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Since elected, 4 trips to D.C. for Warren
Rochester, N.Y. - Since her election in November, Mayor Lovely Warren (D) has made four different trips to Washington D.C.
The mayor's communication's director told 13WHAM it's part of Warren's strategy for securing federal and state funds for Rochester.
"She's a very hard-working mayor and she understands we're in a competitive environment for government funds," said Christine Christopher. "We really need to look outside to Washington and Albany, make our case and be at the table."
Christopher pointed to Warren's recent trip when she met with the Army Corps of Engineers as a success story.
"Shortly after that, she announced we were going to be getting new funds for port dredging," Christopher said. "So this was another example of working together, being at the table and seeing progress made."
According to Christopher, it's standard operating procedure for the City of Rochester to pay for the expenses of the trips when the mayor travels to do the work for the people of the city, while adding that some of the expenses were paid for by Warren as well.
Warren's most recent trip to Washington focused on education initiatives for disadvantaged students, and was paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Also during the trips to Washington, Christopher said the Mayor has also made it a point to visit Democratic New York senators Chuck Schumer abd Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Rep. Louise Slaughter.
"If the mayor and our Congressional delegation aren't on the same page, we aren't going to see the same level of results," Christopher said.
When asked if the trips were a sign of future political ambition, Christopher said Rochester is the focus of the trips.
"From my perspective, the mayor is completely focused with these trips to Washington and Albany on business on the people on behalf of the City of Rochester," she said. "Lovely's committed to doing the best job as mayor as she can."