Jeremy Farrell, the special counsel and senior managing director of government and community affairs at LeFrak and former Jersey City corporation counsel, died of a heart attack at 44 years old last night.
“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Jeremy Farrell. Jeremy was a cherished member of our team and a cornerstone in the community at large, and he leaves an important legacy in Newport and Jersey City. My deepest condolences go to Jeremy’s family during this unimaginably difficult time,” LeFrak Chair and CEO Richard LeFrak said in a statement.
“Jeremy Farrell was the rarest of human beings: incredibly smart and kind, yet firm, and respected by all of his colleagues. He was a beloved mentor to all those who had the honor of working with him. For Newport and the LeFrak family, Jeremy’s passing is one we will mourn forever. He will be missed more than words can express,” added Vice Chairman and Managing Director of LeFrak Jamie LeFrak.
Farrell served as corporation counsel during Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s tenure between 2013 and 2017, heading to serve as the executive director of the city’s municipal utilities authority for most of 2018 before taking the aforementioned post at LeFrak.
“Many of you reached out regarding the passing of Jeremy. He was a terrific human being. He was Kind,smart, thoughtful, and was a man of impeccable character,” Fulop wrote on social media.
“He was my first corporate counsel, a trusted advisor, and he deserves as much credit as anyone for the last 10 years of Jersey City progress. We will all miss him.”
He had also recently served as the president of the Jersey City Apartment Owners Association, who held their inaugural awards ceremony in October.
A Seton Hall University School of Law graduate, Farrell was an attorney at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP from September 2007 until June 2013.
He had also previously worked as judicial clerk for a federal judge.
Officials at LeFrak said they would have a statement paying tribute to Farrell’s life and career later today.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.