Rochester’s Roots: David Gantt

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the people who have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

David Gantt served his community for decades. He represented the 137th Assembly District since 1983, which covers parts of Rochester and Gates.

He was the first Black person from Monroe County elected to hold state office. Before that, he served nine years in the Monroe County Legislature.

Gantt was known as a fierce advocate for the African American and Puerto Rican communities.

He died in 2020 at age 78, but he will forever be remembered as part of Rochester’s Roots.