Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s tenure is off to a rocky start after she had to admit her uncle and driver was stopped twice, not once, for speeding on the Thruway to and from Albany for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week.
Warren on Thursday suspended her uncle, Reggie Hill, for one week and fined $50 by the city, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Warren had told reporters earlier this week that Hill had only been stopped once. And city officials still won’t say how fast he was going, with reports saying he was going more than 90 mph on each stop.
Hill put out a statement Thursday and acknowledged he was stopped on the way down and again on the way back from Albany.
Here’s Warren’s explanation to reporters earlier this week:
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Both times, he said, he explained to the state trooper that he was on a security detail. Having worked security for three past governors while with New York State Police, Hill explained it was common practice to travel at a speed faster than other motorists.
The first time, he was allowed to proceed, he said. The second time, he was verbally reprimanded and told to slow down.
When asked about the incident earlier this week — specifically, if the traffic stop was on the way down or back from Albany — Warren said, “We were coming from.” Asked then if they were similarly speeding on the way down, Warren said, “No. No, I don’t think so.”
The Albany Times-Union reported Monday that Hill was stopped going 97 mph on the way to Albany. Hill, through city spokeswoman Chris Christopher, had disputed the speed, but acknowledged it was something more than 80. Warren later reduced that estimate further, saying it was between 77 and 80 mph.
Christopher had shrugged off the suggestion of two stops Tuesday night, and Warren declined to answer questions on the matter Wednesday. She did not immediately respond to a voice mail seeking comment Thursday.