Angelo "Arkie" Albanese, longtime Manlius mayor and community figure, died today Wednesday July 15.
Arkie served 25 years as the village mayor following 12 years as a village trustee. He also served as chairman for the Town of Manlius Republican Committee for many years during a time when the committee was mostly comprised of seasoned politicians. He ardently encouraged young people to get involved in politics.
According to former Manlius Town Supervisor Hank Chapman, he said he would have never had the political opportunities presented him without the help of who would become his greatest mentor.
"He was the absolute best," Chapman said.
Arkie was named grand marshall for this year's Manlius Village July 4 parade along with former mayors Ed Lowenstein and Rick Penhall. They rode together during the parade and Arkie, who seemed frail, left as soon as the parade was over.
The village named 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., which leads to the Manlius Village Centre, after the beloved mayor approximately seven years ago. The action was a tribute to him after he finished his last term in office.
Angelo "Arkie" Albanese, 85, of Manlius, passed away on Wednesday. He was the owner of Gruens Restaurant in Syracuse and Manlius and co-owned Tobin's Restaurant in Fairmount. Arkie managed Stonecrest Country Club and Cavalry Club, as well as the Skaneateles and Lafayette country clubs.
He was a communicant of St. Ann's Church in Manlius. Arkie was the former commander of the American Legion Post 141 in Manlius, the former deputy district governor of the Lions Club and a charter member of the Manlius Lions Club. He was the former mayor of Manlius having served for 25 years, prior to that he served as a village trustee for 12 years. Arkie served with the US Navy during World War II.