City Council President and mayoral candidate Lovely Warren rolled out her economic plan (see below) this morning during a press conference at her west-side headquarters.
Warren’s plan includes creating a Rochester Industrial Development Agency to guarantee jobs for city residents, pursuing social impact bonds to help deal with Rochester’s serious social problems, creating a small business center, and adopting measures to increase transparency and promote sustainability.
Warren said her biggest criticism of her opponent, incumbent Mayor Tom Richards, is that he hasn't done enough to create jobs for city residents. Unemployment in the City of Rochester is higher than unemployment in the county as a whole. Unemployment in the Rochester metro area was 7 percent in May, compared to 9.3 percent in the City of Rochester, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Warren’s plan also addresses housing and aging in place — measures to help aging residents stay in their homes as long as possible.
The Richards campaign called Warren’s plan a “collection of random ideas from a politician who has never created a private sector job in her life.”