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District # - Representing - Legislator (Party)

1 - Greece, Parma - Blake Keller (R)

Photo of Legislature7 Country Meadow Way
Hilton, NY 14468
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Legislator Blake Keller represents the 1st legislative district, which includes the towns of Greece and Parma. He was appointed in August of 2021 and was elected to his first full term in November of 2021.

In the Legislature, Blake has served as Chair of the Planning & Economic Development Committee, Vice-Chair of the Environment & Public Works Committee, and was a member of the Recreation & Education Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the Human Services Committee.

Blake brings with him extensive private sector and government experience. Blake’s career of over 30 years has included leadership positions around the world with a focus on new product development and training and leading world-class teams.  He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a State Department Advisor for the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Before joining the Monroe County Legislature, Blake served his community as an alternate member on the Parma Zoning Board and a member of the Parma Town Board. In his time on the Town Board, he was a strong advocate for attracting and retaining businesses to promote economic development and jobs. He has also focused on better understanding the needs of farmers in his community and the sustainability of lakeshore in Parma during his time as a Town Board Member - a focus that he brings with him to the Legislature. Blake was a member of the Business Development Working Group of the Monroe County Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) with a focus on the role of private industry and private investment in helping underserved communities.

Blake and his wife, Stephanie, are longtime Monroe County residents and currently live in Parma. They have two daughters, Maria and Faith.

2 – Clarkson, Hamlin, Sweden - Jackie Smith (R)

Photo of Legislature59 Sherwood Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Legislator Jackie Smith represents the 2nd legislative district, which includes the towns of Clarkson, Hamlin, and Sweden. She was elected to a two-year term, her first, in November 2019 and re-elected in 2021. Jackie currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader, Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee and member of the Transportation and Ways and Means Committees.

Prior to joining the Monroe County Legislature, Jackie served her community as a member of the Clarkson Town Board. In her time on the Town Board, she was a strong proponent of community resources, such as the Seymour Library and the Sweden Clarkson Recreation Center. Jackie has been involved in a number of community organizations over the years, such as Clarkson Good Neighbor Day, the Seymour Library After Hours Committee, and the Clarkson 5K Race Committee. She is currently active as Treasurer or the Clarkson Historical Society and as a volunteer with the BISCO Arts Festival.

Jackie is a graduate of Brockport High School and Monroe Community College. She works as an Education and Training Coordinator for Wegmans Food Marks. She and her husband, Kevin, are lifelong Monroe County residents and currently live in Clarkson. They have three children, Samantha, Ashley, and Kevin.

3 – Chili - Tracy DiFlorio (R)

Photo of Legislature17 Baymon Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (c) 585 733-8839
email: [email protected]

Legislator Tracy DiFlorio represents the 3rd Legislative District, which includes most of the Town of Chili. Tracy joined the Legislature on January 1, 2016 and was re-elected in 2019 and 2021. 

Tracy serves as Chair of the Planning and Economic Development Committee and member of the Environment and Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committees. Prior to joining the County Legislature, Tracy was a member of the Chili Town Board from 2010-2015. During her time with the Town, she acted as the liaison to the Drainage Committee and the Parks/Recreation Committee. She is also a member of the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council.

Tracy was born and raised in Monroe County. She graduated from Brockport High School before attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she studied Biology and Economics. Tracy currently works at Bausch and Lomb as a Quality Systems Training Specialist.  She is also Vice President of the Monroe County Republican Women's club, a member of the Rochester Chapter William Smith Alumnae Association, and recently served on the Churchville-Chili Phase 5 Advisory Committee. 

4 – Gates, Ogden - Frank X. Allkofer (R)

Photo of Legislature2758 Lyell Road
Rochester, NY 14606
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (c) 585 298-1474
email: [email protected]

Legislator Frank X. Allkofer represents the 4th Legislative District of Monroe County, which includes most of the Town of Gates and the southern portion of the Town of Ogden.  Frank was first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 and 2021. He is currently serving a two-year term.

In the Legislature, Frank is the Chair of the Recreation and Education Committee and a member of the Planning & Economic Development Committee. He was also previously the Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and a member of the Public Safety Committee. He is also a member of Monroe County Veterans Advisory Council, and a liaison to both the Monroe County Water Authority and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Board. In addition, Frank is a member of Chapter 20 Vietnam Veterans of America, Genesee Region State Parks Commission, 4 Point Rod and Gun Club, Avon Archery Club, Chili Fitness Center, and was inducted into the Gates-Chili Hall of Fame in 2017.

