Who’s Up Next for Rochester City Council?
By Spectrum News Staff
Rochester City Council was going to look different even before now-former councilman Adam McFadden pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. McFadden had previously announced he wouldn’t seek re-election after he was initially charged in the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Monroe County Democratic Committee confirmed Monday that members will meet in coming weeks to make a recommendation on whom should be appointed to McFadden’s seat.
McFadden represented the Southern District on the City Council — a position that County Legislator LaShay Harris hopes to win. She’s currently serving as a legislator for the county’s 27th District and has filed her petition to get on the ballot for City Council this year, regardless of who the committee appoints in the interim.
Elsewhere in City Council races, former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is making a run for the North West District. The seat is currently occupied by Molly Clifford, but the Monroe County Democrats endorsed candidate LaShana Boose for the position at their nominating conference in February.
The Monroe County Board of Elections confirmed that Leticia Astacio has filed a petition to get on the ballot, but the question remains if she would even be eligible to run by the time of the June primary, as she’s currently facing a felony charge for attempting to buy a shotgun while she was on probation for drunk driving. She would also lose her ability to practice law in New York State if she is convicted.
And she’s not the only Astacio running for City Council. Her sister, Felicia Astacio, announced she is running for the City Council’s East District seat, currently occupied by Elaine Spaull. Felicia’s competition for the seat is Mary Lupien, who was endorsed by the Monroe County Democrats. Felicia is a political newcomer, and the mother of four young children says she’s running for City Council to advocate for children, bridge the gap between the community and police, and to revamp Rochester’s east side. She is a licensed day care provider who runs her business out of her home, and has been working in child care for 10 years.
According to the Monroe County BOE, all of the aforementioned City Council candidates — Leticia Astacio, Felicia Astacio, Lashay Harris, Lashana Boose, and Mary Lupien — have all filed petitions to be on the ballot this year. Other City Council candidates include Bryce Miller (East District), Michael Patterson (incumbent for North East District), Lydia Rivera-Warr (North West District), and Frank Martin III (South District).
With so many seats up for grabs, it’s shaping up to be a busy year for City Council elections. The primary is scheduled for June 25.