Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Legislator John Lightfoot

Legislator John Lightfoot

John Lightfoot
Assistant Minority Leader
25th District - Rochester

52 Dr. Samuel McCree Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: (w) 585 753-1940; (h) 585 464-9007

Assistant Leader Lightfoot currently serves as Ranking Minority Member (RMM) of the Transportation Committee and as a member of  the Human Services Committee. Legislator Lightfoot also serves on the New York State Association of Counties’ Economic Development, Environment and Rural Affairs committee, where Legislator Lightfoot submitted a resolution to the state regarding Foreign Direct Investment. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the 911 Commission. 

Legislator Lightfoot was appointed to the Monroe County Charter Review Commission in 2013 where he worked with administrative staff members, legislators and community members to examine the rule of law in which administrative programs and services are administered to the residents of Monroe County, assuring accountability and efficiency.

Legislator Lightfoot passed legislation that increased the participation of Minority and Woman Business Enterprises (MWBEs) by raising the minimum participation requirements from 10% for minorities to 12% and by raising women participation from 2% to 3%. It was estimated that an additional one million dollars would have been made available to MWBEs if the legislation was passed in the previous year. Legislator Lightfoot has also worked with the Sheriff’s department in efforts to recruit more minorities.

Legislator Lightfoot is an advocate and supporter of Monroe Community College. He participated in the relocation of the Damon Campus in downtown Rochester and advocated for MCC remaining in the 25th District. Legislator Lightfoot approved bonding for the 80 million dollar project in 2015.

Legislator Lightfoot previously served as Rochester City Councilmember At-Large from 2006 to 2010, as one of a nine-member legislative body. During his time as Councilmember, Lightfoot championed the Jefferson Avenue Revitalization Project with over $3.8 million in allocation of federal, state and local resources, after which he received the Jefferson Avenue Business Association “Commitment Award.”

From 2006 to 2010, Lawmaker Lightfoot served on the city council’s Parks, Public Works Committee; where he was also chairman from 2008 to 2010. Lawmaker Lightfoot recommended and the city adopted a water security policy for city and shared county water supply.

As a member of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Efficiency and Natural Resources Steering Committee, Policymaker Lightfoot:

  • Engaged in air quality & water policies at a national level for local communities and infrastructure revitalization 
  • Analyzed, discussed and recommended Energy Efficiency & Conservation block Grant $3.2 billion focused on problem solving antiquated infrastructure
  • Engaged in air quality emissions regulatory policies

In addition, Legislator Lightfoot’s credentials include:

  • Scout Leader from 1994 to 2010, where he served in various leadership roles dedicated to the development of young males within the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America through outdoor survival skills, accountability and responsibility. Legislator Lightfoot led 10 youth to the Eagle Scout rank over his tenure.
  • Audio Video Chairman from 2002 to present, for the historic Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Cornhill, where he leads the Audio Video and Visual team for the smooth delivery of services for church parishioners totaling over 600 members; continuously abreast of emerging technologies Legislator Lightfoot implemented the transition from analog to digital platforms.
  • Sector 4 President from 2004 to2006, where he managed five neighborhood groups & committees that made up the city’s southwest administering social programs in alignment with city and county goals. As leader, Legislator Lightfoot executed the Sector 4 web-site and applied a community-driven action plan.
  • Community Leader from 1990 to 2004, where he participated in numerous civic and religious organizations to improve the quality of life for targeted populations. He has led the Changing of the Scenes Neighborhood Association for over 17 years, implementing summer youth camps, homework help programs, senior activities and Christmas with Santa.

From 1998 to 2009, Legislator Lightfoot was employed with the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services as a Pure Water Technician. He performed a broad range of activities, including disseminating information regarding underground utilities. As a Maintenance Mechanic at the VanLare Plant from 1990 to 1996, Legislator Lightfoot was responsible for the delivery of diversified maintenance activities, and the repair of nearly 2,500 pieces of equipment.

Legislator Lightfoot earned his Bachelor of Science in Urban Communities & Social Change with a minor in Statistics in 2012 from St. John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY. He earned his Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1998 from Monroe Community College, in Rochester, NY. Legislator Lightfoot is currently earning his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport.