Toni Delmonte, a labor attorney and former school board president, died Monday in her home here after a five-year battle with breast cancer. She was 47.
Born Toni Martin in Brooklyn, she was salutatorian of her class at Canarsie High School and a 1983 graduate of what is now Binghamton University, where she developed an interest in unions. In 1985, she organized the first New York City chapter of 9to5, a union of clerical workers.
After graduating in 1991 from the University at Buffalo Law School, where she headed the Labor Law Society, she and her husband, Richard Furlong, opened a law firm that helped form worker-owned and -operated companies to compete with non-union operations. She later joined the law firm of Dadd and Nelson in Attica.
In 2002, she was appointed first assistant county attorney for the Wyoming County Community Health System.
From 1994 to 2004, she was a member of the Wyoming Central School District Board of Education, serving as president from 1999 to 2004. She started a summer youth program for children in the Wyoming area in 1995.
In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Monica, Bianca and Elissa; her parents, Edward and Ann Martin; and a sister, Renee Power.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael Catholic Church, 171 N. Main St.