Rochester, N.Y. - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter fiercely and persistently fought for economic development and jobs in Western New York.
Bob Duffy, the head of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, said during his time as police chief and mayor, Slaughter always played by the rules. While he was the chief, he says she listened and helped him bring shot spotter technology to our area.
“She had a heart for people on the front line," Duffy said. “I’ve seen nobody like her. Her energy, her intellect, mind like a diamond. She was not in any way diminished. If anything, I think she got stronger.”
Slaughter’s legendary footprint can be seen throughout Rochester and Monroe County. She tirelessly worked to solidify millions of federal dollars for a number projects. They include the new train station in downtown Rochester, the filling-in of the Inner Loop and, most recently, leading a campaign to bring a national photonics hub to Eastman Business Park in an effort to bring advance manufacturing jobs to he area.
“You look at all these big projects, and she was hugely influential in Washington,” Duffy said. “You can count project after project after project she lead. She brought so much money back here."
Former Rochester mayor Tom Richards says Congresswoman Slaughter always thought about the needs of Rochester. Her called her a fervent fighter for projects getting done.