Stamford mayor dies unexpectedly

By Haley Burton
By Perry Russom

August 27, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM EDT

Village of Stamford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Stamford Mayor Michael A. Jacobs, 65, died unexpectedly Saturday.

According to his obituary, Jacobs died Aug. 24 at Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.

Flags outside the Village of Stamford's Town Hall were at half staff Tuesday for Jacobs

Friends said he was someone they could always joke around with and a man who took a lot of pride in protecting his family and community.

Jacobs was a frequent customer at T.P.'s Cafe in the village.

"He was part of the community. He was a part of the community within the restaurant, also," said Heather Clark, owner of T.P.'s Cafe. "This morning was the first morning we really had our regulars without him here, and there was definitely something missing. "

Clark said he came here multiple times everyday it was open, often buying breakfast for everyone in the cafe.

"He was always going," said Bill Hauser, a T.P.'s regular and acquaintance of Jacobs. "He would come in here with (legal) briefs and sit and write and you'd see lights on in his office late at night and you'd see him early in the morning. He was always running somewhere."

Who will take his place as mayor will be decided on Sept. 17.

An emergency village meeting was held Monday when Deputy Mayor Joan Hinman was given all mayoral duties until a new mayor is appointed.

Jacobs, a Republican, was the mayor of Stamford and an attorney at Jacobs & Jacobs, Esqs.

According to his biography on the firm's website, Jacobs graduated from Stamford Central School and McGill University. He received his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the MacArthur Funeral Home in Hobart.

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