Deputy Mayor James Smith

Lisa Robinson

After a year's hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rochester Lilac Festival will be back this May, but it will be a quite different experience. 

Organizer Jeff Springut said Thursday that social distancing and mask wearing are expected to be enforced for the 123-year-old festival. Those aren’t the only changes coming.

Mayor Lovely Warren says she won't resign, but she could be removed. Here's how.

Oct 5, 2020
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The felony indictment of Mayor Lovely Warren is expected to intensify the calls for her resignation that began nearly a month ago with revelations about the death of Daniel Prude.

The mayor, who is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, has previously said she has no intention of stepping down, and nowhere does the law require a mayor facing criminal charges to resign — although state law suggests she would be removed from office if she were convicted of a felony.