Judge Dismisses Mayoral Lawsuit

Judge David Barry issued a ruling late Friday dismissing a lawsuit that challenged the authority of acting Mayor Carlos Carballada. The ruling clears the way for a special election on March 29.

That election was potentially in jeopardy if the judge's ruling required City Council to appoint a new mayor thus triggering a general election that would be held this November.

Acting Mayor Carballada released this statement:

First, I'd like to thank my colleagues in the City for their patience and for helping us to continue to operate Rochester's government efficiently and effectively. Next, I'd like to thank the Court for moving so quickly on this matter. Our citizens can now decide for themselves who should be their mayor and that decision is coming in a matter of weeks. This is good news and I would ask all sides to come together and work together to move our city forward through the daunting fiscal challenges we face.

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