ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York State Assemblyman David Gantt has died.

Gantt represented parts of the city of Rochester and the town of Gates since 1983.

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A civil rights pioneer, Gantt became the first Black man to be elected to state office in Monroe County.

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He announced this year that he would not seek re-election.

He had reportedly been dealing with health issues for some time.

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Gantt was 78 years old.