It was reported earlier today by The New York Post, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has agreed to resign for violating state election law during her 2017 run for re-election and will leave office by Dec. 1.
Warren, 44, was readying Monday for what was expected to be a month-long trial on felony charges that she and two assistants violated campaign contribution limits, but she pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor, admitting that she knowingly exceeded the $8,557 limit, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
By admitting to the charge, the city’s first black woman elected as mayor avoids the likely loss of her law license and immediate removal from office.
Warren’s co-defendants, campaign treasurer Albert Jones Jr. and Rosiland Brooks-Harris, treasurer of political action committee Warren for a Strong Rochester, also pleaded guilty to accepting campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits, the newspaper reported.
It was further reported by ConservativeBrief that if she had, “…taken her case to trial and been found guilty, Warren could have faced anywhere between 1-3 years in prison.”
“Mayor Lovely Warren pleads guilty to an election law misdemeanor and in exchange, she agrees to resign as mayor no later than Dec 1, 2021. The plea also satisfies the gun and endangerment charge stemming from the raid on the mayor’s home in May,” investigative reporter Berkeley Brean posted Monday from the court. “Here is the negotiated plea: plead guilty to an election law violation and in turn Mayor Lovely Warren resigns effective Dec. 1, 2021. The deal also satisfies the gun and child endangerment charges against the mayor,” Brean reported.
Back in July, Warren and her husband Timothy Granison were charged with criminal possession of a firearm, two counts of failure to secure firearms in a home, and two counts of Endangering the welfare of a child, Fox News reported.
The May 19 search of the home by the state police was related to Granison, 42, who also faces federal charges related to an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy. Authorities found a rifle and pistol were found inside the home, where the couple’s 10-year-old daughter was left alone, resulting in the charges, District Attorney Sandra Doorley said.
The mayor said she and her husband have been estranged for a long time but her tenure as mayor has been plagued with controversy.