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Neighborhoods await Warren's plan

Rochester, N.Y. -Throughout the campaign, candidate Lovely Warren spoke of investing in neighborhoods. Now the mayor-elect, leaders of those neighborhoods want to know what she meant and if she'll keep the campaign promise.

"Is she going to invest in manpower in public safety to cleanup the neighborhood?" asked Mary Coffey, Co-Founder of the North Winton Village Association.

Warren said Tuesday that public safety is the number one concern for the community and neighborhoods, though her public safety game plan has not yet been revealed.

"I would like to see more viable businesses, more housing, safe places," stated Regina Seabrook, President of Group 14621, a community group.

Her neighborhood has numerous vacant buildings often frequented by those engaging in illegal activity, according to Seabrook.
There are few good job opportunities for those in her neighborhood. It had been harder to secure funding for revitalization efforts of late, said Seabrook.

"The money is trickling in slower than it has before and a lot of that has to do with the money that's for not for profits, the grants," said Seabrook. "The pots not being as big as they were."

Warren is in the midst of working with a newly formed transition team as she prepares to take the place of outgoing mayor, Tom Richards.

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