Thursday, December 23, 2010


Susan M. Cohen died on 22nd December, 2010, in New York City. A lawyer who was a fierce advocate for tenants and breast cancer survivors, she was a founder and Chair of the New York State Breast Cancer Network.

Her involvement with the Chelsea Coalition on Housing inspired her to become a “poor peoples' lawyer.” A graduate of Cardozo Law School, she worked with M.F.Y. Legal Services and Manhattan Legal Services. She became extremely well versed in landlord and tenant law. She was a superb litigator on behalf of tenants as well as a resource for L.&T. lawyers. Susan was also a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Susan participated in Manhattan Reform Democratic party politics both in her home Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and the New Democratic Coalition years ago. Long active in judicial politics, she was an early organizer and a vigorous supporter of judicial reform through the use of screening panels.

Susan M. Cohen, public service lawyer, dead at 69.

The funeral service is to-morrow, Friday, 24th December, 2010, at 9 A.M., at the Plaza Funeral Home, 630 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 91st Street in Manhattan, New York City. Burial at BEKI Cemetery, New Haven, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions to SHARE (, or Breast Cancer Action (, or to Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., are appreciated.


Henry O. Leichter, brother of former New York State Senator Franz S. Leichter, died 20th December, 2010. Henry, a Columbia University Law School graduate and lawyer, was one of the founders of the Riverside Democrats together with former Representative William Fitts Ryan. Henry also served two terms as a Democratic Party State Committeeman from the old 7th Assembly District (now principally the 69th).

Henry O. Leichter, dead at 86.

A memorial service shall be announced at a later date.


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