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Longtime local lawmaker Paul Haney has died

Jul 22, 2019

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Longtime local lawmaker Paul Haney has died at the age of 78. The Democrat and Chronicle says he died Sunday at Strong Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall.

Haney’s experience in public government included having served as Monroe County’s finance director, as well as stints on both Rochester City Council and on the Monroe County Legislature.

Haney was a Democratic lawmaker known for his strong interest in the financial numbers that make up local municipal budgets.

The comments following his death have come from both Democrats and Republicans.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, a Republican, issued the following statement:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Paul Haney, who dedicated much of his life to serving our community, including ten years as a dedicated Monroe County Legislator. Mr. Haney was, in almost every respect, a ‘lion’ of the County Legislature, and it can certainly be said that no meeting of that body has been quite the same without him. I will miss his characteristic wit – which could be deployed with both whimsy and wrath – and hope that his example will live on in our Legislature for many years to come. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

In Haney’s honor, Dinolfo has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all Monroe County facilities through interment.

Mayor Lovely Warren, a fellow Democrat, said that, “Paul Haney was dedicated to serving others. Whether in elected office or volunteering his time, he gave of his time and effort to make our community a better place. I ask our city to join me in extending our prayers and condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.”

Congressman and former NYS Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, a Democrat from Irondequoit had this statement:

“I join all of Rochester in mourning the loss of Paul Haney, a former County Legislator, City Councilman, and longtime community leader who truly exemplified what it means to be a public servant. Paul dedicated his life to enthusiastically serving his neighbors and was always the first to lend a hand to anyone in need.

“I extend my thoughts and deepest sympathies to the entire Haney family during this difficult time. Please know that Paul’s contributions have undoubtedly had a profound and lasting impact on our community – his legacy will never be forgotten.”

Another Democratic lawmaker, Assembly member Jamie Romeo wrote on her Facebook page that she, “learned so much from Paul, reviewing CAFR reports, diving into the back pages of budget books, being the only 'public' attendees at LDC meetings, unplanned visits at MCDC to just talk and stuff envelopes...

But it was his passion and commitment that has always stuck with me. It was never going through the motions, looking at revenues vs expenditures, it was looking for the real impact on the community.”

Calling hours for Paul Haney will be Wednesday, 4-7pm at the Paul W. Harris funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.) The funeral mass will be Thursday, July 25, 10:00am at St. Boniface Church.