ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York State Assemblyman David Gantt has died.Juneteenth 2021: Tri-State Area Events Honoring Liberation Of America's Last Enslaved People
A civil rights pioneer, Gantt became the first Black man to be elected to state office in Monroe County.READ MORE: FBI: Kidnapping Suspect Killed During Confrontation In Leonia, N.J.
He announced this year that he would not seek re-election.
He had reportedly been dealing with health issues for some time.MORE NEWS: Lisa Banes' Hit-And-Run Death Amplifies Concerns About Scooters On City Streets
Gantt was 78 years old.