MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac resident and former Carmel Police Chief Gregory Amato died yesterday, Saturday, April 18, according to Cargain Funeral Home. He was 77.

Mahopac News will have a story honoring Amato, who was beloved in the community, in this coming week's newspaper. 

Amato was honored last month with a proclamation from the Putnam County Legislature for his service to the community.

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Amato served in the Carmel PD for 34 years and retired in 1998 as chief.

He served as a trustee for the Carmel Historical Society and co-authored the historical textbook, “Images of America: Mahopac,” a book he spent 18 months researching with his co-author to create a document that would give researchers and Mahopac residents the ability to gain insight into the history of the town.

Amato also served as one of and Putnam County’s most active volunteers for the American Red Cross, drawing from his professional experience. He orchestrated joint meetings between the local Rotary, Elks and Lions clubs and the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services to create a collaborative plan for all the organizations to work together when emergency shelters are needed.

Amato had been a member of the Lake Mahopac Rotary Club for more than 25 years, where he strived to bring other local organizations together to work as a force for the enhancement of Putnam County.

The ex-chief also gave time to many other community groups and agencies, including the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative Extension, United Way, and the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

The legislature’s proclamation recognized Amato’s “sincere appreciation” for the county and thanked him for his commitment to making it “a great place to call home.”

Amato had been sick and was in hospice care and was unable to attend the March 5 meeting to receive his proclamation. However, Legislature Chair Toni Addonizio said she brought it to him and read it out loud.

“I had the opportunity to bring this to his home and read it to him and he was very touched,” she said. “He said he was so thankful he had the opportunity for people to [be able to] come and visit him.”

Legislator Ginny Nacerino called Amato “an integral part of our Putnam landscape.”

“He’s a wonderful, wonderful man,” she said.

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