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Longtime Yates Legislature chair passes away at 90

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Robert “Bob” Multer, a revered figure in Yates County politics and the longest-serving chair of the Yates County Legislature, has passed away at the age of 90.

Multer, who moved to Penn Yan in 1962, was not only a successful business owner but also a dedicated public servant. He initially made his mark as the owner of Multer Electric before venturing into local politics.


Multer’s political career began in 1974 when he was elected as the Supervisor for the Town of Barrington.

His leadership skills and dedication to public service led to his election as the Chair of the Yates County Legislature, a position he held for an impressive 39 years, making him the longest-serving legislator in the body’s history.

In 1985, Multer took on the role of Supervisor in Middlesex, continuously serving in this capacity until 2015. His long tenure in various governmental roles underscored his commitment to the community and his ability to lead effectively.


In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral services for Multer. His passing marks the end of a notable era in Yates County’s local governance, leaving behind a legacy of service and dedication to the community he so dearly served.

Multer’s contributions to local politics and his community-oriented approach to leadership will be remembered by those who knew him and worked alongside him throughout his many years of public service.