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Warren's transition team defends security hiring

Rochester, N.Y. - As City Councilmembers call on the city's Board of Ethics to investigate the hiring of Mayor Lovely Warren's uncle, Reggie Hill, a member of Warren's transition team told 13WHAM News she believes there was no wrongdoing and says Warren took appropriate action.

If it were me, I would hire someone I knew very well and had interest in my safety, Dr. dt ogilvie said.

When asked if it was ok to hire a family member, ogilvie said, It wouldn't matter, your safety's the most important thing.

Ogilvie also addressed reports of Reggie Hill being pulled over for speeding while driving Warren home from Governor Cuomos State of the State address in Albany.

She called that incident an error on Hill's part.

I think it was unfortunate that he didn't realize his role has changed, ogilvie said. Yes he's protecting her from other dangers but he needed to be more conscious of everything he was doing.

As for the Board of Ethics investigation, ogilvie said they'll have to wait and see what unfolds.

"Our desire is to put the question through a full review and put it to rest one way or the other, Rochester City Council President Loretta Scott said.

Scott said City Councilmembers had received a tremendous amount of calls about Warren's detail.

Scott said the council agreed that they had to look at a possibility of inconsistency of the city's ethics code.

The ethics board was put together more than a year ago with the help of Mayor Warren, who was then City Council president.

Mayor Warren told 13WHAM News she welcomes the investigation.

I spoke to City Council President Loretta Scott yesterday and I'm glad that she's calling for this and whatever they decide, we'll comply with and we'll move on, Mayor Warren said.


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