Office of the Mayor

Mayor Lovely A. Warren

Birthplace: Rochester, New York

Mayor Lovely A. WarrenLovely Ann Warren was sworn in as Mayor of Rochester, New York on January 1, 2014, making her the city’s first female and youngest mayor in modern times. In 2017, she was re-elected to a second, four-year term.

Mayor Warren’s administrative agenda is focused on job creation, fostering safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and improving educational opportunities for Rochester’s residents. To that agenda, she brings a demonstrated ability to forge partnerships among the public, private, non-profit, academic, citizen and neighborhood sectors.

Mayor Warren is committed to building a “stairway out of poverty” by achieving economic equality and closing the “middle skills gap” for city residents. She has addressed barriers to employment on a wide range of fronts, including transportation, vocational training and small-business investment. She has raised Rochester’s profile for job creators with a host of capital improvement projects, including construction of the Port of Rochester Marina, revitalization of Midtown Plaza and the conversion of the Inner Loop East Expressway to an at-grade boulevard.

Born and raised in the 19th Ward Neighborhood, Mayor Warren has ushered in an unprecedented level of investment in neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment, including Bulls Head, Edgerton and North Hudson Avenue.

Rochester’s bond rating was upgraded by two Wall Street rating agencies in her first term and the ratings were re-affirmed in her second term. Rochester has the highest municipal bond rating of New York’s largest cities outside New York City.

Major crime rates in the city of Rochester fell to a 30-plus-year low during her tenure, and the Rochester Fire Department achieved a Class 1 rating from the national Insurance Services Organization.

An advocate of school choice, Mayor Warren helped the Rochester City School District increase pre-k enrollment by 1,200 percent in 2016 and fostered partnerships to enable the screening of thousands of children for developmental delays. She eliminated library fines for children and has overseen the distribution of thousands of free books to children in the city.

The daughter of an immigrant and granddaughter of a sharecropper, Mayor Warren proudly continues Rochester’s legacy as a leader in human and civil rights with such actions as re-affirming Rochester’s status as a Sanctuary City, supporting living wages and providing transgender medical benefits to City employees.

Mayor Warren was a Rochester City Councilmember from 2007 to 2013 and was elected as President in 2010—making her the youngest President in City Council history.

She has a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College and Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.  She was admitted to the practice of law in 2004. She has also received a Public Leadership Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

She is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Rochester Alumnae Chapter and the Westside Church of Christ. In addition, she is a member of the African American Mayors Association board of trustees; the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities' Youth Education and Families Committee.

Mayor Warren enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, her daughter, Taylor and dog, Rocco 

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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 servicecommunications 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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