BALCONY - Business and Labor Coalition of New York
April 19th, 2017

Dear BALCONY Members and Friends,

It is with great sorrow that we write to you about the sudden loss of a dear friend and associate. Today, Wednesday, April 19th, we learned of the passing of Lou Gordon, the Executive Director of BALCONY. Lou died at home sitting in his chair. His loss will be felt for a very long time. We will miss his tenacity and strength in bringing our issues to both the business and the labor groups in our organization. Lou stepped on many toes in his pursuit of fairness for both workers and businesses. However, he often found the common ground to resolve issues from Healthcare to Social Justice. Lou brought government officials to the table and gave voice to the people on the street in many different arenas. His many breakfast sessions brought issues to the forefront to give us a better understanding of problems facing New York — from water tables and urban flooding to Presidential campaign issues. Most importantly, with a heart as big as gold, Lou was a caring friend, seriously concerned for the rights and health of everyone he knew. Rest in Peace dear friend.

If there are public funeral services we will notify all of you.

Alan Lubin, Andrew Pallotta, Kevin Weaver, and the rest of the BALCONY board and team members