+ − Contact Information
Email Address: GanttD@assembly.state.ny.us
Phone: (518) 455-5606
Albany, NY 12248
+ − Biography
David F. Gantt has served since 1983 as the representative of the 137th Assembly District, which consists of the northeastern and southwestern sections of the City of Rochester and the suburban town of Gates.
Born September 12, 1941, David Gantt attended Franklin High School, Roberts Wesleyan College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. His professional experience has included employment as a Youth Counselor for the City of Rochester, working as a member of Lithographers & Photoengravers International Union Local 230 and as an administrator at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.
A longtime resident of the City of Rochester, Mr. Gantt followed his mother, Lena M. Gantt, into a life of public service and community advocacy. This commitment to public service has included Mr. Gantt's membership on the Board of Directors of the Baden Street Settlement, the Board of the Marketview Heights Association and the Board of Directors of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.
Prior to his Assembly election, Mr. Gantt served nine years in the Monroe County Legislature. There he represented the 22nd Legislative District, which includes parts of Rochester's Group 14621, Marketview Heights and CONEA neighborhoods. While in the County Legislature, Mr. Gantt served as Assistant Majority Leader, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Finance & Budget Committee and Ranking Minority Member of the Human Services Committee.
After initiating a federal redistricting suit that ultimately created the 133rd Assembly District, Mr. Gantt became the first black from Monroe County elected to hold state office. Always active in civic affairs, David Gantt has been honored by such organizations as the Upstairs Youth Agency, the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, the Baden Street Settlement, the Webster Avenue Family Resource Center, the Monroe County Public Defender's Office, the Monroe County Board of Elections and the New York State Association of Counties.
As a member of the State Assembly, Mr. Gantt's tenure has been marked by his concern for the development of affordable housing, health care and services for the young and the elderly; maintaining the safety of our state's roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure; voter registration and education; and the promotion of minority businesses. He is the author of numerous bills enacted into state law, including: laws extending the authorization to use ignition interlock systems in DWI sentencing; laws extending and expanding the state's sixty-five mile per hour maximum speed limit; a statewide law requiring all newly constructed public theaters, auditoriums and meeting places to be equipped with systems to aid people with hearing impairments; a statewide law aimed at driving drug dealers out of residential neighborhoods; a law designed to help undercover law enforcement officials crack down on narcotics dealers; a law which enhances the economic development opportunities of municipalities throughout New York State; and numerous laws which ensure equal access
to voters at their local polling places.
Mr. Gantt currently serves as Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Transportation. Previously, Mr. Gantt served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, ushering the Assembly Majority through the 1990 Census and the subsequent reapportionment of legislative districts. He also chairs both the Assembly Subcommittee on Affordable Housing and the Subcommittee on Voter Registration, and he is a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on: Economic Development, Corporations, Rules, Local Governments; and Ways and Means.
Standing Committee Assignments 2001: Transportation (Chair); Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Economic Development; Local Governments; Rules; Ways and Means.
David F. Gantt, Dem. 20,274
Stephen Tucciarello, Rep. 6,480; Con. 850
James A. Tranquill, Ind. 530