David Gantt

David Gantt
David Gantt
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 133rd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Dale Rath
Personal details
Born September 12, 1941 (1941-09-12) (age 70)[1]
Rochester, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Residence Rochester, New York
Profession politician
Website Assembly Website

David F. Gantt (born September 12, 1941)[1] is a Democrat member of the New York State Assembly representing the 133rd Assembly District, which includes the northeast and southwest sections of the city of Rochester and the suburban town of Gates.[1]


Early life and career

Gantt attended Franklin High School, Roberts Wesleyan College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has worked as youth counselor for the City of Rochester, as a member of Lithographers & Photoengravers International Union Local 230, and as an administrator at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.[1]

Political career

Monroe County Legislature

Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Gantt served for nine years as a Monroe County legislator representing the 22nd Legislative District, which includes parts of Rochester's Group 14621, Marketview Heights and CONEA neighborhoods.[1]

New York State Assembly

Gantt initiated the federal redistricting lawsuit which resulted in the creation of the 133rd New York State Assembly District, and has represented that district since his election in 1982.[1] He ran uncontested in the November 2008[3][4] and November 2010 general elections.[5][6]

Gantt currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on Transportation. He is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, the Committee on Local Governments, the Committee on Rules, and the Committee on Ways and Means.[1]

Traffic enforcement cameras

As Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Transportation, Gantt has blocked New York City efforts to install cameras for bus lane enforcement.[7]

Gantt has a history of opposing red-light and anti-speeding cameras, telling The Buffalo News in 2007: "If you do this, what's next? Then people will want cameras to do other things . . . It’s the old Big Brother watching."[8]

In 2008 though Gantt introduced a bill authorizing state-wide use of traffic enforcement cameras, but so narrowly worded as to only permit cameras distributed by CMA Consulting Services. According to reports, CMA paid $80,000 to Robert Scott Gaddy, a Gantt friend and former staff member, to lobby for the bill.[8]


External links

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Dale Rath
New York State Assembly, 133rd District

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