Warren takes the reins as first female mayor
Updated: Saturday, January 4 2014, 08:30 PM EST
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester's first female mayor was sworn in publicly Saturday.
Lovely Warren, the city's 67th mayor officially takes the reigns, furthering a journey that began last February when she first announced her intention to run.
For many of the people at the ceremony at the Rochester Auditorium Saturday, it was about witnessing history. For some, it was about continuing to show support for the candidate they helped elect.
The ceremony was full of song, dance and inspriation. Officials like Senator Charles Schumer, Constance Mitchell - the first woman and African-American elected to Monroe County Board of Supervisors, and Assemblyman David Gantt all spoke of Warren's accomplishments and leadership skills, saying she will do great things for the city.
Warren, who dedicated the ceremony and her speech to her late grandfather, Cecil McClary, promised she will work hard everyday to make Rochester as great as it can be.
With her hand on her grandmother's bible, Warren took on her new role.
"I want today's children to grow up seeing Rochester as a city where they can raise their own families because this is a good city, a city that we love, a city that is worth fighting for," said Warren.
A promise Warren kept coming back to in her inaugural speech was improving education in the city schools.
“We will do everything that we can to make sure that the children of Rochester education comes first and is the number one priority for our administration,” said Warren from the podium.
Warren said she’s been in touch with PUC Achieve Charter School who plans to open a school here in the fall.
Warren also plans to work with the Rochester City School District administration.
“My biggest worry today is that too many of our families are not finding this school suitable for our children and they're now turning to charter schools,” said RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas. “It is my challenge to make sure that our schools are working well for every child.”
Warren also touched on her plans for downtown, saying she wants to make people proud to be a Rochesterian.
“I think that we need to make sure that we build a performing arts center in downtown Rochester,” said Warren in an interview after the ceremony. “I know that we have to subsidies it with something, I will be talking to our developers about a possible movie theater along with that that they can charge 50 cents or a dollar per ticket.”
“I think what she had to say was great,” said New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy.
“I, like Lovely Warren, also grew up in a different downtown of Rochester and saw opportunities here and everyone is working on better days.”
Better days for Rochester, under the Warren administration, could mean better days for the city's youth.
“We must do everything in our power to ensure that our children receive a quality education and live in safe neighborhoods,” said Warren.
Warren focused on education and the revitalization of downtown in her inaugural address. She also thanked former mayor Tom Richards for his service, saying he planted the seed and now she's going to water it.