Mourning the death of Gregory Amato, former Carmel Police Chief, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 3121


MOURNING the death of Gregory Amato, former Carmel
Police Chief, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to convey its
grateful appreciation and heartfelt regret in recognition of the loss of
a courageous officer who dedicated his purposeful life and career in
faithful service to his family, Putnam County and the Carmel Police
Department; and

WHEREAS, Gregory Amato of Mahopac, New York, died on Saturday, April
18, 2020, at the age of 77; and

WHEREAS, Gregory Amato was born to the late Natale and May (Gregory)
Amato in New York City on September 29, 1942; at the young age of seven,
he and his family moved to Mahopac, and he graduated from high school in
1960; and

WHEREAS, Following in his father's footsteps, Gregory Amato worked
for the Coca-Cola Company in New York City before realizing he wanted to
spend his career helping his local community; in 1964, he joined the
Carmel Police Department, and throughout his tenure, he held every rank
from Patrolman to Chief before retiring in 1998 after 34 years of
service; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his exceptional work with the Carmel Police
Department, Gregory Amato volunteered his time and energies to numerous
worthy organizations including the New York Federation of Police, Lake
Mahopac United Methodist Church, Lake Mahopac Rotary Club, the Putnam
County Cornell Cooperative Extension, United Way, Salvation Army, the
Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce, and the American Red Cross
of Greater New York where he lead the Putnam County Disaster Action
Team; and

WHEREAS, Gregory Amato was also a great local history buff and
served as a trustee for the Carmel Historical Society and co-authored
the historical textbook, Images of America: Mahopac; and

WHEREAS, For his steadfast and unremitting commitment to his
community, Gregory Amato was the recipient of numerous accolades such as
an award from NY VFW District 2 for outstanding contributions to the
veterans in the community, the 2003 Community Service Award from the
Lake Mahopac Rotary Club, the 2005 Marian Iverson Citizenship Award from
the Salvation Army, the 2008 Ruth Dain Voluntary Service Award, and the
2009 American Red Cross of Greater New York's Award for Disaster
Planning and Response, as well as the 2014 Putnam County Historian's
History Publication Award; and

WHEREAS, This remarkable man was also selected as the 1984 Grand
Marshal of the Mahopac Italian American Club's Columbus Day Parade,
named an honorary member of both the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce
and the Brewster Rotary Club, and in 2009, the 4-H Fair was dedicated in

his honor; most recently, he became a six-time Paul Harris Fellow with
Rotary International; and

WHEREAS, Former Chief Gregory Amato's record of unimpeachable
fairness will endure as an inspiration and living legacy to all who had
the privilege and honor of knowing him; and

WHEREAS, The family of former Chief Gregory Amato, including his
loving wife of 39 years, Margery, one son, Christopher, and two
daughters, Laura and Angela, as well as the members of the Carmel Police
Department, and the citizens of New York, have lost a devoted husband,
father and friend, as well as an eminent police officer and loyal
friend; he was recognized as a pillar within his community, always
seeking to build the firmest foundations upon which Putnam County, New
York State and our Nation will continue to grow and prosper; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gregory Amato, former Carmel Police Chief, distinguished citizen
and devoted member of his community; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Gregory Amato.


  • 22 / Apr / 2020
  • 27 / May / 2020
  • 27 / May / 2020

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