Thursday, December 6, 2018




Former White Plains mayor dies

Del Vecchio

WHITE PLAINS – Former Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio of White Plains died on Wednesday, December 5. He was 95 years old.

He was the longest serving mayor in the city’s history having served four terms, from 1976 to 1993.

“During his tenure downtown White Plains saw significant change,” said current Mayor Thomas Roach. “Mayor Del Vecchio guided the city through the process of urban renewal, which changed the face of the central business district.”

Roach said as mayor, Del Vecchio oversaw the modernization of land use regulation in the city. He was an early advocate for the use of energy efficiency technology. He said under Del Vecchio’s tenure, the city first tested and used environmentally friend alternative fuel vehicles.

Roach also cited Del Vecchio with securing permanent, direct Community Development Block Grant funding for the city through federal legislation.

He also managed the complete reconstruction of the city’s Ebersole ice-skating rink without losing any skating season time. He acquired the closed state armory on South Broadway and arranged for its conversion to senior citizen housing and a public senior citizen community center that is still in use today.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said Del Vecchio “served the city he loved for many years and helped to shape White Plains into the city that it is today.”

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