John Zuccotti dies; former New York City deputy mayor was 78

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Former Deputy Mayor John Zuccotti, 78, dies after brief illness.

John Zuccotti, a former deputy mayor who was instrumental in helping the city navigate the 1970s fiscal crisis, died Thursday night after a brief illness. Zuccotti, the real estate investor, civic leader and park namesake who championed the revival of lower Manhattan after 9/11, has died at the age of 78.

In 2006, a private park owned by Brookfield Asset Management that was damaged on 9/11 was restored and renamed in honor of Zuccotti. “John was a great inspiration, friend and mentor to all who he touched at Brookfield, just as he was with countless New Yorkers throughout his long and storied career”, Ric Clark, Brookfield’s head of real estate, wrote in a letter to the company’s employees. NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio added that “after the tragic terror attacks on September 11, 2001, John was a powerful voice for the revitalization of downtown Manhattan, overseeing the regrowth of Liberty Park.” “I turned to John often for advice, and he would often share his stories of guiding the city in tough times.

Beame from 1975 to 1977, playing a critical role in saving the city from collapse during the fiscal crisis, according to a biography provided by Brookfield. Zuccotti had spent the past 25 years at Brookfield Property Group, where he was chairman of global operations, but continued serving the public in various roles in government. “John was an extraordinary man, a great personal friend and a great public servant,” said Mortimer B. Cuomo said. “Over the course of a career that spanned both government and the private sector, he worked tirelessly to improve the communities around him. The park’s renaming to Zuccotti Park in 2006 is a fitting and lasting memorial for John’s compassionate and tireless efforts to rebuild and fortify our city in its gravest time of need. Zuccotti was perhaps best known in recent years for the half-acre park in Lower Manhattan that was named after him, where Occupy Wall Street protesters encamped in 2011.

He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.” Zuccotti was chair of the board of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, a member of Gov. With gas generators and other things there, we don’t want anybody to get hurt.” According to the New York Post, Zuccotti and his wife Susan, a prominent Holocaust historian, have lived in the same home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, for decades. He died Thursday, according to Ashley Baldev, a spokeswoman at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where Zuccotti was of counsel in the New York-based law firm’s real-estate department. Beame, Commissioner and then Chairman of the City Planning Commission under Mayor John Lindsay, on committees to improve public welfare under Mayor Ed Koch and Governor Hugh Carey, as well as at the U.S.

Millstein said, “the greatest disappointment in life was that he didn’t want to become mayor and he didn’t for the best of reasons: his loyalty to Beame. He was a voice of reason when New York City was on the brink of financial collapse in the 1970s, and a driving force for rebuilding in the aftermath of September 11th. Once, making the case for sound city planning, he told the story of a chicken and a pig admiring a window display of colored eggs flanking a garnished ham. He graduated from La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1959 and a law degree from Yale before becoming a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Zuccotti worked as an urban planner in Venezuela for Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Joint Center for Urban Studies, and as a special assistant to Robert C.

He returned to New York to form a law firm with Peter Tufo, Mayor Lindsay’s representative in Washington, and moved to Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn — the kind of neighborhood, he said later, that made up “the heart, the guts of the city.” When a Brooklyn seat on the Planning Commission opened, he was recommended by Deputy Mayor Richard R. Zuccotti wearily replied, “We’re aware of the problem, and we’re working now on getting rid of the seven million people.” “He was largely responsible for the city’s survival,” Howard J. Koch’s offer to be schools chancellor but relished his appointment in 1982 as a labor arbitrator by Richard Ravitch, head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and John E. Indeed, his necktie was emblazoned with tiny profiles of Don Quixote. “I knew this job would be very tough when I took it, and it has been,” he said after serving for nine months. “But I also figured that the only place the city could go was up, which it has.”

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