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Lovely Warren arrived at the Monroe County Board of Elections with a huge bundle of petitions.
More than 6,200 city residents signed the petition to guarantee Warren will be on the ballot in the September primary. That's a record number of signatures for a city-wide race and more than double what the Democratic Committee collected for Mayor Tom Richards.
Warren says that's a strong indication that Rochester residents want change at City Hall.
"They want better neighborhoods, they want safer neighborhoods, they want opportunities for businesses and they want to be able to have an educational system for their children that we all can be proud of," said Warren, D-mayoral candidate.
While Mayor Tom Richards was receiving an endorsement from the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council, his administration was announcing a new investment plan for city neighborhoods.
Richards says the city will invest nearly $3 million into additional affordable housing developments. Combined with state funding, Richards says $31 million will go toward neighborhood revitalization.
He said local workers, with an emphasis on a minority workforce, will provide the labor for these developments. They include rehabilitating more than 100 units at the Lake Avenue Century/Straub Apartments. The old warehouse on the corner of Conkey Avenue and Avenue D will be transformed into 40 units of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families.
Warren has criticized Richards for concentrating on downtown development while ignoring city neighborhoods.
"Take a look at our record, okay? Take a look at the record over the last two or three years. In four years, we've gotten 4,700 units. That's not something you invent for the election. Even this program I announced today, we've been working on this for six, eight, ten months," said Mayor Richards, D-Rochester.
Richards and Warren will square off in the Democratic Primary on September 10. The mayor also has the backing of the Independence and Working Family parties.
Alex White is the Green Party candidate.