Former Rochester mayor Chuck Hazama has died - Med City Beat

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Chuck Hazama, one of the longest serving mayors in Rochester history, died on Sunday. He was 89.
Hazama was honored during a moment of silence at Monday’s Rochester City Council study session. A number of local dignitaries also put out statements remembering the city’s 42nd mayor.
Mayor Kim Norton described Hazama as a “fun, energetic mayor,” while State Sen. Carla Nelson remembered him as “kind, wise and affirming.”
“I will never forget my nervousness when headed to his office, my first meeting with an elected [official], to bring a park issue to him,” recalled Nelson. “His genuine smile and joy immediately put me at ease and he encouraged me. Chuck was a friend to all.”
Hazama, a native of Hawaii, served as mayor from 1979 to 1995. During his tenure, a citywide flood control system was built and Rochester was named Money Magazine’s best place to live in the U.S. (1993).
This story will be updated once an obituary is made public.
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