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Legislature Honors the Late “Teddy” Zimrot, Long-Time Leader of the County Human Rights Commission

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Legislature Honors the Late “Teddy” Zimrot, Long-Time Leader of the County Human Rights Commission

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

By proclamation from Chair Martha Robertson ,the Legislature honored and recognized Theda (“Teddy”) Zimrot, the County’s third and longest serving Director of Human Rights, who died April 7.  From 1983-1995, Zimrot served first as Investigator, then as Directo, of the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission, where she expanded the services and staff of the office, engaged the Commission volunteer advisory board, and provided advocacy and education for the community. 

“Teddy’s passion for human rights and social justice was manifested in her genuine love for people and her ability to organize communities to fight for what is right,” the proclamation states, and “during her tenure as Director, Teddy elevated the Department and Tompkins County as a well-respected proponent of human rights, setting Tompkins County as a leader among its peers doing human rights work in New York State”—one of the many achievements, the drafting and adoption of what is commonly known as “Local Law C,” which included LGBTQ and gender identity as a protective class under Tompkins County Human Rights Law, a protection that did not exist anywhere else in New York State.