Mayor Lovely A. Warren
Lovely Warren was sworn in as Rochester’s 67th mayor on January 2, 2014. She is the first female mayor in the history of the city, the second African-American mayor, and the youngest mayor in modern times.
Mayor Warren’s goals are to improve educational outcomes for city students, increase economic development, improve public safety and community/police relations and address the stark economic disparities that plague many parts of the city.
Noting that improving educational outcomes is at the crux of many of the Rochester's most pressing challenges, Warren has made education a focal point of her tenure. She frequently visits the city’s schools to interact with students and encourage them to stay in school and reach for the stars.
One of Mayor Warren’s first actions upon taking office was the formation of an Early Learning Council to support the success of Universal Pre-K in Rochester. Based on the recommendations of the Early Learning Council, Mayor Warren launched the 3-to-3 Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to give every 3-year-old in the city of Rochester the opportunity to develop the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in school and in life by the time that 3-year-old completes 3rd grade.
Mayor Warren has also placed a strong emphasis on improving community/police relationships. She reorganized the Rochester Police Department (RPD) into a 5-section model that emphasizes smaller police beats, and building personally relationships between the officers and the communities they serve. The new community policing model will be fully implemented in early 2015.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Warren was elected to the Northeast District seat on City Council in 2007. In 2010, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as City Council President -- making her the youngest City Council President in Rochester’s history.
Warren is past president of the Rochester Black Bar Association. Her work in government and in the community has been recognized with a Black Heritage Pioneer Award, RBJ’s “Forty Under Forty,” the Daily Record’s “Up and Coming Attorneys” and the Democrat & Chronicle’s “Emerging African-American Leaders.”
Warren was born and raised in the Rochester and is a graduate of Wilson Magnet High School. She earned a Bachelor Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University. She, and her husband Timothy Granison, are parents to a daughter, Taylor.
Mayoral Initiatives and Special Projects
Administration - The Executive Branch of City Government
The Mayor’s Office represents the head of the executive / administrative branch of City Government. The Mayor is responsible for the administration of all City affairs, including approving local laws and ordinances; enforcing laws; and appointing department heads and members of certain boards and commissions. All City operations are overseen by the Office through the direct supervision of the Mayor and appointed senior staff.
The administration performs the City's executive and central support functions. These include strategic planning, developing and implementing policy, preparing and administering the annual budget and capital improvement plan, and coordinating the submission of legislation to City Council. The offices of the administration are also responsible for several centralized functions of the City government: Personnel and civil service; communications and public information; examining and evaluating City programs and processes through the Office of Public Integrity; and the City's legal business.
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