Thomas Vezzetti

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Thomas Vezzetti
33rd Mayor of Hoboken
In office
Preceded by Steve Cappiello
Succeeded by Patrick Pasculli
Personal details
Born 1928
Died March 2, 1988
Residence Hoboken, New Jersey

Thomas F. Vezzetti (1928 – March 2, 1988) was the 33rd mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, and served as mayor from 1985 until his death in 1988.

Vezzetti was born in Bradley Beach, New Jersey along with his twin sister, Louise.[1]

In the 1985 Hoboken mayoral election, Thomas Vezzetti narrowly defeated Steve Cappiello, who had been the mayor of Hoboken since 1973. Vezzetti got 6,990 votes and Cappiello got 6,647 votes in the 1985 election, which put Vezzetti in the mayor's office. The New York Daily News called Vezzetti "The Wackiest Mayor in America"[2] because of the odd things he did, like reporting a car stolen that ended up exactly where he had last parked it two months earlier. Vezetti was known for eccentric behavior such as wearing mismatched shoes, and carrying all his belongings in two paper bags.[3]

On March 2, 1988, Vezzetti suffered from a heart attack and died at Hoboken's St. Mary Hospital.[4] Patrick Pasculli succeeded him as the Mayor of Hoboken.[4] A street is named after Vezzetti, which runs parallel to Observer Highway.


  1. ^ "Thomas Vezzetti, 59, Hoboken Mayor, Dies". The New York Times. 1988-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ Welch, Matt (2009-06-01). "Hiking in Hoboken: revolting property taxes". Reason. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Vezzetti, Colorful Mayor of Hoboken, N.J., Dies". Los Angeles Times. 1988-03-03. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Some 'ego' or another will make it a race". The Jersey Journal. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 


March 28, 2005; 150 Years of Hoboken Anniversary Journal (A publication of the Hoboken Reporter); pp. 59-60