Frank has a long and proud history of serving both the Town of Gates and also the greater Monroe County community. He served as the Director of the Town of Gates Recreation and Parks Department from 1969-2000, and then went on to serve as the Director of the Monroe County Parks Department from 2000-2006. Before joining the County Legislature, Frank served as a Gates Town Board member from 2004-2015. 

Frank is a lifelong Gates resident, and he graduated from Gates-Chili High School. He then went on to study at Monroe Community College and the State University of New York at Brockport, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. 

Frank is a proud veteran, having served with the United States Army in Vietnam, and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is committed to serving and improving the quality of life for our community. He is a member of several organizations around the community, including the Gates AMITA Club and the Doud Post American Legion. He is also a member of St. Helen’s Parish.

5 – Henrietta, Mendon, Pittsford, Rush - Richard B. Milne (R)

Photo of Legislature409 County Office Building
39 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Legislator Richard B. Milne represents the 5th Legislative District, encompassing the Towns of Mendon and Rush, as well as parts of both Pittsford and Henrietta. Rick was elected to the Legislature in 2021 and is currently serving a two-year term. He currently serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee, Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and member of the Transportation Committee. 

In addition to the County Legislature, Rick serves as Mayor of the Village of Honeoye Falls. Prior to his service as Mayor, Rick served as a Village Trustee. Rick has a dedicated history of public service – a life member of the Honeoye Falls Fire Department and previously serving as a Medic for the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Volunteer Ambulance, currently serves as a member of the Session at the Honeoye Falls First Presbyterian Church, and current member of the NY Conference of Mayors Executive Board and Past President of the New York Conference of Mayors.

Rick and his wife, Mary Lou, reside on Norton Street in Honeoye Falls. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

6 - Greece - Sean McCabe (R)

Photo of Legislature95 Helenwood Road
Rochester, NY 14616
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Legislator Sean H. McCabe represents the 6th Legislative District, encompassing the eastern and southern portion of the Town of Greece. He was elected to the Legislature in 2021, and he is currently serving a two-year term.

In the Legislature, Sean is the Chair of the Environment & Public Works Committee and is the Vice-Chair of the Recreation & Education Committee.

Sean has been a member of the Greece Central School District Board of Education for almost 14 years, during which time he served as Vice President, and has been the President of the School Board for the last 8 years. Prior to joining the School Board, Sean proudly served as a Firefighter and EMT with the Ridge Road Fire District for over 28 years before retiring in 2019 and had been a member of the Ridge Road Professional Firefighters IAFF Local #3794 for over 20 years, holding the title of Secretary/Treasurer and Union President over the course of that time. Additionally, he is a 25-year member of the Greece Ridge Exempt Firemen's Association and has been Treasurer for the last 15 years. His work now includes representing firefighters across Western New York through the New York State Professional Firefighters and the International Association of Firefighters.

Sean enjoys fishing, hunting white-tail deer and spending time outdoors at his cabin in the southern tier.  He is also a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres and cheers them on avidly.

Sean is a longtime Monroe County resident, where he attended and graduated from Greece Olympia before moving on to graduate from Niagara University with a BS in Biology. He and his wife, Amy, raised two adult children Caitlin and Conor.  Sean and Amy continue to proudly reside in the Town of Greece.

7 – Greece, Rochester - Kirk Morris (R)

409 County Office Building
39 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; 
email: [email protected]

Bio forthcoming

8 – Webster - Mark Johns (R)

409 County Office Building
39 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Bio forthcoming 

9 – Penfield - Paul Dondorfer (R)

Photo of Legislature39 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Legislator Paul Dondorfer was elected to the Monroe County Legislature in November 2019 and re-elected in 2021 to his current two-year term. Paul currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader, Chair of the Public Safety, and member of the Ways and Means Committe. He has served the Monroe County community for the majority of his life. Having been raised in Monroe County, Paul has always felt devotion to the community and serving the residents of our area. 

After studying fire protection technology at Monroe Community College, Paul briefly left the area to pursue his career as a police officer in New York City. In 2004, Paul returned to Monroe County to join the Rochester Police Department as a police officer.  During this time, he was responsible for handling emergency calls for service as well as serving arrest warrants, drug warrants, addressing street level drug sales and quality of life issues in his assigned area. His experience in the field led him to be promoted in 2018 to Police Investigator, where he has a multitude of responsibilities including the preparation of criminal cases to be presented to a grand jury and eventual trial.

