Herb Berman, ex-NYC Council panel chairman, dies after long illness

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Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley, center, is flanked Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley, center, is flanked by New York State Sen. Seymour P. Lachman, left, and New York Councilman Herbert Berman, right, after addressing the Jewish community in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000. Photo Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

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Herbert Berman, 80, the former city councilman from Brooklyn who chaired the body’s finance committee, died Sunday morning at home in Manhattan after a long illness, said his son, Russell Berman.

After his time on the council, he ran unsuccessfully in the 2001 Democratic primary for comptroller. He later headed the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and was a special assistant to the president of the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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In addition to his son, Berman is survived by his daughter, Shari Berman; a sister, Bernice Grader; and three grandchildren. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan with burial in Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale.


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