News Release - Mayor Warren Issues Emergency Order Regarding Local Businesses Associated with Violence

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, November 18, 2021) – Today, Mayor Lovely A. Warren issued an Emergency Order that empowers the Chief of the Rochester Police Department to direct the closure of any commercial building where a shooting has occurred in the prior 30 days and the property has accrued 12 nuisance points in the past six-month period or 18 nuisance points over the last 12 months.

“Protecting our residents and the safety of our neighborhoods remains my top priority. This order empowers Chief David M. Smith to close any business where there has been a shooting and it’s operating in a manner that has consistently violated our local laws,” said Mayor Warren. “I don’t take this action lightly. However, Chief Smith has asked for this ability to ensure that he and our police officers can do all they can to keep our city safe. My hope is that this action, along with our continued, combined efforts to take violent criminals off our streets will strengthen Rochester’s safety.”

This order, and the previously announced State of Emergency, will remain in effect through December 12, 2021. Under Executive Law Section 24 (1), States of Emergencies can remain in effect and have to be renewed after 30 days. Mayor Warren previously proclaimed a State of Emergency on November 12.

(View: The Emergency Order and the prior Proclamation for the State of Emergency.)