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Monroe County County Executive Maggie Brooks

Roots: I grew up in East Irondequoit and moved to Maryland for junior and senior high school. I attended Catholic University and later transferred to Ithaca College, where I completed my degree. After college, I returned to Monroe County and began my first job working for the WHAM radio station. I returned here because, in my mind, there is no better place to live.

Regional raves: Monroe County is an amazing place. We are home to incredible historical figures like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and George Eastman. We were the starting ground for corporate leaders like Eastman Kodak, Xerox and Wegmans. And we are home to a first-class arts and cultural community. What I truly love about this area is our diverse community and the spirit of the people who live here.

A night on the town: My husband, Bob, and I enjoy going out to dinner and taking advantage of the many concerts and shows that travel through our area, as well as those that we are home to. We are fortunate to have many first-class venues to welcome world-renowned artists, plays and speakers.

Weekend fun: Free time on the weekend is sometimes hard to come by. Bob and I love to play golf, and Monroe County has some of the best public and private golf courses in the country—which is one of the reasons we are able to attract prestigious golf events like the Wegmans LPGA, Xerox Nationwide Classic and PGA events like the Ryder Cup and U.S. Open.

If Rochester/Monroe County were a historical figure … it would be George Eastman. Not only did Eastman build Eastman Kodak right here in Monroe County, but his life and accomplishments represent the pinnacle of achievement in our community. Eastman was innovative, forward-thinking and creative. Just as he laid the groundwork for a great community, we are a community laying the groundwork for future innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

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