Jim Hennerty, longtime CSEA staff member



ALBANY — CSEA is mourning the loss of longtime CSEA staff member Jim Hennerty, who passed away on Jan. 27, 2024, at age 74.

Jim was employed at our union for 33 years, starting as a field representative for Schuyler, Chemung and Tompkins counties and later as the director for labor relations and personnel.

He spent the latter 24 years of his career as Deputy Director of Contract Administration (now known as State Operations).

He was a key negotiator in six separate State Executive Branch contracts between 1990 and 2012 and served as lead negotiator for multiple agreements between our union and the state Office of Court Administration.

“Jim was an avid advocate for the grievance and disciplinary rights of every union member, no matter how big or how small the issue,” said former CSEA Director of Contract Administration Ross Hanna. “Jim was an absolute gentleman in all of his work, including when working with his adversaries across the table. He was respected by his colleagues and peers alike.”

Jim retired from CSEA in 2013. Off the job, Jim was known for his love of classical music and reading, as well as generosity and kindness.


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