Outside of his career in law enforcement, Paul has also served as Deputy Director for the Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance and the former chapter manager for the Badge of Honor Association, which is an organization that helps support the families of fallen police officers.

Paul and his wife, Bobbi Jo, reside in Penfield with their son Antonio.

10 – Brighton, East Rochester, Pittsford - Howard Maffucci (D)

Photo of Legislature38 Greenpoint Trail
Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940; (h) 585 750-3116
email: [email protected]

Howard Maffucci represents the 10th Legislative District, which includes a majority of the Town of Pittsford, and a portion of the Village of East Rochester and the Town of Brighton. He is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Audit Committee, Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, and a member of the Veteran Service Agency Advisory Board, the Greater Rochester Airport Authority, and the Broadband Task Force.

Howard has been an active part of the community for more than 40 years, raising two kids in Pittsford with his wife, Tina, a former elementary school teacher. Deeply involved in the local educational system, Howard was a teacher and coach in Pittsford beginning in 1974, continued his career as an administrator in 1988, and eventually rose to become Superintendent of Schools for the East Rochester School District from 1996 to 2010. He currently serves as a negotiator for the School Administrators Association of New York State.

Beyond his duties as a Monroe County Legislator, Howard continues to be actively involved in the community. He was a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for the new Southeast YMCA, is a member of the Rochester Coalition for Public Education, the University of Rochester George Eastman Circle, and serves as the Treasurer of the Genesee Valley Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is the President of the Pittsford Rotary.

Howard currently lives in Pittsford, where he and his wife Tina, have lived since 1978. Their children, Amy and Steven, are now raising families of their own, giving Howard and Tina endless joy with their three grandkids.

11 – Fairport, Perinton - Sean M. Delehanty (R)

Photo of Legislature27 Miles Avenue
Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (h) 585 377-0149
email: [email protected]

Legislator Sean M. Delehanty represents the 11th Legislative District, which includes the Village of Fairport and a portion of the Town of Perinton. Sean was first appointed and sworn into the Legislature in January 2014 and then won election in November of that year. He was re-elected in 2015, 2019, and 2021 and is currently serving a 2-year term.

Prior to becoming a Legislator, Sean was a Fairport Village Trustee from 2011 until his appointment to the Legislature on January 14, 2014. He also served on the Perinton Bicentennial Committee and as a Trustee of the Perinton Historical Society.

In the Legislature, Sean serves as Chair of the Ways & Means Committee, and is also a member of the Agenda/Charter and Public Safety Committees. 

In addition to his legislative duties, Sean previosuly served as Chief of Staff at New York State Assemblyman Mark Johns’ office. Legislator Delehanty brings a lot of knowledge to the Monroe County government, being a former Intergenerational Outreach Manager at the Monroe County Youth Bureau and Office of the Aging.

Legislator Delehanty is an active member of many community groups, including the Perinton Historical Society, Crescent Trail Association, and a member of the Fairport High School Alumni Association.

Sean earned his Master’s Degree from St. John Fisher College, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College. He is also a graduate of Fairport High School.

12 – Chili, Henrietta, Riga, Wheatland - Steve Brew (R)

Photo of Legislature492 Bangs Road
Churchville, NY 14428
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (c) 585 697-4949
email: [email protected]

Legislator Steve Brew represents the 12th Legislative District in the Monroe County Legislature, which encompasses the Towns of Riga and Wheatland, and also includes portions of the Towns of Chili and Henrietta. Steve was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 and 2021. Steve is the current Majority Leader for the Republican Majority Caucus and serves as a member of the Agenda/Charter, Transportation, and Ways and Means Committee.

Steve was born and raised in the Town of Riga, where he graduated from Churchville-Chili High School. He attended both Monroe Community College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Steve is deeply rooted in our community. He served on the Riga Planning Board for over 27 years before joining the County Legislature, and has also been a member of the Churchville-Riga Chamber of Commerce, the 200 Club of the Churchville Fire Department, and the Churchville-Riga/Monroe County Emergency Planning Committee. 

Steve serves as a member on several boards, including the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board, 4H Advisory Board, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, the Mill Seat Landfill Citizens Advisory Board, and the Monroe County Council of the Elders. Steve also co-chairs the Christian Youth Learning Committee at Union Church in Churchville and is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. 

Steve worked as an Executive Sales Engineer at Honeywell International for 34 years before retiring. He is the recipient of both the "Top Tech" and "Top Ambassador" North America awards from Honeywell. Steve now works part time on his family’s farm in Churchville and owns Westside Technical Solutions, Inc.

