Andrew O’Rourke, who served as Westchester County Executive from 1983 to 1997, died Thursday night at the age of 79. He passed away at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx following a long illness.
During his time as county executive, O’Rourke expanded a number of things, including the county’s airport, jail and open space. He also created Croton Point Park from what used to be a dump. He worked toward creating housing for the homeless population in order to both lend them a hand and cut back on reliance on motels for such housing.
O’Rourke ran for governor against Mario Cuomo in 1986 and after serving as county executive, worked as a state Supreme Court justice in both Rockland and Westchester counties. His political career began in 1966 when served as a member of the Yonkers City Council. He earned high praise from both Governor Andrew Cuomo and former governor George Pataki.
Flags were flown at half-staff at Westchester County properties in memory of him.