ted o'brien

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Ted O’Brien, a former New York state senator and current assistant state attorney general for the Rochester region, went home on Wednesday after spending nine weeks fighting COVID-19 in two different hospitals.

O’Brien, who entered Rochester General Hospital on March 24, endured three weeks on a ventilator in a medically induced coma.

Sue O'Brien

No one knows why the coronavirus hit Ted O'Brien so hard. His wife, Sue, tested positive, too, but she recovered at home.

She said Ted has none of the underlying conditions associated with severe COVID-19 illness. He was in great shape and could run a 5K in less than 30 minutes.

That was before his coronavirus symptoms escalated and the former New York state senator, now the head of the state attorney general's Rochester office, was admitted to Rochester General Hospital in March.

State Senator Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit, joins us for this hour to discuss various issues including his proposals following the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, women's equality and the creation of the upstate tax relief ballot line.