“THANK YOU ROCHESTER!” Mayor Lovely Warren to Resign as Part of Plea Deal

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren agreed to resign shortly before her term ends as part of a deal to settle charges she violated campaign finance rules during her 2017 reelection campaign.

Warren was scheduled to go on trial Monday on felony charges she and two assistants took steps to evade contribution limits. Instead, Warren and her two co-defendants each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accepting campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits, according to the Monroe County district attorney’s office.

The deal also resolves separate charges related to unsecured firearms in her home. 

She did not answer questions from reporters as she left court, but later in the day posted a statement on Facebook.

“Leaving the past behind and looking forward to a brighter future. Thank you Rochester,” Warren wrote. “We’ve accomplished a lot together, but in the end, I thank God that I’m able to choose family over everything