Louise Slaughter

She’s been called “trailblazer,” “fearless leader,” and “staunch advocate for women’s issues.” And this week, Rochester remembers the life and influence of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. In the process of reflecting on that legacy, comes another challenge, the idea of moving forward and determining who will fill the late Congresswoman’s seat and become her successor. Joining this edition of Need to Know to explain the next steps in this process is former Rochester Mayor and friend of Congresswoman Slaughter, Bill Johnson.

As Rochester celebrates the life of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the difficult question to ask is: “What’s next?” She left quite an impressive seat to fill. What filling that seat looks like on this edition of Need to Know.

There is outrage over a data scandal at Facebook. We’ll also discuss what you need to know about the big trade-off when you drink “the social media juice.”

A group of at-risk teens in Rochester say Shakespeare, yes, Shakespeare is helping them learn about choices and consequences. We’ll learn about a unique intervention to help avoid incarceration.


Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday at the age of 88. The congresswoman served 16 terms in Washington and had plans to run for a 17th term in November.

Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter for families in Monroe County and across the nation, and authored the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, among many other accomplishments."

Politicians, citizens, and friends are sharing their memories of Slaughter; they say she was known for her determination, compassion, and wit. 

This hour, we discuss Slaughter's life and career with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, NYSUT Regional Staff Director Carrie Andrews, Rochester City Council Member Molly Clifford, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa, Dr. Bill Valenti of Trillium Health, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and community members.

Tianna Manon

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will spend the next several months fighting to reauthorize a law she says contributed to decreasing rates of domestic violence.  

The Violence Against Women Act was first passed in 1994. The law beefs up law enforcement’s ability to arrest potential abusers, provides funding for local centers and programs to give aid to the abused and offers legal protections for victims.

Despite widespread speculation that Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini would challenge Democratic Incumbent Congresswoman Louise Slaughter again this fall, Assini announced Wednesday evening that he will not be a candidate.

The Republican supervisor says he changed his mind after learning the Monroe County Conservative Party would not be endorsing him. That party will instead back local neurosurgeon Dr. James Maxwell who recently announced  he will seek the GOP nomination in the 25th district against Slaughter, who has held the seat since 1987.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is in studio for a half hour to discuss a broad range of issues, including the Syrian refugee crisis and her position on the SAFE Act. 

In our second half hour, WXXI's Karen DeWitt joins us from Albany to talk about the fraud and extortion convictions of ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

We sit down with Mark Assini, Gates town supervisor and the Republican candidate for Congress in the 25th district. Assini is hoping to defeat incumbent Louise Slaughter in November. We'll talk to him about his views on a wide range of issues, including the Affordable Care Act, the minimum wage, taxes, and foreign policy. It's part of our continuing effort to bring candidates for prominent offices to the show and allowing those listening live an opportunity to interact with them directly.

Transforming Rochester's Amtrak Station

Apr 3, 2013

Plans to transform the Rochester Amtrak station into a bigger and better transportation center are moving forward.  

Slaughter Regains Lead Over Brooks

Nov 1, 2012
Siena Research Institute

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport), has regained her double digit lead over challenger Maggie Brooks (R-Webster) according to the latest poll from Siena Research Institute.