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