Former New York State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Tallon has died, according to public officials.

Tallon served in the New York State Assembly for 19 years and represented Binghamton and parts of Broome County. He was majority leader from 1987 to 1993, was chair of the Assembly Health Committee from 1979 to 1987 and served as Assembly speaker for three days in December 1991. 

In a statement, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Tallon was a mentor to him and leader on health care issues. 

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also issued a statement calling him a true public servant who fought to ensure care for our most vulnerable:

"I was heartbroken to learn of the passing of former Assembly Majority Leader James Tallon today.

James deeply understood that healthcare needed to be accessible and affordable, and spent his years in public office fighting to ensure care for our most vulnerable.

James was a true public servant and his loss to our state is tremendous. I would like to extend my condolences to his family and pray for their comfort and healing during this time."

Assembly Member Donna Lupardo, who currently represents some of the same area Tallon did while in office, also sent a statement:

"Jim Tallon was a giant. He represented our area for many years serving with dignity and distinction. He was a role model and mentor to me, especially in my early years in the Assembly. Jim taught me what it means to be a true public servant. I’ll be forever grateful for his wise counsel.”

After his time in the Assembly, Tallon joined the United Hospital Fund and later chaired the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. 

He also served as a member of the New York State Board of Regents until 2017.