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Old 01-05-2013, 01:38 AM   #1
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My Uncle Pat, who has always been a great inspiration to me and many others died Thursday. He was a great man. RIP Uncle Pat.



Andrew P. O'Rourke, former Westchester county executive, dead at 79


Andrew P. O’Rourke, the Westchester county executive from 1983 to 1997, who left his mark on the county through major public works projects, the expansion of county parkland and the privatization of the county medical center, died last night at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a long illness. O’Rourke, who went on to serve as a state judge, was 79.

In O’Rourke’s 15 years in office, Westchester County bought more than 1,000 acres of open space and turned a former dump into Croton Point Park. He also secured public support for referendums to build a new terminal at Westchester County Airport, expand the county jail and renovate the county center.
O’Rourke’s son, Andrew P. O’Rourke Jr., said his father was surrounded by friends and family in the weeks before his death. Now it’s time for a celebration of his life, he added.
“It’s a great loss,” O’Rourke said. “It’s a great loss for Westchester. It’s a great loss for myself and he’ll be surely missed. He was a great champion of the people.”
O’Rourke, a progressive Republican, started his political career in 1965 when he was elected to the Yonkers City Council. He served on the council until 1973 and was a member of the Westchester Board of Legislators from 1974 to 1982, becoming board chairman in 1978.
Known for his sense of humor and charm, O’Rourke became county executive in 1983 when he was appointed to replace Alfred DelBello, who had resigned to become lieutenant governor. He was elected to the remainder of DelBello’s term in November that year and reelected in 1985, 1989 and 1993.
He moved to Somers in the late 1980s.
After one of the campaigns, he gave Anthony J. Colavita, the Republican county chairman at the time, a four-foot battle ax that he dubbed the “Close Combat Award.”
“That was the kind of guy he was,” said Colavita, who last saw him in August at a long lunch where they “kidded around about the old days.”.
DelBello said he and O’Rourke came up through Yonkers and county politics together and, though they came from different parties, they were always able to sit down and work out what was best for Westchester. That is an important legacy, he said.

“Despite our political infighting he would always come down on the right side for the county,” DelBello said.
County Executive Rob Astorino said O’Rourke had a major impact on the county and he often turned to him for his wise counsel.
“Those who knew him will remember him for his extraordinary wit and charm as well as his compassion for all,” Astorino said in a statement. Astorino directed that flags at county buildings be flown at half staff in his honor.
While county executive, O’Rourke was an architect of welfare reforms, particularly requiring recipients to work, that later took hold across the country. He also faced an explosion in the county’s homeless population in the 1980s and began to build transitional housing to address the county’s reliance on motels to house homeless families. He had been on welfare himself as a child after his father died when he was 2 and his mother became blind.
“He knew that people needed just a hand, not a handout,” O’Rourke Jr. said.
O’Rourke was born in Plainfield, N.J. and lived on Manhattan’s west side before moving to Yonkers. He graduated from Fordham and New York University Law School. He served as a captain in the Air Force and in the Naval Reserves and was a rear admiral in the New York Naval Militia.
He was loyal to the Republican Party, DelBello said.
“I think he saw that as his means of succeeding,” he said.
At the end of his time on office, O’Rourke signed the agreement to lease Westchester Medical Center to a quasi-public corporation to move the budget and employees off the county’s books. It was one of several efforts at privatization that he coupled with budget and staff cuts to try to keep taxes down starting in tough times in the early 1990s
After leaving the county executive’s office, O’Rourke served as a judge in the Court of Claims and then won a seat on the state Supreme court in 2000. He became the resident justice in Putnam in 2004 after sitting in Rockland and retired in December 2009. In 1991 he was nominated for a federal judgeship but was never confirmed.
O’Rourke ran for governor in 1986 against Mario Cuomo, drawing attention to Cuomo’s refusal to debate him by carrying around a cardboard cutout of the Democratic incumbent.
“I used to meet with him regularly and I was always telling him I’ve got to find a candidate for governor,” Colavita said. Then one day they met and Colavita told him, “I’ve got a candidate, that’s the good news. The bad news is you’re the candidate.”
He told his family going it it was going to be a virtual suicide mission, and it was the only race he ever lost, his son said.
Despite that, “he said it’s the greatest honor in the world to be asked to run for probably the second greatest office in the United States,” the younger O’Rourke said.

In 1986, while county executive, he ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, the father of the current governor, Andrew Cuomo.

"Andy always put his deep intellect, self-deprecating humor, and unwavering integrity toward serving the people of New York," the current governor said in a statement, citing O'Rourke's ability "to gracefully disarm political opponents as well as ease the tension of a heated debate in the courtroom."

"Despite our political differences, my family and I have always considered Andy a close friend and colleague, and he will be dearly missed," Cuomo added.

Among his accomplishments as county executive, O'Rourke expanded the Westchester County Airport, the county jail and open space. He also renovated the Westchester County Center and turned a former dump into Croton Point Park.

In the 1980s, he built transitional housing to address the county's homeless population and reliance on motels to house homeless families.

"The Westchester County Center would not be here today if he had not initiated and championed its complete rehabilitation," Astorino said. "The Westchester County Airport might still have a Quonset hut for a terminal if not for him. And our county's North and South County Trailways would probably not exist."

O'Rourke replaced Alfred Del Bellow, who resigned to become lieutenant governor. Andrew Spano, a Democrat, succeeded O'Rourke.

O'Rourke later served as state Supreme Court justice in Rockland and Putnam counties.

