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Former Queens Beep Sidney Leviss was 90

Former Queens Borough President Sidney Leviss passed away on Friday, September 7. He was 90 years old.
Leviss was the 15th Borough President of Queens, serving from January 1969 to 1971. He also served as a Justice for the New York Supreme Court, where he sat on the bench for more than 20 years.
Leviss was born in Flushing on July 21, 1917. He graduated from New York University’s School of Law in 1941 and was admitted to the New York Bar Association in 1942.
Shortly after joining the bar, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps to fight in World War II. He rose to the rank of Captain and received the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning from the war, Leviss was appointed an assistant District Attorney in Queens. He then became assistant Commissioner in the Queens Borough Works and was then appointed Deputy Borough President under Mario Cariello. He became Borough President in 1969 and left the position in 1971 to become a State Supreme Court Justice.
He retired as a Justice when he was 76, but remained a Judicial Hearing Officer in the State Supreme Court. He served in that role until he died.
Leviss was predeceased by his wife, Marion, who passed away in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters, Jeanne and Nancy.

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