City Council News Release - City Council Names Replacement for Vacant Councilmember at Large Seat

For Immediate Release:

Monday, September 21, 2020


City Council Names Replacement for Vacant Councilmember at Large Seat


Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. has been selected to fill the vacant Councilmember at Large seat on the Rochester City Council.  Mr. Meléndez will be appointed to serve until December 31, 2021, which coincides with the end of the term for that seat. The seat was vacated on August 27, 2020 and by Charter the City Council has 30 days to appoint a new Councilmember.


“I want to thank all of the individuals who reached out with interest in the Councilmember at Large seat, as well as the citizens who reached out to us supporting candidates.  At this crucial time in our City’s history, we need thoughtful, engaged leaders like Miguel Meléndez to help move our community forward. Our decision was not easy, we considered a number of truly qualified candidates. In the end, the combination of Miguel’s support and connections in the community combined with his understanding of City government based on his extensive work and advocacy with the City made him the Council’s choice for appointment. I am excited to welcome Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. to the City Council to serve as our next City Councilmember at Large,” said City Council President Loretta C. Scott.

"It is a tremendous honor to have been selected to serve in the seat vacated by former Councilmember Jacklyn Ortiz,” said Meléndez, “We have worked together for a number of years and I know she will be a resource. I am grateful to this Council for recognizing my passion, acknowledging my community work, and selecting to appoint me to serve as their colleague. My work with Ibero has connected me to individuals and organizations throughout the City, and I know that they will keep me accountable in this role. I cherish the opportunity to articulate grassroots issues, uplift everyday voices, support communities of color, and advocate with residents. I will work with everyone to move our city forward.”

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00pm on Zoom to formally vote on legislation naming Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. to serve as a Councilmember at Large. At the end of the meeting, newly appointed Councilmember Meléndez will take his Oath of Office. A short biography and photo of Mr. Meléndez is attached.

M. Meléndez, Jr. Biography  


  Miguel A. Meléndez Jr.

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