Born in Kentucky, but a tireless champion of all things western New York, Louise Slaughter’s influence was wide-reaching but perhaps most potent in Rochester — the community she called home.
“She is Rochester, she is Monroe County and I’m proud to have known her and her legacy will have lived on in all of us,” said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.
Whether you were a friend, a constituent or even her fiercest political opponent, no one was immune to the charm and warmth of Louise Slaughter, who used those abilities to unite and serve her community.
“She loved her job, she loved her community, right up until the end and I have great respect for her and the things she was able to do here,” said Senator Rich Funke. “Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, you can certainly appreciate what she has been to this town.”
The impact of her work is felt across the nation, but local leaders say she remained grounded by a love for the Rochester area.
“I always go back to what she meant to the veterans community,” Sheriff Todd Baxter told News 8. “She was a steadfast, always there, she never flinched once — that’s what I remember. Every time you called, she answered, never a staff member, she’d call you right back.”