Four John Jay College alumni were elected to significant political offices on Election Day, November 5, including the first female Mayor of Rochester, NY.
Lovely Warren (BA ’00), the President of the Rochester City Council, was elected Mayor of that upstate city, winning 55 percent of the vote to thwart the reelection bid of incumbent Mayor Thomas Richards. Warren, a Democrat, also becomes the third-youngest Mayor in Rochester history.
Closer to home, alumnus Scott Stringer (BA ’86) captured 76 percent of the vote to win election as New York City Comptroller. Stringer has been serving as Manhattan Borough President, and previously represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly.
Brooklyn will have a new District Attorney and a new Borough President in 2014. Kenneth Thompson (BA ’89), a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, was elected District Attorney with 73.5 percent of the vote. He defeated longtime incumbent Charles J. Hynes for the second time in less than two months, having upset Hynes in the September Democratic primary.
Eric Adams (BA ’98), a former New York City police captain who has served in the New York State Senate since 2004, scored 90 percent of the vote in the race for Brooklyn Borough President. He and Thompson are the first African Americans to hold their respective offices.