Capital Region News
5:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Association of Towns Mourns Former Leader

The Albany-based Association of Towns is mourning the death of its longtime executive director:  Jeff Haber led the Association for 27 years from 1985, until he retired in October 2012. He was suceeded by Gerry Geist.

From the nytowns.org website:

Jeff was proud of his tenure at the Association of Towns, and the organization would not be what it is today without his leadership. Under his guidance, the Association’s staff and training platform grew. Perhaps the accomplishment of which he was most proud was the establishment of NYMIR – the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal – in 1986, which provided an answer to the property/casualty insurance crisis that municipalities faced. Jeff was able to see NYMIR grow from 26 original members to insure more than 600 participating municipalities. Once NYMIR was licensed, Jeff saw another opportunity to improve another insurance issue for our membership. Today, the New York State Municipal Workers’ Compensation Alliance is one of the primary providers of workers’ comp insurance to New York State towns, villages and counties.

Jeff was able to develop special relationships with everyone he worked with at the Association of Towns, NYMIR and the Workers’ Comp Alliance. Beyond his professional dedication, his generosity and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at Ray Funeral Home, 59 Seaman Ave, Castleton, NY from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Trinity Lutheran Church, 70 Green Ave., Castleton, NY, Friday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m.

Haber is survived by his wife, Sandra, three children, three grandchildren, two stepchildren and four step-grandchildren.