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Trailblazer Ann Bunker, Auburn’s first female city councilor dies at 71

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Ann Bunker, known for being the first woman elected to the Auburn City Council, has died at the age of 71.


Bunker, who dedicated her life to public service in her native Auburn, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester this past Friday.

Her time on the council was marked by her influential role in co-founding the Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource and serving as Board President of Auburn Community Baseball, where she was instrumental in the Falcon Park Stadium Project.

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Bunker’s educational background includes a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Albany, which she earned in 1974, followed by a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law a decade later.

Her distinguished legal career was primarily centered on private practice, focusing on Family Law, Juvenile Advocacy, and Domestic Relations. She also contributed her expertise to the Cayuga Integrated Domestic Violence Court, where she worked from 2005 to 2015.

A funeral service to honor Ann Bunker’s legacy will be held at 10 a.m. today at the United Methodist Church in Auburn. Her death marks the loss of a pioneering figure in Auburn’s local government and an advocate for justice in her community.