Former Yonkers mayor remembered as man who shaped the city

<p>Angelo Martinelli, 91, was the mayor of Yonkers for two separate terms in the 1970s and 1980s, making him the city's longest serving mayor. He died at his home on Saturday.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 2, 2018, 11:48 AM

Updated 2,089 days ago

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A final farewell was held Friday for a former Yonkers mayor who, many say, shaped the city.
Angelo Martinelli, 91, was the mayor of Yonkers for two separate terms in the 1970s and 1980s, making him the city's longest serving mayor. He died at his home on Saturday.
The funeral was held at Sacred Heart Church, where a large American flag was draped to greet the former mayor's casket.
Officials from across the county and three Yonkers mayors attended the service. Many said his influence on the city has never stopped even though he's been out of the office for decades.
Officials said Martinelli was the man responsible for the revitalization of downtown Yonkers, and the one who reinvigorated the Police Athletic League and the city Chamber of Commerce.
Martinelli also wanted to see Yonkers settle a landmark court case in the 1980s that required the city to desegregate its schools and neighborhoods.
Current Mayor Mike Spano calls his legacy on the city immeasurable.
“There are a lot of good things happening in Yonkers today, that I have to point right back to Angelo Martinelli and say ‘thank you’ to him for advice,” said Spano.
Jim Belushi played the former mayor in the 2015 miniseries "Show Me a Hero," which highlighted the city's battle for desegregation in the 1980s.
Martinelli was buried Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Cemetery.


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