NEW YORK – Sol Adler, the longtime executive director of New York’s 92nd Street Y who was fired after revelations that he had a long-term affair with his assistant, hanged himself.
Adler’s body was discovered by his wife in their Brooklyn home on Friday, the New York Post reported Sunday.
His suspected suicide comes several days after the 92Y announced that it had hired Henry Timms, the Y’s deputy executive director, to succeed Adler. Timms had served as interim director since Adler’s firing last July.
Adler was executive director of the Y since 1988; he had started working there in 1978.
He reportedly had an extramarital affair with Catherine Marto, the Manhattan Jewish community center’s liaison for board and donor relations.
Marto also was fired after the Y deemed that she provided unsatisfactory answers to an investigation of her son-in-law, Sal Taddeo, a former Y employee who allegedly received kickbacks from Y vendors while working there.
Before being named interim executive director following the scandal, Timms served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content.
“This is a remarkable organization full of both creativity and compassion, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Timms said in a statement. “It’s a team that is committed to serving every member of our community more fully and to thinking big about how we can increase our impact.”