Carballada named mayor, survives legal challenge

ROCHESTER — R. Carlos Carballada, the city’s neighborhood and business-development commissioner, was named Rochester’s acting mayor last month.

According to a press release from the mayor’s office, Carballada received the appointment following the Jan. 18 announcement that Mayor Thomas Richards would resign. A lawsuit that challenged Carballada’s appointment was dismissed at the beginning of February.

According to the press release, Richards — who succeeded former Mayor Robert Duffy when Duffy became the state’s lieutenant governor Jan. 1 — resigned because it was uncertain whether his plan to run for mayor in a special election slated for March 29 would constitute a violation of the Hatch Act, which restricts political activity by state and local officials who administer federally funded programs

Carballada was named Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the Rochester Hispanic Business Association last fall.

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