QUILT Y!! Leonard Redon:
Rochester Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon, who was arrested on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge in March, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Friday.
Redon was arrested March 19 after State Police pulled him over for speeding on Interstate 490. He failed several parts of a sobriety test, registered a 0.13 percent blood-alcohol level and originally pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor DWI charge.
“Len has expressed deep regret for his lapse in judgment,” Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement. “There is precedent under previous administrations for allowing individuals to continue to serve following a misdemeanor plea, as long as the transgression was not on city time or related to city business and their employment record was meritorious, as is the case with Deputy Mayor Redon.” A City Court judge ruled this summer that the traffic stop and arrest were lawful. Redon’s trial had been set to begin Monday. Redon has no previous arrests for DWI or DUI, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Warren said Redon “continues to be a highly qualified and dedicated public servant.”