The mayor of Rochester, New York, a city run by Democrats for many years, has been indicted on new criminal charges stemming from firearms and child endangerment violations.
Democratic Mayor Lovely Warren, elected in 2013 and defeated earlier this year in the Democratic primary, was charged along with her husband, Timothy Granison, due to a police raid at their home in May. Grandison was arrested at that time on three firearms and drug charges.
Warren was charged on July 16 with a single felony count of criminal possession of a firearm, two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two misdemeanor counts of failure to secure firearms.
The mayor’s home was searched under a warrant on May 19 due to Granison’s alleged criminal activity as a cocaine distributor. Police discovered a pair of guns in the house where the mayor’s 10-year-old daughter was left alone.
The mayor’s husband is being prosecuted in federal court for allegedly participating in a cocaine distribution ring. He is alleged to have received large amounts of cocaine from a co-defendant and then actively distributed the drugs to others charged as traffickers. The mayor is not being charged as being part of the drug trafficking conspiracy.
Although she and her husband have continued living in the same house, the mayor has denied any knowledge of her husband’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking and claims that she has been estranged and separated from her husband for years.
Warren announced a gun purchasing program being initiated in Rochester in May. At that time, she stated, “Getting guns off our streets must be our priority. We must continue working together with our citizens to take these guns off our streets so our residents can feel safe in their neighborhoods and live the lives they deserve.”
Warren was already dealing with other criminal charges before last week’s indictment. She was charged by a grand jury indictment last October stemming from her 2017 re-election campaign as Rochester’s mayor.
That case involves election law offenses related to contributions and expenditures. She has publicly admitted mistakes in reporting contributions, claiming there was no criminal intent involved. She has referred to the prosecution as a “political witch hunt.”
The mayor posted the statement, “I walk by faith,” to her Facebook account the evening following the announcement of her indictment.