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Lovely weighs in on McFadden comments
Rochester, N.Y. --- The President of Rochesters City Council weighed in on comments made earlier this week by a council colleague.
Lovely Warren is also running for Mayor and squared off in a Democratic Primary next month against Rochesters current Mayor Tom Richards.
On Tuesday morning Councilman Adam McFadden used some racially charged directed at some in city leadership. He was a guest on WDKX 103.9-FM and was responding to callers concerns on issues that included safety at city rec centers and the citys approach to truancy in schools.
"So when a kid gets jumped at a rec center is somebody running to the Chief saying I want to press charges on the Mayor? He is responsible. Just like I have some responsibility. This is a short-sighted, lets do stuff so we can make white people feel comfortable about us. So let's just do whatever we want to black and Latinos that's really what it comes down to. They want to give an image like they putting the (N-word) in check. And yes I said the N-word. I said it. And I said it because this is how they think about us."
13WHAM News first aired a report on these comments Wednesday night and you can view that report and raw video of our interviews with McFadden and Mayor Tom Richards by clicking here.
Lovely Warren responded to requests for comment by 13WHAM News on Friday and you can watch raw video of our interview with her by clicking here.
"This is not campaign business, we have so many other issues to focus on in our city when it comes down to crime, when it comes down to unemployment, when it comes down to education and we are having a discussion about a word, said Warren.
I don't think that we should get caught up on a word. I think that we have some serious issues in this city and I choose to focus on the problems and I choose to want to focus on providing solutions to those problems and not on a word.
Warren remarked that she believes this was an issue between McFadden and Mayor Richards and, like both of them, she was reluctant to comment when approached by 13WHAM News.
"I think that we have to start to focus on the issues that are plaguing our city and want to do something about that. You know you cannot continue to avoid the problems because you know what? It overtakes us, said Warren.
When asked if she felt City Hall could do a better job of addressing issues in impoverished communities Warren said, Absolutely we can do a better job that is why I'm running for mayor.
"I went over to the Gantt Center just last week, walked in the door to see how the construction was coming along for the money that I raised to re-do that center and not one black or brown person was working (on the construction project), Warren continued.
"We've been talking about this in the community for this entire year but I'm tired of talking about it, it's about what are we going to do about it? We know that these disparities exist we've known that they've existed for 30-years.
When asked is McFadden should not have said what he did Warren responded, I'm not going there, I'm not going there.
She later added, I think we have some serious issues in our city when it comes down to disparities that affect the most vulnerable citizens and I choose to focus on them.