|35th Mayor of Hoboken|
July 1973 – June 1985
|Preceded by||Louis DePascale|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Vezzetti|
May 20, 1923|
Hoboken, New Jersey
|Died||April 17, 2014
Hoboken, New Jersey
|Political party||Democrat during his political life. Sided with Republicans more frequently in his golden years.|
|Children||Steven Cappiello, Dr. Linda Cappiello, Janet Manocchio|
|Residence||Hoboken, New Jersey|
Steve Cappiello (May 20, 1923 - April 17, 2013) was a retired police officer and American Democratic Party politician who served as the 35th mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey from 1973 until 1985. Cappiello served as a city councilman from 1963 until his election as mayor, and again after completing his three terms. He also served on the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1981 to 1984, when he lost his re-election bid to Republican Roger Dorian.
He served for 13 years in the Hoboken police department, where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He founded and was the treasurer of the Hoboken Municipal Employees Credit Union.
In 1963 he served as a councilman for the Hoboken third ward for 10 years before being elected mayor in 1973.
Capiello was elected in May 1973 defeating incumbent mayor DePascale and avoiding a runoff by 84 votes. Capiello was the mayor who laid the groundwork for the development along the Hoboken waterfront, and was credited with helping to turn Hoboken around.
In 1977 his nephew was kidnapped and murdered.
In 1985, Cappiello narrowly lost the mayoral election to Thomas Vezzetti. Capiello's support for gentrification and his attribution of several arsons to a purported tradition of Puerto Rican revenge burnings resulted in many Puerto Rican residents voting for Vezetti.
On February 17, 2009 Cappiello announced his intention to run for mayor again. He never filed and later endorsed Peter Cammarano. After Cammarano's resignation, Cappiello endorsed Frank Raia in the special election to complete the unfinished term.
- "Former Hoboken Mayor Steve Cappiello Dies". Jersey Journal. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
Former Hoboken Mayor and Councilman Steve Cappiello died yesterday at Hoboken University Medical Center, Failla Memorial Home has confirmed.
- Charles Hack (2013-04-22). "Former 3-term Hoboken Mayor Steve Cappiello, 89, laid to rest". Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "Democrats Win Two Races for Mayor in New Jersey". Toledo Blade. May 8, 1973. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- "Slaying Suspect Held". New York Times. July 2, 1977. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
... was charged with the murder of the 19-year-old nephew of the Hoboken Mayor, Steve Cappiello, according to authorities.
- Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson (2011). Immigrants in Hoboken: One-Way Ticket, 1845-1985. The History Press. ISBN 9781625842152.
- Klein, Daniel (February 17, 2009). "Former Hoboken mayor Steve Cappiello announces he will run again". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
- Baldwn, Carly (May 27, 2009). "Former Hoboken mayor Steve Cappiello endorses Peter Cammarano". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
- Clark, Amy Sara (October 16, 2009). "Former Hoboken Mayor Steve Cappiello endorses Frank Raia for mayor". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010.