Mourning the death of The Honorable Angelo John Ingrassia, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of The Honorable Angelo John
Ingrassia, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, The State of New York is deeply saddened by the loss of its
esteemed residents and distinguished public servants; and
WHEREAS, Born in Brooklyn, New York on March 23, 1923, to the late
Frank and Adrianna Desiderio Ingrassia, Judge Angelo Ingrassia died on
Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the age of 89; and
WHEREAS, Angelo Ingrassia attended St. Joseph's School in Middletown
before graduating from Middletown High School in 1939 where he played
football and became a lifelong "Middie"; he earned his Bachelor of
Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Virginia Polytech-
nic Institute; and
WHEREAS, Angelo Ingrassia then entered military service with the
United States Army in 1943 and obtained the rank of First Lieutenant; a
veteran of World War II, he served as a tank unit commander leading a
platoon with the 8th Armored Division in the European Theater of Oper-
ations; and
WHEREAS, Lieutenant Ingrassia and his division actively participated
in major campaigns, including Central Europe, Rhineland and Ardennes;
they also participated in the liberation of slave labor camps estab-
lished under the Nazi regime; and
WHEREAS, After World War II, with the unconditional surrender of Nazi
Germany in May of 1945, Lieutenant Ingrassia served as an economics
officer with the Office of Military Government for Bavaria, serving in
that capacity until he was honorably discharged in 1946; and
WHEREAS, Upon his return home, Angelo Ingrassia entered Albany Law
School at Union University where he graduated with an L.L.B. in 1949; he
was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1950 and became associated
with the Middletown law firm of Bull Morreale & Ingrassia; and
WHEREAS, In 1952, Angelo Ingrassia became an assistant district attor-
ney in Orange County, and rose to the rank of chief assistant district
attorney from 1957-1966; he worked beside his best friend and mentor,
the late Justice Abraham Isseks; and
WHEREAS, In 1967, Angelo Ingrassia was elected district attorney of
Orange County; he served as president of the New York State District
Attorneys Association in 1968 and later as a director of the National
District Attorneys Association from 1968-1970; and
WHEREAS, In 1971, Angelo Ingrassia was appointed County Court Judge by
the late Nelson D. Rockefeller; he won an election to a full 10-year
term later that year; he served as an Orange County Court Judge until
1982 when he won a seat as a Supreme Court Justice of the 9th Judicial
District (Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties;
WHEREAS, In 1990, Judge Angelo Ingrassia was appointed Chief Adminis-
trative Judge of the 9th Judicial District where he oversaw the daily
operations of all Supreme, County, Family and City Courts in the 9th
Judicial District; he remained in that post until 1999, and was also
appointed Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court Appel-
late Term for the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts serving in that capac-
ity from 1988-1999; and
WHEREAS, Retiring from the bench in December of 1999 due to his having
reached the mandatory retirement age, Judge Angelo Ingrassia practiced
law from 2000 up until the time of his death with the law firm of
Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia and Tetenbaum, LLP where he served as "of
counsel" and where he enjoyed working with his son, John; and

WHEREAS, Judge Angelo Ingrassia served as a Special Master to the U.S.
District Court, Southern District of New York on various occasions from
2001-2006; he was a member of the Howells Fire Department and the
Middletown Elks Club Lodge 1097 where he was Past Exalted Ruler; in
addition, he was a life-long member of the American Legion Post 151 and
a member of the Orange County Golf Club for more than 60 years; and
WHEREAS, Judge Angelo Ingrassia is survived by his wife, Judith, their
children, Maria, Frank, Anthony (Shanon), and John (Annette), and their
grandchildren, Allison, Sara, Shelby, and Chloe, as well as many cous-
ins, nieces and nephews; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Angelo John Ingrassia leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of The Honorable Angelo John Ingrassia, distinguished
citizen and devoted member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of The Honorable Angelo John Ingrassia.


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