NEW YORK - Robert O. Lehrman, president of the Community Bankers Association of New York State, was elected chairman of the New York Society of Association Executives.

He succeeds Marie Rossi in the position.

Mr. Lehrman is head of an association representing savings and banking institutions with total assets exceeding $120 billion.

In accepting the chairmanship of the group, Mr. Lehrman said, "New York is now the third-ranked headquarters city for trade associations and professional societies. We can and should be No. 1 again."

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