Although she lost her years-long battle with cancer on January 23, 2013, those who knew her best will never forget her advocacy on behalf of the Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods she called home. Muroff-Meyer was 45.
Robert Meyer, her husband of five years, says the community will always remember her as a one-of-a-kind woman who impacted the lives of those who knew her with positivity and strength.
“There is a hole in this community without her,” Meyer said, overwhelmed by the room full of flowers from unions she was affiliated with, her friends, and many people he never knew.
The two met while attending Pratt University in Brooklyn in 1986, where Muroff-Meyer received her B.F.A. in Painting.
They developed a lifelong friendship that turned into love, and eventually a marriage that will never be forgotten for those who remember the infamous day at Coney Island just five years ago.
“We were really trying to get married and she was always looking at wedding halls, so one day I just said, ‘Let’s get married on the Cyclone,’” Meyer recalled. “And that was just like her though, I would open my stupid mouth and she would make it happen.”
In Brooklyn, she will be remembered for her work on Community Board 1, where she served as chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Ward Dennis served on the community board with Muroff-Meyer, and remembered as a very active member.
“She was always hard working and passionate about the issues and her community, both when she was living here and when she was living in Ridgewood,” he said.
But Community Board 1 wasn't the first time that Dennis met Muroff-Meyer. They were friends before he got to the board.
“Teri was really a lot of fun,” Dennis recalled, “which made it that much more enjoyable being on the board together.”
After moving from Greenpoint to Ridgewood, Muroff-Meyer stayed as active as she could, turning her new neighborhood into her own once again.
As a representative of the Ridgewood Reservoir Highland Park Education and Conservation Project, she worked to protect the natural beauty of the defunct reservoir in Highland Park from the hands of the city, which wanted to build a sport facility.
Councilwoman Diana Reyna not only represents parts of Community Board 1, she also represents part of Ridgewood, so never lost touch with Muroff-Meyer even after she moved out of North Brooklyn.
“Teri’s record of public service is a true testament to her character and commitment to her friends and family,” said Reyna. “It is people like Teri that make a difference every day in our communities. She will be missed.”
Muroff-Meyer was a member of the District Council 9 (DC9) New York IUPAT, Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and most recently worked with the DC9 to coordinate a restoration fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
In fact, he just received a letter in the mail from DC9 praising his wife for her work helping victims of Sandy.
Her husband said that even after her diagnosis with both cancer of the breast and appendix, she remained an active member with the DC9 in Ridgewood.
There she was a member of the Health and Safety Department, and later served as an executive assistant to two business managers.
“She was always there, typing away on her computer with these people,” Meyer said, “even in her last days.”