Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren (D) pleaded not guilty to felony campaign finance charges during an arraignment Monday.
Warren’s lawyer Joseph Damelio entered the mayor’s plea on her behalf during her arraignment in Monroe County Court. He said Warren did not purposefully break any campaign laws and was not preparing to resign as “her ability to govern has not been impaired,” The Associated Press reported.
“She welcomes the opportunity for the public to see whether the district attorney’s charges hold water,” Damelio told reporters.
Warren along with two associates were indicted on Friday on charges of scheming to defraud and violating election laws. Her campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and Rosalind Brooks-Harris, the treasurer of the PAC that supported the mayoral candidate, also both pleaded not guilty.
The three allegedly made moves to evade contribution limits between Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2017.
If the mayor is convicted,