Former 92nd St Y Leader Apparent Suicide
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Former 92nd St Y Leader Apparent Suicide

Ousted after scandal, Adler discovered by wife days after successor appointed.

Sol Adler, the longtime head of the 92d Street Y who was ousted last July in a corruption scandal, was found hanged Friday in his Brooklyn home.

Adler, 60, was found by his wife in their oceanfront Sea Gate home shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, the New York Post reported.

His died days after the 92Y announced that it had hired Henry Timms to succeed Adler as executive director.

The corruption scandal surfaced after an anonymous letter revealed that Adler had been having a long-term affair with his personal assistant, Catherine Marto.

It was also revealed that Marto’s son-in-law, who had been hired as the Y’s director of facilities, was fired for allegedly taking kickbacks from vendors. And several other employees were sacked for what the Y board said was “engaging in and failing to report suspected inappropriate behavior.”

Adler had been making $430,000 a year at the time of his firing after a two-decade career as director. At the same time the Y announced Timms’ appointment, it announced the hiring of Rabbi Peter Rubinstein of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, to serve as director of Jewish continuity, a new full-time position.

Timms had served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content and had served as interim executive director after Adler was fired.

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