Melvin Howard Osterman


Age: 70

Summary: founding partner of the Albany, New York law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna who was once a member of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's legal staff and one of the architects of the important Taylor Law, which gave public employees in New York collective bargaining rights while forbidding them to strike and setting up graduated penalties for job actions.

Cause of Death: Severe reaction to insect stings he received while gardening

Born: September 26, 1934

Died: August 14, 2005

Delmar, New York