Former Cortland County legislative chair Marilyn Brown dies

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A former Cortland County legislator and legislative chair passed away last week.

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Marilyn Brown, a Democrat, served on the legislature from 1998 until 2007, serving as chair for her final term. She died Wednesday at the age of 78.

"Ms. Brown was a true public servant representing the former 8th Legislative District which previously covered a large portion of the City of Cortland," said Donnell Boyden, current chair of the Cortland County Legislature.

During her tenure, Brown served on nearly every legislative committee, including several years on the health and human services committee, Boyden said.

Flags at county offices were ordered to fly at half-staff Thursday in honor of Brown's tenure. Boyden said Brown's legacy of public service will continue with her children.

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