Lovely Warren begins second mayoral term

Lovely Warren begins second mayoral term


By Jordan Mazza

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Lovely Warren began her second term as Rochester mayor Monday with an inauguration ceremony at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

Her inauguration speech recalled the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to highlight one of Rochester’s greatest challenges: persistent economic inequality.

“What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?” she said, quoting Dr. King.

Warren also pointed to Xerox founder Joseph C. Wilson – the namesake of the high school she graduated from – as a leader of racial integration in the workplace.

“We have a shining example of a man who was right here in our community that took this very, very seriously, and he did something about it,” said Warren, (D) Rochester mayor. “And so now, we have to stop talking about it, but really put forth the effort to do something about it.”

She says that effort includes creating a new Office of Community Wealth-Building to work alongside the City’s Office of Innovation on issues like poverty.

“We have started to talk to some community partners and look at it,” Warren said. “And we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to work with them to deal with this issue, and do a lot more research as to what is the issue, what is the problem. And recognizing that when you put the data in front of people, when the data is undeniable – that’s when change happens.”

But Warren says she’s not planning to change from her focus on jobs, educational opportunities and safer, more vibrant neighborhoods.

And she sees her performance in the primary and general election as a mandate from Rochesterians.

“I think that we are going in the right direction,” Warren said. “I think that the citizens of Rochester saw that. And so we have to continue to do that, we have to work harder and we have to fight a little bit harder in order to make sure that everyone realizes the dream that we have here in our community.”