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Malik Evans, a Rochester City Council member who is challenging Mayor Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary in a bid to unseat her, has secured the endorsement of the Working Families Party, guaranteeing him a spot on the November ballot.

Party officials announced their support of Evans on Thursday, citing Warren’s handling of the death of Daniel Prude and what they described as a “longstanding pattern of police brutality” in Rochester that has continued under her administration.

Is Rochester ready to finalize a plan for reparations? Mayor Lovely Warren said on Friday that she wants to see reparations for Black residents and residents of color who have long suffered from the multi-generational impact of redlining and economic dispossession. How would this work?

Last week, the RASE Commission released its own report and recommendations for action, but two members of the commission dissented, because they wanted to see a recommendation for reparations. We've invited them to join us, to explain how they think this could be done. We've also invited Rochester's two mayoral candidates to join us.

Confirmed guests:

  • Damond Wilson, RASE Commissioner and member of Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach
  • Danielle Ponder, RASE Commissioner and attorney
  • Malik Evans, candidate for Rochester Mayor

Note: Mayor Lovely Warren was unable to join the conversation.

Warren eyes using pot revenue for reparations

Mar 26, 2021
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Mayor Lovely Warren said Friday that she is launching an effort to explore paying reparations to Black and brown city residents using tax revenues generated through the legal marijuana market.

The mayor said she was eyeing reparations and homeownership initiatives, including what she called a “universal basic income program.” Universal basic income, or UBI, generally involves giving a fixed government subsidy to every adult on a regular basis.

Rochester Police continue to investigate an incident that happened late Friday night where they say a man went to the top floor of the South Avenue parking garage while holding his 1-year-old child.

Authorities say he then jumped to his death while holding the child.

The man, who was in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken to the hospital and had been reported critical condition. But on Sunday, RPD said that while the child's condition is still serious, their condition is improving.

Daniel Prude probe: Mayor, city officials suppressed info about his death

Mar 12, 2021
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An independent investigation into the city’s handling of Daniel Prude’s death found that officials at the highest levels of city government and the Rochester Police Department suppressed information about his fatal arrest and blamed Mayor Lovely Warren for keeping the incident out of the public eye for so long.

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The city of Rochester has released police bodycam video of the shooting of a man who authorities say threatened officers with a knife early Wednesday morning.

It happened just before 3 a.m. near the Open Door Mission.

Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said that staff from the Mission called 911 to say that a man, who was staying at the facility on West Main Street, grabbed some knives from the kitchen and ran out of the building.

When police got there, the chief said officers gave the man several commands to drop a knife he was holding.

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A judge denied a motion to dismiss felony fraud and campaign finance charges against Mayor Lovely Warren and two co-defendants during a two-hour court session Monday.

But state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Leone, a Cayuga County judge who has been assigned the case, left open the possibility of dismissing the cases on other grounds. On Monday, he indicated he’d make future rulings on motions seeking dismissal of the charges either on grounds of selective prosecution or due to flawed evidence presented to the grand jury which indicted the co-defendants.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said on Saturday that she has earned the support of the City Democratic Committee for a third term.

Warren’s campaign committee said that she won the designation overwhelmingly with more than 62% of the vote.

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Mayor Lovely Warren on Thursday released a summary of reforms to policing she hopes to see and that she is scheduled to detail in the evening during an online public forum at 7 p.m.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, the Police Accountability Board and others are presenting a draft of police reform ideas on Thursday in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring local governments to have reform plans in place by April.

The Rochester Police Department, United Christian Leadership Ministry, and the Racial and Structural Equity Commission are involved in drafting the reform proposal alongside Warren, the PAB, and City Council members.