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Retired Brooklyn judge elected chair of City Tech Foundation

December 28, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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The City Tech Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that it has elected the Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin, retired judge of the New York City Civil Court, as chair of the Foundation. Rubin had previously been serving as the Foundation’s vice chair and has been a board member since 1982.

Judge Rubin succeeds Martin Jaffe, who served the Foundation as chair for 22 years. A 1965 graduate of City Tech’s accounting program and co-founder and retired chief operating officer of Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC, Jaffe was formerly COO of DLJ Asset Management Group and CFO of Credit Suisse Asset Management LLC. He was identified by Worth magazine as one of America’s top 50 financial advisers. He and his wife have established the City Tech Foundation’s Martin and Sharon Jaffe Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Responding to the challenge of increasing costs of higher education is the ongoing task of the Foundation. In addition to raising nearly $2.5 million for a variety of student scholarships and other financial assistance programs, the Foundation has secured $1 million more in recent years in donated equipment to enhance both the educational and operational activities of the college.

The Foundation has also helped to acquire resources to outfit the college’s engineering and computer laboratories, learning centers and library, and has provided special incentives to attract and retain top-flight faculty. It maintains a special student revolving loan fund to help cover the cost of textbooks and other educational essentials, so that no student’s education need suffer for want of basic learning tools.

Rubin’s affiliation with City Tech has been not only of long duration, but also quite diverse. For a number of years, she was an adjunct professor in the departments of law and paralegal studies and social science.

During her distinguished career, Rubin has been an adviser to a New York City mayor and New York governor on policy issues, a New York City Commissioner and a trial attorney. Rubin serves many Brooklyn organizations. She is a 40-year member of the Brooklyn Public Library board of trustees and a past president. In 2007, she was honored by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross with the Kitty Cox Award for her distinguished service to the people of Brooklyn, and served on its board for 30 years. Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center honored Judge Rubin and her husband for their dedication to the community and philanthropy toward improving the health of Brooklyn in 2002.

Judge Rubin is a former director of the Brooklyn Bar Association and chair of the Civil Law Committee, where she received a lifetime achievement award; a former director of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, where she served as secretary and was honored with a lifetime achievement award; and a former director of the Small Claims Arbitration Association of New York City, where she was honored for her outstanding contributions as a director.  She has received honors and recognition from the Miracle Workers and Congressman Edolphous Towns. She also served on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College.  

She is currently a trustee of the Brooklyn Law Library located in the Kings County Supreme Court.

-Information courtesy of New York City College of Technology

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