Steve and his wife, Marge, reside on his family farm on Bangs Road in Churchville.

13 – Henrietta, Pittsford - Michael Yudelson (D)

Photo of Legislature281 Butler Drive
Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940
email: [email protected]

Legislator Michael Yudelson represents the 13th Legislative District, which includes a majority of the Town of Henrietta and a portion of the Town of Pittsford.  He was elected in November 2019.  He is a member of the Human Services Committee and the Environment & Public Works Committee.  

Much of Michael’s career has been devoted to serving young people – including as the Director of the Henrietta Youth Bureau and Recreation Department, the Director of Operations at the Center for Youth Services, and the Executive Director of Threshold Youth Services (now a part of Community Place of Greater Rochester).

He served three terms as Henrietta Town Supervisor after six years as a member of the Town Board. As Supervisor, he increased services for youth and senior citizens, established Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official town holiday, increased the transparency of town government, and worked with then Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle to preserve 2,000 jobs by preventing the closure of the Genesee Valley Regional Market.

Legislator Yudelson has been honored for his commitment to the community, including receiving the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the Henrietta Distinguished Citizen Award, and being named as the Volunteer of the Year by the Rush-Henrietta School District and Citizen of the Year by the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, Michael is the Executive Director of Temple B’rith Kodesh, where he is a life-long member and was a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years.

Michael is a graduate of East High School and SUNY Brockport.  Michael and Karen McArthur reside in Henrietta and have six children and three grandchildren.

14 – Brighton - Susan Hughes-Smith (D)

Photo of Legislature453 Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940; (c) 585 789-1501
email: [email protected]

Legislator Susan Hughes-Smith is a resident of Brighton where she lives in a three-generation household that includes her mother, husband, and five children. Her background includes over twenty years of teaching in the fields of environmental studies and environmental policy at local colleges. She is the co-founder of a Climate Advocacy organization and is a founding member and part owner of a small business that serves as the local manager for 100% renewable energy community choice aggregation programs.

15 – Penfield, Webster - George J. Hebert (R)

Photo of Legislature108 Rosebud Trail
Webster, NY 14580
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (c) 585 315-2237
email: [email protected]

Legislator George J. Hebert represents the 15th Legislative District in the Monroe County Legislature, which includes portions of the Towns of Webster and Penfield. George was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 and 2021, and is currently serving a two-year term. George serves as Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and is a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee. He was also previously the Chair of the Human Services Committee and a member of the Transportation and Ways and Means Committees.

George is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served eleven years of Active Duty and ten years within the Naval Reserves. He was enlisted as a submarine nuclear power plant operator in 1974, and led more than 100 sailors as a Surface Warfare Officer. George served as an ROTC class officer while in the reserves. At the time of his retirement, he had risen to the rank of Commander.

Following his Navy career, George worked for IBM for nearly 30 years. While there he worked as a Client Executive dedicated to building business relationships with customers including Eastman Kodak and General Dynamics. During his time at IBM, George completed his MBA at the University of Rochester.

George is heavily involved in youth and educational programs within his district. He coaches both baseball and soccer youth teams, and is the current President of the Rochester District Youth Soccer League (RDYSL). He also works as a mentor for the First Robotics Team 2340 at Our Lady of Mercy High School.

George and his wife Margaret have lived in Webster since 1990. Their two daughters, Hanna and Emily, are currently in college.

16 - Irondequoit - Dave Long (D)

Photo of LegislaturePO Box 90551
Rochester, NY 14609
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940 (c) 585 484-0634
email: [email protected]

Legislator Dave Long represents the 16th Legislative District, which includes the northern and eastern areas of Irondequoit. Dave has been an active part of the community for many years serving in roles as Chair of the Irondequoit Conservation Board, President of his local neighborhood association, and was elected to the West Irondequoit Board of Education where he served as President. Dave has sat on local boards of directors at Cancer Support Community and Starbridge. Dave is also a proud member of the Irondequoit Rotary Club.

Dave holds masters degrees from The Ohio State University in Public Administration and from the University of Rochester in Business Administration. He has professional experience working for a start-up company in the environmental field and is currently at the University of Rochester Medical Center working as a Program Administrator overseeing operations and finances for a multi-million dollar department. 

After meeting in high school, dating through college, and settling in Irondequoit, Dave and his wife Lindsey are raising three wonderful children.

17 – Irondequoit - Maria Vecchio (D)

Photo of LegislaturePO Box 77244
Rochester, NY 14617
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940 (c) 585 857-9309 
email: irondeq[email protected]

Monroe County Legislator Maria Vecchio represents the 17th Legislative District, which comprises the southern half of Irondequoit. She was elected to a two-year term, her first, in November 2021. Prior to working for the New York State Assembly, Maria worked in the private sector, starting out at Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company and then IBM and AT&T. She currently works for the Town of Irondequoit in the Supervisor’s Office.

Maria is a graduate of RL Thomas High School and Nazareth College. She and her husband, Dave, have lived in Irondequoit since 1999, where they have raised their two children, one that is currently attending college and the other a sophomore in high school.

18 – East Rochester, Perinton - John B. Baynes (D)

Photo of Legislature52 Westwood Drive
East Rochester, NY 14445
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940 (c) 315 521-1396
email: [email protected]

John represents the Monroe County Legislature's 18th District which comprises western and southern Perinton and three neighborhoods in East Rochester.

In his 44th year as a high school English teacher, John taught at Fairport High from 1978-2017, and now teaches at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women. John grew up in East Rochester, one of ten children of John A. and Claire Baynes, and graduated from ERHS in 1971. He attended the University of Toronto, and transferred to the University of Rochester where he completed his degree in English in 1975. He earned his M.S. at SUNY Geneseo in 1980. 

John and his wife Patricia raised their three children in Palmyra, NY, where John served as Palmyra Village Justice from 1982-1992. He also served as president of the Palmyra library, president of the Wayne County Magistrates Association, and as a youth sports coach.

During his Fairport teaching years, John served as a leader of the Fairport teachers for 30 years. John founded and guided the unique public school charitable giving program called Friends of Fairport, which acted as a pass through of over $450,000 in contributions from employees of the Fairport schools to community groups, including the three fire departments which serve the school district, Perinton Ambulance, Advent House Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Partners in Community Development, and others. 

The Ranking Minority Member on the Planning and Economic Development Committee of the Legislature, John also serves on the Recreation and Education Committee.

After their three children finished their graduate degrees and started their families, John and Patricia moved home to East Rochester in 2008. Their home is in the Town of Perinton and the garage John built in their backyard is in the Town/Village of East Rochester.

19 – Greece, Parma - Kathleen Taylor (R)

Photo of Legislature91 Flower Dale Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (h) 585 227-8465
email: [email protected]

Legislator Kathleen Taylor was elected to the Monroe County Legislature in November 2013. She was re-elected in 2015, 2019, and 2021 and is currently serving a two-year term. She serves as member of the Intergovernmental Relations and Planning and Economic Development Committees.

Currently, Kathleen is the legislative liaison on the Monroe County Jury Board and Board of Health. She is also Vice President of the Town of Greece Munipro Board.

Prior to joining in the Legislature, Kathleen served the Town of Greece as the elected Receiver of Taxes for 28 years. In this position, her main responsibility was the collection of taxes for the Town, County, school, fire and special districts. She was also responsible for the distribution of these funds to the appropriate entities. Over the course of her tenure she has had the opportunity to meet and interact with many residents and business professionals in Greece. 

Kathleen is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in History. After college, Kathleen became the Supervisor in Bank Operations and Customer Service for Security Trust Co, a position that was held until she joined the Town of Greece as Receiver of Taxes. 

Kathleen currently resides in the Town of Greece on Flower Dale Drive.

20 – Greece, Ogden, Sweden - Robert J. Colby (R)

Photo of Legislature669 Colby Street
Spencerport, NY 14559
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922; (c) 585 721-0774
email: [email protected]

Monroe County Legislator Robert Colby represents the 20th Legislative District, which includes the Town of Ogden and portions of the Towns of Greece and Sweden. Robert was first appointed to the Legislature in 2004, elected that November, re-elected in the fall of 2009, and again in 2011. He left the legislature in 2015 due to term-limits and was reappointed on October 8, 2020, to fill a vacant seat and was re-elected in 2021.

Legislator Colby currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, and a Member of the Public Safety and Ways and Means Committee.

Outside the Legislature, Robert is very active in his hometown of Ogden. He has been a member of the Ogden Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade and served on the Master Planning Committee since 1999. Robert is also a member of the Ogden Youth Hall of Fame Committee, serving on it since 2000.

A strong advocate for the agricultural community, Legislator Colby has been on the Monroe County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board for almost 30 years, joining the board in 1992. He is a former member of the Monroe County Planning Board and Monroe County Open Space Initiative Review Committee since 2001. He is former President of the Monroe County Farm Bureau, holding the post from 1994-1999, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1989-1999. Robert served on the Board of Directors of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., and Dairy One, where he was a delegate for eleven years before joining the board.

As a County Legislator from 2004-2015, Legisltor Colby was instrumental in implementing numerous policies and laws that benefited taxpayers. He was a co-sponsor of the Monroe County Taxpayer Protection Act, a first-of-its-kind cap on spending that helped control property taxes. Additionally, every budget he supported during his tenure as a County Legislator either cut the property tax rate or kept it flat

Robert is a seventh-generation family farmer at Colby Homestead Farms, Inc., where he has been Co-Owner/Operator and Vice-President for nearly three decades. Legislator Colby graduated from Spencerport High School and earned his degree in Agriculture from SUNY Alfred. Robert is a lifelong resident of Ogden and member of the First Congregational Church of Spencerport. At his parish, he is a former member of the Finance Committee, and is a former Moderator, member of the Board of Christian Action, and Real Estate Committee.

21 - Rochester - Rachel Barnhart (D)

Photo of Legislature26 Netherton Road
Rochester, NY 14609
Phone: (h) 585 210-3246
email: [email protected]

twitter: @rachbarnhart

Legislator Rachel Barnhart represents the 21st District in the City of Rochester, which covers the following neighborhoods: Beechwood, Homestead Heights, Triangle, N. Winton Village, Neighborhood of the Arts, Culver-University-East, ACE/EMMA, and Northland-Lyceum.

Rachel is serving her second term in the legislature, serving on the Ways and Means and Agenda Charter committees, as well as the Monroe County Planning Board, and the Monroe County Advisory Task Force on Broadband. 

Rachel led an effort to pass the Carrie Ray 3-Foot Passing Law to Protect Bicyclists, cosponsoring the legislation that mandates vehicles pass cyclists at a minimum 3-foot distance. Rachel worked with the Sheriff’s Office to provide subsidized phone calls to incarcerated individuals at the Monroe County Jail. Rachel advocated for small businesses, particularly restaurants impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. She also worked with the county administration to secure Covid-19 vaccination resources, including incentives.

Rachel is a lifelong city resident who grew up in the Maplewood neighborhood and graduated from John Marshall High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Cornell University and Executive Master Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Rachel spent 18 years as a broadcast journalist and now does public relations work at a nonprofit. Throughout her career, Rachel has championed good government, transparency, accountability, and ethics. She is passionate about bridging the digital divide, improving public transportation, and finding innovative solutions to address poverty.

She is on the advisory boards of OACES Culinary and Reconnect Rochester. Rachel is an avid swimmer and lives in Beechwood with her dog, Penny.

22 - Rochester - Mercedes Vazquez Simmons (D)

Photo of Legislature33 Fien Street
Rochester, NY 14605
Phone: (c) 585 281-2540
email: [email protected]

Assistant Minority Leader Mercedes Vazquez Simmons proudly represents the 22nd Legislative District, in the Northeast Quadrant of the City of Rochester, where she was born and raised. Her District includes multiple historic areas including the Public Market Neighborhood, Upper Falls, Marketview Heights, La Avenida, Grove Place, the Neighborhood of Play, and the East End. District 22 is a community rich in assets and resources that include El Camino Trail, Eastman School of Music, the Genesee Brewery, the Rochester Public Market, and the Strong Museum. Mercedes is all too aware of the challenges her district faces and remains focused on career development, economic development, and addressing housing disparities. She serves on the Ways and Means and the Recreation and Education committees.

Mercedes years of service include Vice-President of Friends of St. Michael’s, Treasurer of the Afro-Latino Dance Group, President of The New York Immigration Coalition, Vice-President of the North Clinton Ave Business Association, Treasurer of Center City Boxing Club, and Co-Founder of the Latino Voter Protection, Inc. and Los Flamboyanes Book/Literacy Club, Secretary of the Fien Street Block Club, member of the North Clinton Ave Block Club and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and volunteer outreach coordinator for the Hispanic Community Center for Seniors. She was previously President of School of the Arts PTSA. Professionally, Mercedes is a licensed Combat Sports Promoter and a Boxing Hall of Famer and her fighters have been featured on international networks. Mercedes received her Associates Degree from Monroe Community College, and her Bachelor’s and MBA from Medaille College, and holds a Business Certification from the Simon School.

