Rochester City Council names replacement for councilmember at large

Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. Photo: Rochester City Council. Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr.

Updated: September 21, 2020 05:33 PM
Created: September 21, 2020 12:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester City Council has named a replacement for its vacant councilmember at large seat.

Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. will be appointed to serve until Dec. 31, 2021, coinciding with the end of the term for the seat.


“At this crucial time in our City’s history, we need thoughtful, engaged leaders like Miguel Meléndez to help move our community forward,” City Council President Loretta C. Scott said. “In the end, the combination of Miguel’s support and connections in the community combined with his understanding of City government based on his extensive work and advocacy with the City made him the Council’s choice for appointment.”

The seat has been vacant since Aug. 27 when Board of Elections Commissioner Jacklyn Ortiz officially resigned from the position.

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 over Zoom to formally vote on legislation naming Meléndez as councilmember at large.

“I cherish the opportunity to articulate grassroots issues, uplift everyday voices, support communities of color, and advocate with residents,” Meléndez said. “I will work with everyone to move our city forward.”

At the end of the meeting, newly appointed Councilmember Meléndez will take his Oath of Office.

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