ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The city of Rochester is mourning the death of a woman who dedicated her life to serving the city.
Gladys Santiago was a member of Rochester City Council from 1996-2009, working her way up to vice president and finally president.
She pushed for projects like La Marketa at the International Plaza on North Clinton Avenue. Santiago also worked as interim president and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League.
Current Rochester City Council President Miguel Melendez Jr. described Santiago as a pioneer and trailblazer in the Hispanic community, advocating for civil rights and language access while ensuring equity.
In a statement, he said in part:
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans also released a statement, saying in part:
There has been no word yet on funeral arrangements.