Steve Cappiello

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Steve Cappiello
35th Mayor of Hoboken
In office
July 1973 – June 1985
Preceded by Louis DePascale
Succeeded by Thomas Vezzetti
Personal details
Born (1923-05-20)May 20, 1923
Hoboken, New Jersey
Died April 17, 2014(2014-04-17) (aged 90)
Hoboken, New Jersey
Political party Democrat during his political life. Sided with Republicans more frequently in his golden years.
Spouse(s) Dorothy Cappiello
Children Steven Cappiello, Dr. Linda Cappiello, Janet Manocchio
Residence Hoboken, New Jersey
Occupation Police officer

Steve Cappiello (May 20, 1923 - April 17, 2013) was a police officer and American Democratic Party politician who served as the 35th mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey from 1973 until 1985.[1][2] 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 was born on May 20, 1923 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He attended the local public schools, graduated from the Demarest High School. He served in the United States Navy.[1]

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.[1]

In 1963 he served as a councilman for the Hoboken third ward for 10 years before being elected mayor in 1973.[2]

Capiello was elected in May 1973 defeating incumbent mayor DePascale and avoiding a runoff by 84 votes.[3] Capiello was the mayor who laid the groundwork for the development along the Hoboken waterfront, and was credited with helping to turn Hoboken around.[4]

In 1977 his nephew was kidnapped and murdered.[5]

He was a Hudson County freeholder from 1981 to 1984.[2]

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.[6]

On February 17, 2009 Cappiello announced his intention to run for mayor again.[7] He never filed and later endorsed Peter Cammarano.[8] After Cammarano's resignation, Cappiello endorsed Frank Raia in the special election to complete the unfinished term.[9]

He died on April 17, 2013 at Hoboken University Medical Center.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "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. 
  2. ^ a b c Charles Hack (2013-04-22). "Former 3-term Hoboken Mayor Steve Cappiello, 89, laid to rest". Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Democrats Win Two Races for Mayor in New Jersey". Toledo Blade. May 8, 1973. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  4. ^,1858119
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson (2011). Immigrants in Hoboken: One-Way Ticket, 1845-1985. The History Press. ISBN 9781625842152. 
  7. ^ Klein, Daniel (February 17, 2009). "Former Hoboken mayor Steve Cappiello announces he will run again". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Baldwn, