David Gantt Assemblyman and veteran state legislator in Rochester has died


New York State Assemblyman David Gantt, a long-time public servant who served in the 137th District for more than 30 years, died Wednesday.


He was the first Black person from Monroe County elected to hold state office.


Gantt was 78 years old.


Mayor Lovely Warren issued a statement after his death:


“Assemblyman David Gantt was a father to me. He loved me unconditionally and inspired me to be who I am today.  He saw something deep within me and did everything he could to help me, and countless others, achieve their dreams.  
David will leave a lasting legacy in this community because he always stood up for what was right and for the people he represented. For decades, he worked and served tirelessly to lift up our City and all of its people. He also believed in me when few did. He inspired me, took care of me when I was sick, guided me as built my career and my family. And, he will always be part of my family. He has not only lifted me up, but countless people throughout our community.
I am proud of him for all that he did to lift as he climbed.  He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.  I will always remember his undying love for the Rochester community.  He fought a good fight, finished his race and now he has gone home to be with the Lord.  I will do all that I can to live up to the expectations he had for me.  He was not just a father to me, but also my political mentor.  I will forever miss him, and on behalf of the City of Rochester, I extend my deepest condolences to his family.  May he rest in peace with the Lord.”

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