Andrew Amato, Sr.

2/5/2010:

A loss for the Hoboken community: Andrew Amato, Sr.

Andrew Amato Obituary Hoboken NJ February 5 2010As reported in last night’s Hoboken411 Incident Report, former Hoboken Councilman Andrew Amato, Sr. passed away from cardiac arrest in his home at Marion Towers early this morning. He will be missed by countless Hoboken residents, and will be seen as a tremendous loss to the community.

Amato was a spirited 4th Ward Councilman who ran for Mayor in 1993 and 1997. In ’93, he backed Anthony Russo in the runoff. While Russo only took his own 3rd Ward and Amato’s 4th Ward, it was enough to beat challenger Ira Karasick who won the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th Wards.

In 1997, he challenged Russo, but lost again.

In May of 1997, the New York Times reported:
“City Councilman Andrew Amato is running for mayor of Hoboken on a simple platform: ”To stop all this corruption.”

Without being specific, Mr. Amato has accused the incumbent in Tuesday’s election, Anthony Russo, of using his office to extort payments from local businesses. Mr. Russo flatly denied the allegation yesterday and asked voters to consider its source.

Mr. Amato is awaiting trial after being indicted in July on charges that he paid seven people $40 each to apply for bogus absentee ballots in the 1995 election for Hudson County executive. Mr. Amato maintains that the charges were politically motivated.A third candidate, Ed Shirak, is the author of a book about Hoboken’s most famous native, Frank Sinatra, and has proposed that the city build a Sinatra museum.”

Here’s a video showing the energy Amato brought to City Council meetings in 1993:

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14 Comments on "Andrew Amato, Sr."

realstuff
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realstuff

Andrew was one of the seasoned ‘old-time’ officials who served as a city councilman. His wisdom was based on his life experience, which will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Andrew.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

In 1955 andrew opened up a dry cleaning place on 1st and madison st..three panel trucks painted hot pink..Funny..Andrew was having some problems with neighbors because of his trucks parked on the street.Councilman Louis Francone introduced Andrew to Mayor Grogan to address the matter..That is what started Andrew off into politics..Wonderfull dad and grandpa and lord have mercy on this man..

In response to realstuff who said:
Andrew was one of the seasoned ‘old-time’ officials who served as a city councilman. His wisdom was based on his life experience, which will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Andrew.

aamato1322
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aamato1322

This is Andrew Amato’s grandson…I just wanted to say thank you to hoboken 411 and to all the people who have posted comments and for writing such nice words about my grandfather….He truly loved this community and the people that represented it…To my grandmother who truly is a saint and was my grandfathers right hand women we are all here for her and our prayers are with her…I know my grandfather would have wanted to thank the community of hoboken for the support and the love that you have displayed to his family through out these tough days so I sit here and say Thank you for him…Rest in Peace Grandpa We all Love you and miss you…from the Amato family

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Hi Whiskey—yeah, remember him well too. He and Louie were pals indeeed. I remember Lou when he lived at 79 Madison street and the bakery was across the street from there. Next door was Mary’s grocery store run by the family. Used to get RC cola there in the big chest with ice. Remember My mom campaigned for both at one time or another.

tosad1
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tosad1

RIP UNCLE

debra
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debra

Rest In Peace Tony

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

debra his name is andrew..I remember him before all the anti and remformers or who ever. In 1956 andrew opened up a dry cleaners to compete with the one hr martinizing ..he worked hard and paid his dues..He hooked up with former councilman louis francone and got involved in politics..btw lous old blg is not the mayors but she had an elevator..wow lou had a bakery business and andrew was intrested in politics…he made his way hss three beautifull kids and grand children..hugs to my pal florie…

In response to debra who said:
Rest In Peace Tony

debra
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debra

Yes I am so sorry. I did the same thing here in work and my coworker looked at me weird. I don’t know why I kept saying
Tony. I too know the Amatos, have been in Hoboken for all of my life. I couldn’t get back on line until now.

Rest In Peace Andrew.

In response to wiskeytango1 who said:
debra his name is andrew..I remember him before all the anti and remformers or who ever. In 1956 andrew opened up a dry cleaners to compete with the one hr martinizing ..he worked hard and paid his dues..He hooked up with former councilman louis francone and got involved in politics..btw lous old blg is not the mayors but she had an elevator..wow lou had a bakery business and andrew was intrested in politics…he made his way hss three beautifull kids and grand children..hugs to my pal florie…

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