Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato's funeral set for Tuesday at Haverstraw funeral home
HAVERSTRAW — A private family service is planned Tuesday for Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, who died Wednesday morning at his home at age 61.
Family will gatherer at a Haverstraw funeral home for a mass, Piperato's brother John said Friday. He said he and other family members have been overwhelmed with gratitude and respect for the public outpouring of condolences for his brother.
"This is a great tribute to Paul," he said.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Piperato, a Haverstraw Democrat, won election to his first four-year term as county clerk in November 2005. He would have been up for a fifth term in November 2021. He spent 16 years starting in 1989 as a deputy county clerk for the late Edward Gorman and served eight years on the Haverstraw Town Board, being elected in 1997.
Piperato is remembered for his dedication to the community. He was active in numerous non-profits, whether cooking for People to People to working with ARC and Jawonio. He also strongly advocated for the NAACP and the Rockland Pride Center, advocating for the LGBTQ community.
The accolades poured in from political colleagues, non-profit agencies and civil rights leaders.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧"We lost a friend in social justice," Nyack NAACP President Frances Pratt said of Piperato. "He supported the NAACP to the max. It will take a lot of doing to fill his shoes. We’re going to miss him dearly.”
Jawonio Executive Director Jill Warner said "Rockland County has lost a humble voice of conscience, compassion and humanity" and "there are no words to express the shock and sorrow of the Jawonio Family upon hearing of the passing of Paul Piperato."
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧She said Piperato and his wife Flora had active with Jawonio for more than 30 years. The Piperatos have three daughters, Nicole, Jamie and Danielle, and a grandchild.
"Every action of Paul embodied what community actually means," Warner said. "He was kind, giving, caring, compassionate, smart, a hometown hero, passionate advocate for the under-served ... "
Special procession for Piperato
Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips said the Town Board members has asked the public to join them Saturday at 1:30 pm at North Rockland High School for a procession of vehicles that will drive past Paul Piperato's house.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧A graduate of North Rockland High School in 1976, Piperato received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill. He got started in government in 1988 as a budget examiner in the Rockland County Finance Department.
Diane Serratore, executive director of People to People, said Piperato's "compassion for others brought him to champion the work of many of Rockland’s nonprofits, including People to People. Paul was always willing to pitch in."
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Piperado's death drew condolences from County Executive Ed Day and county legislators.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Legislator Michael Grant, D-Haverstraw, was longtime friends with Piperato. Both grew up in North Rockland and with their wives, often attended events and traveled together.
“It’s not possible to sum up the life of a person who gave so much - as a public servant, a seasoned political leader, a devoted husband and father, a community supporter and to me, the best of friends," Grant said. "There is a hole in the heart of Haverstraw and Rockland County."
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Legislator Toney Earl,D-Hillcrest, frequently attended the naturalization ceremonies led by Piperato, who annually swore in hundreds of people as new U.S. citizens.
“He always inspired people to do their best, to follow their dreams and to contribute to the greater good," Earl said. "That’s how he himself lived.”
Legislature Minority Leader Lon Hofstein said Piperato put actions behind his words when supporting nonprofit organizations.
“Paul not only showed up for their events, he also used his respected reputation to get others to support the organizations, often promoting them on his social media account,” Hofstein said. “He put his time, his money and his good name on the line and was happy to do it. He was a role model to us all. He was a good man and someone I was blessed enough to call friend.”
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧As county clerk, Piperato continued Gorman's efforts to modernize the office, including transitioning the storage of documents from paper files, which remain, to a computer imaging system. He helped create a website offering online access to records, downloadable forms and user-friendly information on application procedures and requirements.
幸运飞艇4码选号技巧Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe, D-Montebello, said Piperato made the office more consumer-friendly, "adjusting office hours to accommodate the public, creating a mobile passport office, and in partnership with local businesses and veterans, he created the FAVOR program to provide discounts to residents who served our country."
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