Warren names a transition team, with a focus on Rochester’s budget

Warren, right, with Chris Thomas and dt ogilvie. (Jessica Alaimo)
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ROCHESTER—Rochester mayor-elect Lovely Warren named the leaders of her transition team on Wednesday, and invited all 77 of the mayor’s current appointees to reapply for their jobs, even as she pledged to bring new talent into her administration.

Chris Thomas, an attorney with Nixon Peabody, will help oversee the transition as will Dr. dt ogilvie, dean of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s business school. Thomas has been an adviser to several previous administrations, and ogilvie assisted Cory Booker after he was elected mayor of Newark.

“This transition is about talent,” Thomas said in the press conference. “The hallmark of a good leader is the ability to engage talent.”

Former city finance director Vince Carfagna will be also part of the transition team, along with former mayor Bill Johnson. The current mayor, Tom Richards, will also be an adviser, said Warren, who defeated Richards in an election that divided the city's political establishment along racial and geographic lines.

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Warren also said she has support from former mayor and Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy, who served as mayor of Rochester before joining the Cuomo administration.

Warren will resign her current post as Assemblyman David Gantt’s legal counsel and chief of staff by the beginning of the year, and she said her immediate priority upon taking office will be a "top-to-bottom" assessment of the city budget.

"We'll have a laser focus on the budget, a conservative, on-time, acceptable budget," Warren said.