Frank Esposito (politician)

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Frank J. Esposito
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 137th district
In office
1981–1987
Preceded by Andrew Glickson
Succeeded by Sally Bolster
37th Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
In office
1987–2001
Preceded by William A. Collins
Succeeded by Alex Knopp
Personal details
Born (1928-03-24)March 24, 1928[1][2]
Bronx, New York
Died January 9, 2013(2013-01-09) (aged 84)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Resting place St. John's Cemetery,
Norwalk, Connecticut
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Louise Stroffolino
Children Frank L. Esposito, Peggy Belline
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sgt. 1st class
Battles/wars Korean War

Frank J. Esposito (born March 24, 1928, Bronx, New York — died Norwalk, January 9, 2013) was the mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut for seven terms, from 1987 to 2001, the longest serving mayor in the city's history. He also served four terms from 1981 to 1987 in the Connecticut House of Representatives, including as Assistant Majority Leader and Minority Leader.

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in Bronx, New York, the fourth of five children of Frank R. Esposito and Mary Zecola Esposito. At the age of 12, he moved to Norwalk with his family and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1946 where he was an accomplished football player.[2] He was married to Louise Stroffolino, the niece of State Senator Stanley Stroffolino, on January 27, 1951.[1][2]

Esposito served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Sgt. 1st class.[3] After being discharged, he learned about radio and television engineering at the RCA Institute in New York. He worked for a time at the DuMont Television Network,[2] and was the owner of a grocery store and delicatessen in Norwalk for over 25 years.[3]

Political career[edit]

Esposito began his political career in 1970, as an appointed member of the Norwalk Housing Authority. He then was elected to two terms on Norwalk's Common Council. He served four terms from 1981 to 1987 in the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing Connecticut's 137th assembly district, including as Assistant Majority Leader and Minority Leader.[3] In 1987, Esposito resigned from the legislature to run for mayor of Norwalk.[1][3]

Mayoral administration[edit]

Esposito's seven terms from 1987 to 2001 was the longest mayoral administration in the city's history.[3] His accomplishments as mayor included building a parking garage for rail commuters, raising the city's bond rating to the top AAA, leading the effort for a $50 million upgrade to Norwalk's sewage treatment plant, moving the Department of Public Work's garage from Matthews Park to make room for a children's museum and playground, designating a new site for the Norwalk Police Department, closing the conspicuously visible city dump, and supporting the creation of The Maritime Aquarium at a time when it wasn't that popular.[4]

Death[edit]

He died on January 9, 2013 of cancer, and he was buried at St. John's Cemetery in Norwalk.[1]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Andrew Glickson
Connecticut House of Representatives
137th Assembly District

1981 – 1987
Succeeded by
Sally Bolster
Preceded by
William A. Collins
Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut
1987 – 2001
Succeeded by
Alex Knopp