Resolution J1405-2013

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



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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