Beleaguered Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — whose administration came under fire for mishandling the case of a Black man who died in police custody — was arraigned Monday afternoon on unrelated campaign finance charges.

Her lawyer, Joseph Damelio, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf in the Monroe County Hall of Justice to one count each of scheme to defraud and an election-law violation for allegedly evading campaign contribution limits while running for a second term in 2017.

ROCHESTER, NY MAYOR WARREN INDICTED ON CHARGES INCLUDING DEFRAUD IN FIRST DEGREE AND VIOLATION OF ELECTION LAW

Lovely, wearing glasses, a mask and a white coat, sat behind her attorney in the first row of the gallery during the proceeding.

Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone ordered Warren released on her own recognizance after prosecutors said the crimes for which she’s charged are not eligible for bail.

“Obviously it goes without saying you cannot be getting into any trouble at all along the way,” Leone cautioned the mayor.

CUOMO WARNS NYC RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS COULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR CORONAVIRUS VIOLATIONS

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office unsealed the indictment last week against Warren, a Democrat, and two associates Albert Jones Jr., her campaign treasurer, and Rosiland Brooks Harris, her finance director.

The indictment alleges that Warren and her co-defendants encouraged 28 donors to exceed $8,500 campaign-contribution limits. The donors gave to her campaign account and a separate political action committee — both to aid her re-election.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, left, speaks to the media during a press conference in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, where she announced the suspension of officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, left, speaks to the media during a press conference in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, where she announced the suspension of officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Jones and Harris were also arraigned Monday, with their lawyers entering pleas of not-guilty on their behalf. They

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, a onetime rising star in the Democratic Party who faces corruption charges that could end her career — and land her behind bars — appeared in a Monroe County courtroom Monday to plead not guilty to all charges.

Warren, 43, is accused of bypassing campaign contribution limits when she successfully ran for reelection as mayor in 2017.

Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone will preside over her case in Monroe County to possibly avoid any judicial ties to the mayor.

“In my 14 years on the bench, I’ve never told my administrative judge ‘no,’ so here I am in Rochester today,” he said.

Appearing via a live stream at Monroe County Supreme Court, Warren sat cross-legged in the courtroom’s first row wearing a lilac face mask and a white coat.

Leone didn’t mince words in releasing the embattled mayor from custody as her court case plays out.

“Ms. Warren, I am going to release you on your own recognizance,” the judge said, further warning her not to get into “any trouble.”

“If you are convicted of the most serious charges here — well, they’re all Class E felonies — I’ll show you absolutely no consideration whatsoever, and I will sentence you to prison, do you understand that?” he added.

“Yes,” Warren solemnly responded.

Warren was indicted on first-degree scheme to defraud and election law violation by a Rochester grand jury on Friday. The charges came after a years-long investigation into her 2017 reelection campaign, prosecutors said.

Warren’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and treasurer Rosalind Brooks-Harris of the political action committee “Warren for a Strong Rochester” also face charges in the case. Brooks-Harris is also Rochester City’s finance director.

The mayor could serve up to four years in prison if convicted; she also faces

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren (D) pleaded not guilty to felony campaign finance charges during an arraignment Monday.

Warren’s lawyer Joseph Damelio entered the mayor’s plea on her behalf during her arraignment in Monroe County Court. He said Warren did not purposefully break any campaign laws and was not preparing to resign as “her ability to govern has not been impaired,” The Associated Press reported

“She welcomes the opportunity for the public to see whether the district attorney’s charges hold water,” Damelio told reporters.

Warren along with two associates were indicted on Friday on charges of scheming to defraud and violating election laws. Her campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and Rosalind Brooks-Harris, the treasurer of the PAC that supported the mayoral candidate, also both pleaded not guilty. 

The three allegedly made moves to evade contribution limits between Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2017. 

If the mayor is convicted, she could face up to four years in prison, lose her law license and be removed as mayor, district attorney Sandra Doorley said, according to AP.

Motions in the case will be argued on Jan. 12.

The state Board of Elections had received complaints about Warren’s campaign finances in 2017 from two candidates who ran against her. But Doorley said the board received a 35-page report in March “that found considerable evidence” against the three defendants. 

Warren has denied wrongdoing and called the investigation a “political witch hunt.”

The mayor has faced separate calls to resign over the city’s handling of Daniel Prude’s suffocation death in March after police pinned the Black man naked to a street and put a spit hood over his head. 

Prude’s family released police body camera video of his arrest last month after they received it through an open records request. The video sparked unrest

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who has faced calls to resign over her city’s handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude at the hands of police, pleaded not guilty Monday to campaign finance charges dating to her 2017 reelection campaign.



Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren walks out of city court after her arraignment in Rochester, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Warren, who has faced calls to resign over her city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude at the hands of police, pleaded not guilty Monday to campaign finance charges dating to her 2017 reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


© Provided by Associated Press
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren walks out of city court after her arraignment in Rochester, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Warren, who has faced calls to resign over her city’s handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude at the hands of police, pleaded not guilty Monday to campaign finance charges dating to her 2017 reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

A lawyer for the second-term mayor, a Democrat, entered the plea on her behalf. Warren had been indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of scheming to defraud and violating election laws.

Warren’s lawyer says she did not intentionally break any law and is ready to fight the charges.

“She welcomes the opportunity for the public to see whether the district attorney’s charges hold water,” attorney Joseph Damelio said outside court after the proceeding.

Warren left the court without speaking reporters. She stopped briefly to hug a couple of the few dozen supporters outside the building who chanted, “We still believe.”

Warren, leader of the Lake Ontario city of more than 200,000 people, was arraigned in Monroe County Court. Sitting in the front row and wearing a face mask, Warren said she had no questions when asked by the judge.



Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, center, walks out of city court after her arraignment in Rochester, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Warren, who has faced calls to resign over her city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude at the hands of police, pleaded not guilty Monday to campaign finance charges dating to her 2017 reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


© Provided by Associated Press
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, center, walks out of city court after her arraignment in Rochester, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Warren, who has faced calls to resign over her city’s handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude at the hands of police, pleaded not guilty

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on campaign finance charges dating to her 2017 reelection campaign.



FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Rochester, N.Y. Mayor Lovely Warren addresses the media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. Warren was indicted Friday, Oct. 2 on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her reelection campaign three years ago. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley also announced charges against Warren’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and the treasurer of her political action committee, Rosalind Brooks-Harris.  (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)


© Provided by Associated Press
FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Rochester, N.Y. Mayor Lovely Warren addresses the media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. Warren was indicted Friday, Oct. 2 on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her reelection campaign three years ago. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley also announced charges against Warren’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and the treasurer of her political action committee, Rosalind Brooks-Harris. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

The second-term mayor, a Democrat, was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on charges of scheming to defraud and violating election laws. Through her lawyer, Warren said she did not intentionally break any law.

Her campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and Rosalind Brooks-Harris, the treasurer of a political action committee that backed Warren, also are due in Monroe County Court. All are accused of taking steps to evade contribution limits between Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2017.

The criminal case comes during a tumultuous time for Warren, who has been facing calls to resign over the city’s handling of the death of Daniel Prude. Prude, who was Black, died after police pinned him naked to a street and put a spit hood over his head following his brother’s call for help over Prude’s irrational behavior.

Warren was set to be arraigned in Monroe County Court before a judge from Cayuga County. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to four years in prison, lose her law license and be removed from office, according to the district attorney, Sandra Doorley.

Doorley said Friday that elections officials began fielding complaints about Warren’s campaign