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Archive for March, 2013
Communications Director FLGRO
Republican District Leader 49AD
As a Republican District Leader in Brooklyn for the past several years, I have learned of the history of the Republican Party in Brooklyn and the people that helped develop and shape its past firsthand. I am fortunate enough to learn of many prominent Brooklyn Republicans from someone who has had the honor and privilege of working with many great Brooklyn Republicans, the Founder and Chairman of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, and former Republican Assemblyman 49AD, Dr. Arnaldo A. Ferraro. It is with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Angelo Arculeo, former Republican Minority Leader of the City Council and District Leader of the old 49th AD and recall him with fond memories.
Dr. Ferraro recounts his memories of Mr. Arculeo:
“I met Angelo for the first time while he was the Minority Leader if the NYC Council in the early 1980’s, and later when he was the Republican Leader of the 49Ad Republican Club around 1984 when I was looking to run for the Assembly seat in that area. He and his co-leader Esther Gardella, who also passed away some time ago, were instrumental in taking back the 49AD for the Republican Party which had previously been lost to Louis Freda, a Democrat, in an open-seat race. Freda defeated Robert DiCarlo Jr., the son of the esteemed and long time Assemblyman Dominick DiCarlo who resigned and vacated his Assembly seat to become Assistant Secretary of State to President Ronald Regan, and later became a Federal Judge. Dominick DiCarlo Sr. had hoped his son would win his seat and was deeply disappointed with him loosing to a relatively unknown Democrat.
Angelo Arculeo campaigned very actively with me and introduced me to many groups in the area that he knew of from being a Councilman and a District Leader. Angelo was popular and well respected in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and the Bath Beach area, which in the past constituted the old 49th AD, a much more contiguous geographical area at that time. The 49th was then split into four current Assembly Districts: 46, 49, 47, and the 63rd Ads. As the Male and Female District Leaders of one of the most powerful Republican clubs in Brooklyn at that time, when the election of viable Republican candidates was a top priority and Republican unity was proven to be a powerful political force in Brooklyn, Angelo and Esther worked very hard in fulfilling their duties. Because of their hard work, I was able to defeat Louis Freda, an incumbent Democrat, and take back the Assembly seat for the Republican Party in the 49th AD. I am truly grateful to have known such a good man and consider him a great leader of the Brooklyn Republican Party”
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