Tribute to Alfred B. DelBello
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP, is deeply saddened by the loss of our law partner and friend, Alfred B. DelBello, former New York State Lieutenant Governor, Westchester County Executive and Mayor of the City of Yonkers.
Al was a giant in Westchester. In 1970, he became the youngest mayor in Yonkers history. Three years later, he followed that accomplishment by becoming the first Democrat ever elected Westchester County Executive. He won two more terms as County Executive, in 1977 and 1981.
During his tenure as County Executive, the Westchester County Medical Center opened and a countywide bus system – now the county’s Bee-Line – was born.
The county also built the Charles Point Resource Recovery Facility, a pioneering solid waste-to-energy plant in Peekskill.
In 1982, he was elected New York State Lieutenant Governor, serving in that role until 1985.
Al became a founding partner of DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP in 1995. A member of the Land Use and Zoning and Government Relations practice groups, he represented major corporations, developers and property owners in commercial and residential real estate projects, economic development projects, and related government incentive programs. Over the course of his career, Al worked on some of the highest profile and most sophisticated real estate and economic development projects, public-private partnerships, and urban renewal developments in the Hudson Valley region.
“Al was a leader in the truest sense of the word. He was devoted to public service, and enjoyed great success throughout his life as a private business executive, an attorney and a trusted advisor and sage counsel,” Alfred Donnellan said in recalling his long-time law partner. “We will deeply miss him as a partner and a friend.”
A graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham Law School, he also held honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Pace University and Mercy College and an honorary degree from Drake Business School.
Al was Chairman Emeritus of the Westchester County Association, former member of the Governor’s Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, former Chairman and Director of the Westchester Land Trust, a Director of Signature Bank, member of the Senate Club of New York and of the National Association of Former State Troopers.
His other elected and appointed positions included Yonkers City Councilman, President of the National Council of Elected County Executives and Chairman of the New York State Advisory Committee.
He authored numerous articles on government and the environment.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his beloved wife, Dee, son, Dr. Damon DelBello and wife Jill, and his three grandchildren – Daniel, Alexandra and Gabriella.