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  John, Susan V.
NameSusan V. John
Rochester, New York , United States
Born November 20, 1957
DiedNovember 22, 2021 (64 years)
Last ModifedMr. Matt
Nov 24, 2021 11:00am
Tags Caucasian - Married - Cancer -
InfoSusan V. John represents the 131st Assembly District, incorporating parts of the City of Rochester and the towns and villages of Chili, Churchville, Mumford, Riga, Rush, Scottsville, and Wheatland.

Susan holds a law degree from Syracuse University Law School. Prior to her tenure in the Assembly, Susan worked as an Associate for the Rochester-based law firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine, and Huber where she practiced business and commercial law.

Susan currently chairs the Labor Committee and serves on the Judiciary, Education, Energy, Libraries and Technology and Social Services Committees. She chairs the Subcommittee on Public School Violence and serves on three special task forces of the Assembly: workers� compensation reform, women�s issues and criminal justice reform. She is a member of the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Advisory Council and the Visiting Committee for the State Archives. Additionally, she is an Honorary Board Member of the Girl Scouts of the Genesee Valley and is the Eastern Regional Board Member of the Women�s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Susan chaired the Majority Steering Committee (2001-2002), the Governmental Operations Committee (1999-2000) and the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee (1997-1999). In 1998 she served on the first Legislative Joint Budget Conference Committee on Mental Health. In 1999 and 2000 she served on the Joint Budget Conference Committee on Education.

Susan has successfully advocated for funding for domestic violence shelters, breast cancer outreach and education, rape crisis centers, family support services, early direction childhood programs and teen pregnancy prevention. She currently sponsors legislation that would provide domestic violence victims with up to 90 days of unpaid leave of absence from work to address ongoing violence. She also sponsored legislation that would require all hospitals to make emergency contraception available for rape survivors to prevent pregnancy and provide counseling to address the survivors� long-term psychological and physical recovery. With the help of women�s health care advocates, her emergency contraception bill is now the law (Chapter 625 of the Laws of 2003).

As a strong supporter of quality and affordable health care, Susan has worked with her colleagues to improve access to health care for residents in Monroe County and across the state. When Genesee Hospital closed, Susan took a leading role in working with the state Department of Health to ensure that quality care would still be available to former Genesee patients.

Susan has been a staunch advocate of the long awaited Women�s Health and Wellness Law which will improve access to vital health services for New York State women. This legislation, which was signed into law in 2002, includes many initiatives that Susan advocated for during the past several years that will bring affordable health coverage and expanded access to preventive screenings for countless women. Further, her emphasis on programs for pregnant and parenting women resulted in more support for community-based and outreach services. She remains an advocate for treatment on demand.

To assure hospitals and nursing homes in Monroe County can recruit and retain qualified and dedicated health care professionals to tend to our loved ones, Susan fought in 2003 for upstate to get its fair share of state funding for staff investment. Combining her commitment to health care and children, Susan fought for $2 million for the expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. She secured $3 million to renovate the Rochester General Hospital Emergency Room � helping to avoid �code red� situations that forced ambulances to take patients elsewhere due to overcrowding. She also obtained $75,000 for the Chili Fire Department�s Apparatus Exhaust Project to ensure a healthy work environment for firefighters.

Susan has been a longstanding advocate of protecting our most vulnerable citizens � from the youngest to the oldest. She helped create the statewide Amber Alert, linking police with broadcasters to quickly spread the word about missing or abducted children. She also voted for legislation to protect seniors from unscrupulous predatory lenders who go after the value of people�s homes.

Her accomplishments while chair of the Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management (1995-1997) include increased penalties for those who dump waste illegally. The Assembly passed her legislation to ban backyard burning, improve local control over land use decisions and establish a comprehensive waste tire management program. Susan demonstrated her ability to reach across the aisle in a bipartisan manner to address these environmental issues.

Susan authored New York State�s Anti-Stalking Law, the Clinic Access/Anti-Stalking Law, and amendments to the Clinic Access/Anti-Stalking Law, which amends the definition of stalking in the first degree. She fought for over seven years to enact �Project SAVE,� which is dedicated to making schools, their students and staff free from violence. She sponsored the Sexual Assault Reform Act, a law that increased penalties for sex offenders, provided services for victims, and instituted necessary preventative initiatives. She fought to pass a law that created an additional city court judgeship in Rochester. Susan also sponsored legislation to govern state procurement of goods and services, protect a woman�s civil right to breast feed her child in public, require health insurance companies to cover pap smears, reform the BOCES system, require disclosure of the potential hazards of breast implants, increase the criminal penalty for violating a court order of protection, and increase penalties for assault. All of these bills are now state law.

Susan is a longstanding advocate for quality and affordable day care. She has fought for adequate funding and safety, and has held the state Office of Children and Family Services responsible for following proper regulatory procedures. One instance of this was when, in 1997, the governor proposed changing the day care regulations without public input. Susan co-hosted public hearings across the state to obtain input from those who would be most affected by any changes. More recently, when Monroe County exhausted its childcare funds, Susan fought for state funding to allow Monroe County to restore planned cuts to childcare subsidies for families at or below the 200% poverty level. During the 2002-03 State Fiscal Year, Susan fought for a final budget that makes it easier for counties to get all the child care funding to which they are entitled. In 2003, Susan was able to secure $2.5 million for a child-care facilited enrollment program. The program will allow hard working men and women in Monroe County to provide quality child-care for their families.

She helped create and expand Rochester�s tax-free Empire Zones to bring in up to 4,200 new jobs while retaining another 3,200. She also helped establish and extend the Power for Jobs program to reduce energy costs for job-creating businesses, protecting 900 local jobs. As Chair of the Labor Committee, Susan will continue to work to improve the economic health of Monroe County.

As a New York State legislator, Susan has worked tirelessly with her Rochester colleagues to improve the economic and regulatory climate for businesses, both large and small. Whether responding to a call for help from a business owner unable to obtain an ABC license, lottery machine, food stamp certification or other necessary state approvals, or advocating legislation, Susan has been dedicated to addressing business concerns about New York State laws and regulations. She has also gone to bat for local companies such as Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch & Lomb, Wegmans� Food, and the Genesee Brewing Company.

Susan�s efforts on behalf of the Rochester area economy have shown tremendous results. She fought to secure funding vital to the continuation of the High Technology of Rochester Incubator Project, a center to help high-tech firms with technical and other support. In 2000, Susan helped secure $4 million in funding for the University of Rochester�s Biomedical Research Center. In 2002, Susan helped secure over $14 million for the Fast Ferry project and $4 million for the RIT Center for Biotechnology Education and Training, a proposed facility that would provide academic and career training in biotechnology. She is currently pushing to secure further funding for the University of Rochester Biomedical Research Center.



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