Councilmember Carla Palumbo, Northwest District


Councilwoman Carla Palumbo(2) 

Carla M. Palumbo
1002 Glide St.
Rochester, NY 14606
Director, Civil Division, Legal Aid Society
(585) 428-7538 (Office)
(585) 647-4072 (Home)

Carla Palumbo has a distinguished record of service in law, government and community activities. A resident of Glide Street for over 25 years, Carla has put her dedication and commitment to work for the citizens of Rochester for more than two decades.   

Carla serves as Councilperson for the Northwest District of the City. The Northwest neighborhoods she represents include: Lyell-Otis, Edgerton, JOSANA, People of Dutchtown, Maplewood, and Charlotte. She is working to improve our neighborhoods, strengthen our local economy, and enhance this community by making it safer for us all. At present, Carla chairs the Council's Neighborhood & Business Development Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.

 Professional Background 

• COO, Legal Aid Society
• Admitted to practice law in NYS and the Western District of NY.
• Member, Miller Commission; NYS Office of Court Administration Commission on Matrimonial Law charged with proposing reform to Matrimonial Laws in NYS, 2006
• Member, New York State Bar Foundation, 2004 to 2013
• Member, Monroe County Bar Association, Committee on Legal Aid, 2013 to present
• Former Chair, New York State Bar Association, Gender Equity Task Force, 2003 to present
• Former Chair, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Women in the Law, 2000 to 2003. Member of NYSBA from 1984 to present.

Community Volunteer 

• Board Member, Sector 3 Planning Committee
• Member, Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association and Maplewood Neighborhood Association
• Parishioner, Cathedral Community at Sacred Heart.
• Chair, Board of Directors, Mary's Place Refugee Outreach
• Chair, Grants Allocations Committee, DeVany Fund of the Cathedral Community

Government Service 

  • Monroe County Legislator 2001 through 2007, representing the City's west sie
  • County Legislature's Minority Leader 2006-07, ranking member of Human Services Committee in 2004 and 2005 and member of Ways and Means and Intergovernmental Relations Committees
  • Sponsored the Blueprint for Progress, a proposal to end the County's budget crisis by better fiscal oversight and management to balance the budget without raising taxes and We the People, a proposal to reform Monroe County Government 
  • Former Chair, Monroe County Legislature's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues, 1996 to 1999


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1982
  • SUNY at Albany, Bachelor's of Art, 1979 cum laude


  • 1999 NYSBA Public Interest Law Award
  • 2000 YWCA Women First Award