ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and her husband, Timothy Granison, are facing new charges after an indictment was unsealed Friday, officials from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office announced.
They are each charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a Class E felony, along with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor and two counts of failure to lock/secure firearms in a dwelling — a misdemeanor in violation of the Rochester City Code.
Warren and Granison arrived at Monroe County Court for arraignment Wednesday.
The mayor and her husband both pleaded not guilty to all the charges they face. They were each released on their own recognizance.
The mayor swiftly exited the courtroom without addressing media.
Granison’s attorney, John DeMarco, filed an application to have the charges against his client dismissed. Granison also did not address the media as he exited the courtroom.
The mayor was previously indicted on campaign finance violations while Granison was recently arrested drugs and weapon charges after a drug bust.
According to prosecutors, the new charges stem from a search warrant conducted in May by law enforcement in a months-long drug ring investigation. That search warrant was executed at 93 Woodman Park, where Granison resides with Warren, the homeowner.
A pistol and rifle were found in the home where their 10-year-old daughter was left alone, resulting in the charges unveiled Friday. Granison’s attorney, John Demarco, said the firearm was legal and registered to a “party that was often in the home.”
“Over the course of the last few weeks, it’s been reported by more than one agency that drugs were found in my client’s residence — I don’t believe that is true,” said Warren’s attorney Joe DaMelio. “We haven’t heard that that was true. We kind of wish that would be amended or corrected somehow.”
Even with the mayor facing criminal charges, her attorney says it won’t impact her ability to fulfill her duties at City Hall, adding that Warren is “very strong,” and can run the city.
“If you would have asked me this question two years ago, not knowing who she was, I would say, ‘how could you — how is that even possible?'” DaMelio said. “Now, after the last year-and-a-half that I have become to know her, I am confident that she can do exactly that.”
According to the prosecution, the mayor will be treated like any other citizen facing similar charges.
“We are treating Mayor Warren like we would any other individual,” said assistant district attorney Michael Bezer. “We are not giving her any special treatment, but at the same time we are not going to hold that fact against her. The reality of the situation given our review of the case and examination of the evidence, that we would charge anybody in her position with these charges.”
Following Granison’s initial arrest in May, the mayor said she had a separation agreement with her husband and she said she did nothing wrong. She also said the investigation was politically motivated.
Granison previously pleaded not guilty to three felonies he’s facing as a result of the drug ring investigation, in which he’s charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree, Class B felony, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, third degree, Class B felony, and criminal possession of a firearm, Class E felony.
Due to the campaign finance violations, the mayor was previously charged with two class E felonies; scheme to defraud in the first degree, and violation of election law 14-126(6).
Last month Warren was defeated by Malik Evans in the Democratic primary for Rochester mayor. She’s scheduled to face trail on the campaign finance charges in September.
Warren returned to work this week after a weeklong stay in the hospital where she was recovering from salmonella poisoning.
City hall officials declined to comment on this story. Mayor Warren’s attorney has not immediately responded to a request for comment.
Mayor Lovely Warren posted on Facebook Friday evening, saying “I walk by faith.”
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