Adam Mcfadden

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Former City Council Vice President Adam McFadden pleaded guilty to new felony charges on Wednesday. McFadden admitted to defrauding and embezzling over $100,000 from a children’s community organization. 

McFadden said that while he was the executive director of Quad A for Kids, he falsified invoices and receipts amounting to $131,163. Quad A is an organization that offers after-school programs for youths in the city.

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Zola Brown has spent most of the last decade involved with the 19th Ward Community Association and became its president just a few months ago.

Over cheesy grits and coffee at the Arnett Cafe, Brown said the neighborhood is in transition.


Rochester City Council has a new vice president. At-large Council member Willie J. Lightfoot was elevated to the post Tuesday night by a unanimous vote. His nomination was announced earlier this week.

“I am honored and humbled to serve our great city as the vice president of the City Council. I am grateful to my colleagues on City Council for selecting me and look forward to serving in this role,” said Lightfoot.


Even though Rochester City Council Vice President Adam McFadden pleaded guilty to a felony Monday, which would mean he can’t continue to hold his council seat, there are still some questions about how much longer he can remain in office.

McFadden pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of  wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

City Council President Loretta Scott and the city’s lawyer Tim Curtin released statements saying that state law requires McFadden to leave office immediately.

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Rochester City Councilmember and Council Vice President Adam McFadden was charged in federal court this morning with four counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering involving the Rochester Housing Authority and Rochester Housing Charities.

Housing Authority Chairperson George Moses was arrested on similar charges four months ago. He was accused of lying to the FBI in its investigation.

When he was running for Congress, Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden said that young people do not value life the way they should. He said that addressing violence is more complex than simply passing new laws.

We talk to him about trauma-informed care, and the complex solutions to violence in our community.


Four Rochester City Councilmembers were sworn in during ceremonies in crowded council chambers Monday afternoon.

South District representative Adam McFadden was happy to claim being the longest-serving member on the council. "This is my fourth time doing this. I don't get a clap for that?” He did.

McFadden will continue to chair the Public Safety, Youth and Recreation Committee, and told family, friends and colleagues he will dedicate his term to helping the people of Rochester.

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Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden knew one of the victims in Wednesday night's drive-by shooting  and spoke with Beth Adams this morning about the tragedy.