you need someone locally that has that authority to work with them to ensure accountability and responsibility.”

She was clear when saying it’s not a form of mayoral control. The troubled schools would be in their own district.

Warren reiterated throughout her address that “our future is as bright as our past.” She said for Rochester it can only get better.