In what has become Rochester’s worst kept secret, Molly Clifford, a community activist and Northwest Rochester native, will announce her candidacy for the Northwest City Council seat in a press conference this morning at Plumbers Local 13 Union Hall on Mt. Read Blvd.
Current Councilwoman Carla Palumbo announced earlier this week that she will not seek re-election this fall.
Clifford has a storied professional career of serving the community, having been called the “Swiss army knife” of city government by the local press. Among her accomplishments, she:
● Brought the popular “Clean Sweep” program to the Northwest and other quadrants
● Helped improve the health of Rochester’s children through the implementation of the nationally-recognized lead paint poisoning prevention program
● Reworked the Rochester Fire Department’s testing and hiring process, leading to the two most diverse classes of firefighters in RFD’s history
And Ms. Clifford’s experience goes well beyond City government. She:
● Is a partner in a local small business
● Worked to expand community services as Public Affairs Manager at Rural/Metro Medical Services and Golisano Children’s Hospital
● Serves on the Boards of Directors of Mary’s Place Outreach, supporting refugees in Northwest Rochester, and the Regional Center for Independent Living on Jay Street, helping people with disabilities fully participate in the community
“These are tough times,” says Clifford. “Rochester’s concentrated poverty is taking its toll on our children and families. We need someone who is not afraid to stand up for these families and fight for our neighborhoods. I’ve spent most of my career doing just that, and I want to continue fighting for the people of Northwest Rochester.”