Florence G. Cohen: A Guide Through
offices of the New York State Department of Taxation and
Finance on the 86th floor of 2 World Trade Center could
be a baffling wonderland, with all the various kinds of
tax returns processed and audited there. But luckily
there was Florence G. Cohen, a longtime clerical worker
in the sales tax department, to show the way.
"She was very helpful with people," said a colleague,
Geraldine Howard-Outlaw. "She knew not only the sales
tax, but all the other departments she had worked
Her daughter Joyce said: "She was extremely generous.
She would give people the shirt off her back."
Ms. Cohen, 62, loved to go to the theater. "She had
wanted to see `The Producers,' but she didn't get a
chance," her daughter said. And Ms. Cohen, who was a
widow, loved to travel, because "she liked to have fun
and visit places and see different things," Mrs.
Howard-Outlaw said. One of her favorite destinations was
Las Vegas, not for the gambling, her colleague said, "but
for the scenery and the atmosphere." She had even thought
about moving there permanently, once her work with taxes