"Andy O'Rourke was a great judge, an outstanding county executive and most important, he possessed a warm, funny and generous spirit," former Gov. George Pataki said in a statement. "He brought excellence and integrity to all he did in public life and will be greatly missed."

O'Rourke began his political career as a member of the Yonkers City Council, serving from 1966 to 1973. From 1973 to 1982, he served on the County Board of Legislators, the last four years as chairman.

Known for his wit, O'Rourke ran television spots when he ran for governor featuring himself and a life-sized cardboard cutout of Mario Cuomo, whom O'Rourke tried to portray as the "one-dimensional governor" who refused to come out and debate. O'Rourke took the cutout, which had a constantly moving mouth, with him on campaign appearances, too.

Astorino, who said he often turned to O'Rourke "for his wise counsel and historic perspective," directed flags at county properties to fly at half-staff.

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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What a grand man and a great American, Rest In Peace, Uncle Pat, you've earned it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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I'm sorry for your loss, Papa. I can see why he was such an inspiration to you.
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A progressive republican, suwhheet, harder to find than unicorns...rip uncle Pat
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My condolences Papapang.


An honourable son.
O’Rourke’s son, Andrew P. O’Rourke Jr., said his father was surrounded by friends and family in the weeks before his death. Now it’s time for a celebration of his life, he added.
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O’Rourke’s son, Andrew P. O’Rourke Jr., said his father was surrounded by friends and family in the weeks before his death. Now it’s time for a celebration of his life, he added.
Yes...Andy Jr is right. Time to celebrate a wonderful life. Stop in to Barnesy's this weekend if you can brother.
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My condolences of course and my wish your grandson is as gracious with that wisdom as you.
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Andrew P. O’Rourke, a pragmatic Republican who was chief executive of Westchester County for 14 years and his party’s long-shot nominee in 1986 to challenge the re-election bid of New York’s popular incumbent governor, Mario M. Cuomo, died on Thursday night in the Bronx. He was 79.

His death, at Calvary Hospital, resulted from complications of lung cancer, a friend, William O’Shaughnessey, said. Mr. O’Rourke had also been treated for Parkinson’s disease. He lived in Yorktown, N.Y.

Ruddy-faced and silver-haired, Mr. O’Rourke brought a witty, bantering manner to his performance in government as well as to the campaign trail when he agreed to take on the all-but-hopeless task of unseating Governor Cuomo. He laughed off its seeming futility, saying, “They told Goliath: ‘Don’t worry. It’s only a kid out there.’ ”

When Mr. Cuomo refused to debate him, Mr. O’Rourke brought along a cardboard cutout of the governor to his campaign appearances and debated the effigy. When the cutout failed to draw Mr. Cuomo out, Mr. O’Rourke confronted him on a radio call-in show in Albany. Mr. O’Rourke was the first caller, and a five-minute exchange followed in which he rebuked Mr. Cuomo as arrogant.

The candidates eventually did debate once. Mr. Cuomo won close to two-thirds of the vote on Election Day.

Mr. O’Rourke had the second-longest tenure of any Westchester county executive. (Edwin G. Michaelian had the longest, from 1958 to 1973.) While in office, from 1983 to 1997, he built a new county jail, a recycling plant and a new airport terminal, reopened Rye Playland as a county amusement park, required that welfare recipients go to work to earn their benefits, and presided over the building of permanent shelters for the homeless.

He was able to boast that he had preserved Westchester’s AAA bond rating — for a time the only such rating in the state — and for many years kept taxes stable, though his critics said he depended on budgetary tricks.

Andrew Patrick O’Rourke was born in Plainfield, N.J., on Oct. 26, 1933, the youngest of five children. His father, a doctor, died of tuberculosis when Mr. O’Rourke was not yet 2, and eight years later, his mother went blind. The family had to subsist on welfare, a point that Mr. O’Rourke often mentioned in defending the county’s welfare program, even as he required recipients to work for their benefits.

“I knew it from the inside out, and it’s a terrible place to be,” he said. But he added that too many children in families on welfare assume that “money came in a mailbox,” that “there was no connection to work.”

After the family moved to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, in the West 40s, Mr. O’Rourke delivered fish and worked as an usher in the Paramount Theater on Times Square. For a time, he was a child actor, appearing briefly on Broadway and regularly as a guest on a coast-to-coast radio children’s quiz show.

Mr. O’Rourke graduated from Fordham University, trained as an Air Force bombardier and navigator, received a law degree from Fordham and went into private law practice in Yonkers. Entering Yonkers politics, he served on the City Council and the county’s Board of Legislators. When Alfred B. DelBello, the Democratic county executive, was elected lieutenant governor in 1982, the Legislature selected Mr. O’Rourke to fill the rest of Mr. DelBello’s term.

Supporters regarded him as innovative in letting private companies assume historically public functions. He turned the feeding of county prisoners over to private companies, for example, and enrolled Medicaid recipients in managed care.

Mr. O’Rourke also pursued a side vocation writing adventure fiction, including the novels “The Red Banner Mutiny,” based on a 1975 insurrection aboard a Soviet destroyer, and “Hawkwood,” about a soldier of fortune.

He wound down his career as the senior State Supreme Court justice for Putnam County.

Mr. O’Rourke’s marriage to the former Alice T. McKenna, who died in 2011, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Lowe; three children from his first marriage, Alice, Aileen and Andrew Jr.; and six grandchildren.

His friend Mr. O’Shaughnessey said that former Governor Cuomo phoned Mr. O’Rourke at the hospital about 10 days ago and that the two had a pleasant 20-minute conversation.
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I'm sorry, papa. It sounds like Uncle Pat lived a full life, and did a lot for the people of NY. RIP.
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