The city lowered its flags on Tuesday in honor of former Glen Cove Mayor and New York State Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. DiPaola, who died June 17 at the age of 86.
DiPaola served as Glen Cove Mayor from 1968-72, before serving as Presiding Justice Appellate of the New York State Supreme Court from 1973 until his retirement.
DiPaola was responsible for building the : "His proudest achievement," said Mayor Ralph Suozzi.
Residents reflected on the former mayor's impact on Glen Cove.
"He hired me for my first summer job: public works," said Frank Venturino.
graduate Greg Mathieson, Sr. said he was a young teenager the first time he got to know DiPaola.
"I was doing photography for the City of Glen Cove in my spare time," Mathieson said. "During the summer months when he was running for Nassau County Executive, he took me around the county during campaign stops to take photos for the campaign. Andy was a great man and leader."
Mathieson said that during his teenage years, he freelanced for the Record Pilot, covering the daily news of Glen Cove.
"Andy was my mentor and he and the City Council later honored me by honoring me as the official photographer of the City of Glen Cove during a city council meeting and presenting me a gold badge," he said. "It was a high point of my life before entering the US Army."
Mathieson attributes the success of his career to DiPaola: "Andy's influence got me to where I am today, and for the past 30 years of covering the White House, US Congress and events around the world. He will truly be missed."
Dipaola's family was not available to comment.