• WCA Tribute to Al DelBello, Our Chairman Emeritus


  • A Visionary and One of Westchester's Greatest Leaders

  • We are deeply saddened at the passing of Al DelBello, our chairman emeritus and one of Westchester County’s greatest visionaries. Al saw what was possible and masterfully moved sometimes implacable forces in order to improve the quality of life for all those living and working here. He understood human nature and skillfully brought people along—not an easy task in what was often a contentious and boisterous political arena. Al was an astute observer and a careful listener; he was...

    ...persuasive and he was commanding. He fearlessly stood up for what he believed was right. So many of the WCA’s important initiatives—healthcare reform, economic development, government reform and young professionals—were begun under his leadership. 

    A WCA member since 1960, Al served as a Yonkers City Councilman, Mayor of Yonkers, Westchester County Executive and Lieutenant Governor of New York. After leaving public service, he became a founding partner of DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP in White Plains. He was a graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham Law School, and also served in the National Guard before beginning his political career in his hometown of Yonkers.

    Al was proud of his heritage and maintained a deep commitment to public service throughout his life. Above all, he treasured time spent with his family, colleagues, and close friends. On a personal level, Al was a true mentor to me. We communicated on an almost daily basis, and I will sorely miss his guidance and leadership.

    The entire Westchester County Association joins me in sending our heartfelt condolences to his wife Dee, son Damon, his friends, colleagues, and partners. May his life and good works be a continuing source of inspiration to us all.

    The memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 9:30 a.m. at Tappan Hill, 200 Gunpowder Lane, Tarrytown.

    —William M. Mooney, Jr., CEO, Westchester County Association

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