Rosendahl came out publicly as gay inwhen his longtime partner, Christopher Lee Blauman, died as a result of AIDS complications. Funeral arrangements were pending, but are expected to include a Mass at St. Just before he stepped down, he advocated for broader access to medical marijuana and said that he had used the drug in fighting his cancer illness. Prior to being elected in MayRosendahl was an educatortelevision broadcaster and a vice president at Adelphia. In spite of the cancer, he was as charismatic and optimistic as ever.
He served from to Gil Diaz. He announced he was in remission in Aprilbut continued with his plans to not run for re-election. And it was there that he died Wednesday at age 70, surrounded by friends and family.
In recent months, after Rosendahl returned from the hospital and doctors said he could pass away any day, friends had been visiting his home regularly, holding something of "a living wake," Bonin said.