YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Community and Cultural Center has been renamed in memory of former Town Supervisor Albert. A Capellini, who died on April 12 at the age of 75.
Though he retired from politics nearly four decades ago, Capellini, a land-use attorney, remained a presence at town hall, representing many high-profile developments. He was also involved in several Yorktown-based charity organizations, serving as president of the Yorktown Lions Club and Jack DeVito Foundation, and co-founding Circolo da Vinci.
The Town Board unanimously adopted a resolution at its June 26 work session, renaming the building as the Albert A. Capellini Community and Cultural Center. The building was officially dedicated as such on Sunday, prior to the opening show of the Lions Club Summer Concert Series, which is also dedicated in Capellini’s memory.
“Al was a man who was committed to the growth of Yorktown on many levels, through community, through charity and through culture,” said Councilman Ed Lachterman, a member of the Lions Club. “His legacy in Yorktown should not only be respected but remembered and used as a lesson for how someone should lead their life.”
Though on opposite ends of the political aisle, Lachterman, elected in 2015, said it was Capellini who pushed him to run for town council.
“Al saw people for people, especially in today’s world where things are so divided by beliefs on a political spectrum,” Lachterman said. “He would always look for the best people to lead the town, no matter what their political party or affiliate was.”
Supervisor Ilan Gilbert said it was always the plan to name something in town for Capellini. A few ideas were thrown around, he said, such as the podium in town hall or the garden at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. But, Gilbert said, he wanted something a bit more prominent.
“I have some very strong feelings for Al and we wanted to do the right thing,” Gilbert said.
Capellini’s son, Jeff, said his family is “thrilled” by the “tremendous honor.” He said his father was a humble man, but would have grown to appreciate the recognition.
“He was a very honest man who was really all about doing the right thing,” Jeff Capellini said. “I know that’s cliché, but he really was that way.”
The Albert A. Capellini Community and Cultural Center is located at 1974 Commerce St. The former Yorktown Central School district building was donated to the town decades ago.
Jeff Capellini said it’s fitting that the building was chosen due to its close proximity to Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field, named for one of Capellini’s best friends.