Mercedes’ family is her foundation. She is the daughter of lifelong civil and community rights activist, Belen Colon, and the mother of Taylor Hezekiah Simmons, who proudly serves our nation while stationed abroad with the United States Army - Special Forces Unit.

23 - Rochester, Brighton - Linda Hasman (D)

Photo of Legislature763 Harvard Street
Rochester, NY 14610
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940
email: [email protected]

Assistant Minority Leader Linda Hasman represents the 23rd Legislative District (LD) in southeast Rochester and northeast Brighton. Her district includes Park Avenue, Monroe Avenue, Cobbs Hill, South Winton Road, Browncroft and Winton Village in the City of Rochester. The 23rd Legislative District also includes a portion of the Town of Brighton centered around Our Lady of Mercy High School and Ellison Park. Currently, Legislator Hasman serves on the Human Services and Agenda and Charter Committees. She was elected in 2019.

Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Oswego. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Linda is currently working on a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. Linda’s public health interests are focused on the two ends of the life spectrum, children’s health policies and advancing quality of life measures for our aging population. 

Professionally, Linda has been a medical librarian for 14-years. She is currently the Assistant Director for Research and Clinical Information at Miner Library at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Since beginning her career in healthcare, Linda has been involved in research teams, community health projects and helping patients and families access quality, reliable health information. 

Linda lives in the City of Rochester in the ABC Streets neighborhood. 

24 - Rochester, Brighton - Albert Blankley (D)

Photo of Legislature143 Crawford Street
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940 (c) 585 270-1433
email: [email protected]

Legislator Albert Blankley represents the 24th Legislative District, which includes the South Wedge, Swillburg, Highland Park, and the Upper Monroe neighborhoods of Rochester, and much of northwest Brighton. Albert is a longtime resident of the Highland Park neighborhood where he lives with his wife Kiersten and their two children. He moved to Rochester in 2005 to attend RIT where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology and a graduate degree in Science Technology and Public Policy.

He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Common Ground Health, a local non-profit health planning organization that brings together data and community voices to drive changes that support the health and well-being for everyone living in the Finger Lakes region.  Blankley also teaches Public Policy at RIT as an Adjunct Professor. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative’s (RMAPI) Data & Evaluation Workgroup and previously served as a member of the board of directors for both Coordinated Care Systems, Inc. (CCSI) and Monroe Community Hospital.

Albert’s legislative priorities include providing culturally responsive, efficient, and highly effective manner human services and that all people are represented in their government. As a father, he recognizes the need to plan for the impacts of climate change, including preparing for more climate refugees looking to integrate into our community. He’s focused on responsible, transparent government, and making sure the voices of the people living in his district are represented faithfully. 

25 – Rochester - Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman (D)

Photo of Legislature39 West Main Street
County Office Building 408
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940
email: [email protected]

Monroe County Legislator Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman is the CEO of a holistic consulting practice where she is a strategist and organizer for social movement campaigns. A resident of the Plymouth Exchange (PLEX) neighborhood – some of her work and service includes the Police Accountability Board Alliance, Flower City Noire Collective, and the Monroe County Democratic Committee. She is a WomenElect graduate and has also worked as an EMT, a youth and child education professional and a care professional for adults and children with disabilities. She serves on the Human Services and Public Safety committees.

26 – Gates, Greece, Rochester - Yversha M. Roman (D)

Photo of Legislature55 Parkwood Road
Rochester, NY 14615
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940; (h) 585-957-5588
email: [email protected]

Minority Leader Yversha Roman was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and moved to Rochester in 1988, growing up in the Upper Falls neighborhood. She is a graduate of The Aquinas Institute and Nazareth College where she studied Social Work. She describes her experiences as “living in two-worlds” of her home neighborhood and her education. This drove Yversha to action at a young age, including pioneering a youth group at her church with Father Lawrence Tracy and working as a community outreach advocate with Action for a Better Community’s Action Front Center. She learned about grassroots organizations and joined the Spanish Action Coalition. These combined experiences give her a unique perspective and ability to identify quality of life concerns within our community.

Putting her educational experience to work with her passion for servant leadership and community became her life’s work. She served two terms with AmeriCorps as a mentor and student support specialist at East High school through The Center for Youth Services (CFY). Later, she worked at Monroe High School as Program Manager for the CFY After School Program. After years of direct service to youth and families she became Assistant Director of School Based Programs at CFY. She dedicated herself to ensuring quality of services and oversight of programs such as Rochester Teen Court, Alternative to Suspension Programs, and the New Beginnings School. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Nazareth College Community Youth Development Advisory Board and the Healthi Kids Coalition of Common Ground Health. She is a co-founder of Rochester’s Pay Equity coalition, State Board member and facilitator of the Women Elect Program, and a founding participant of the Monroe County Language Access Coalition.

