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Connections: Remembering Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Mar 16, 2018

Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday at the age of 88. The congresswoman served 16 terms in Washington and had plans to run for a 17th term in November.

Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter for families in Monroe County and across the nation, and authored the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, among many other accomplishments."

Politicians, citizens, and friends are sharing their memories of Slaughter; they say she was known for her determination, compassion, and wit. 

This hour, we discuss Slaughter's life and career with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, NYSUT Regional Staff Director Carrie Andrews, Rochester City Council Member Molly Clifford, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa, Dr. Bill Valenti of Trillium Health, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and community members.