Yversha has been recognized for her service including being named to the “Rochester 10” by City Newspaper, 40 Under 40 by the Hispanic Institute of New York State, and receiving the Inspiration in Action award from Rochester Latino Rotary. As a mother, fiancée, and homeowner in the Northwest, she is committed to ensuring our community stays as safe and vibrant.

27 - Rochester - Sabrina LaMar (D)

Photo of Legislature39 West Main Street
County Office Building 410
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (w) 585 753-1922
email: [email protected]

Sabrina LaMar represents the 27th Legislative district and is the President of the Monroe County Legislature, becoming the first and only African American woman to serve in that role in Monroe County history. She was appointed and then elected to the Legislature in 2019 and re-elected in 2021. In 2022 she became President. The 27th District covers the Southwest side of the City of Rochester, including the city’s historic 19th Ward and the Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport. She previously served as Assistant Leader of the Black & Asian Democratic Caucus and was the ranking member of the Human Services and Public Safety Committees.

Since first being elected to the Monroe County Legislature, President LaMar has built a record on issues of importance to her constituents including mental health, child care, homelessness, and racial and gender equity. She has sponsored and/or supported legislation that increased mental health funding, renamed our Airport after Frederick Douglass, created a Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, increased funding for indigent burials, and provided funding for non-profit organizations that serve our most vulnerable citizens.

Professionally, President LaMar is the Project Coordinator of Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization (CERV) at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives. In this role, she works hand in hand with community partners to create an interconnected and systemic response to gun violence survivors, leads staff in community engagement utilizing methodological strategies. You can find President LaMar on the front lines taking on the task of comforting the loved ones of murder victims, at crime scenes and hospitals.

Outside of her legislative and professional work, President LaMar is also involved with the 19th Ward Association, the African American Health Alliance, and the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership. She is also the owner and operator of PUSH Publishing, a member of Baber African Methodist Episcopal Church, an Executive Board Member for Action for a Better Community, board trustee for Monroe Community College, member of the Reparations and Universal Income (RUBI) Committee, Vice Chair for Roc Against Gun Violence Coalition, and an Executive Board Member of Rise Up Rochester.

Sabrina is a trailblazer and a leader in the Rochester community.  Her core vision of justice and equity, focusing on criminal justice, community violence, and racial equity make her a leader that the Rochester community needs. Born and raised in Rochester, she is the proud mother of two and grandmother of three and this motivates her to make Rochester the best it can be. 

28 - Rochester - Ricky Frazier (D)

Photo of Legislature347 Sunset Street
Rochester, NY 14606
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940; (h) 585 270-1007
email: [email protected]

Legislator Ricky Frazier is a passionate servant leader in his hometown of Rochester. He graduated from James Madison High School and also attended Monroe Community College, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Roberts Wesleyan College. He is a homeowner who lives in Rochester’s Lyell-Otis neighborhood.

As a minister at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, Ricky teaches the importance of family and community. He is compassionate leader who values partnership and collaboration. These are skills he utilizes everyday as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Rochester City School District, connecting individuals and organizations with RCSD students. He also previously worked at the Eastman Kodak Company.

Legislator Frazier is dedicated to service and has worked for many years in the community including serving as a board member for Cameron Community Ministries, the Jordan Health Foundation, and volunteering with the Gateways Music Festival. He will focus his service, in and out of the legislature, on the fight for health equity and living-wage jobs.

29 - Rochester - William Burgess (D)

Photo of Legislature225 Northlane Drive
Rochester, NY 14621
Phone: (o) 585 753-1940; (h) 585 206-1131
email: [email protected]

Legislator William T. Burgess was born and raised in the Northeast quadrant of the City of Rochester, which he represents in the Legislature. Legislator Burgess serves on the Transportation and Public Safety committees. William attended Rochgester city schools, and graduated from Edison Technical and Occupational Education Center in 1995. William went on to attended Buffalo State College and the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, majoring in Psychology. He is currently a Social Worker for the Intensive Family Support program at Hillside Family and of Agencies. He has been with the agency for 25 years. William has served our community his whole life and has coached varsity football at his alma mater, Edison Tech for the past five years and enjoys mentoring young men and women through sports. William is a proud husband and father of two children who is focused on creating a safe and thriving community for all residents of his district and the whole county.

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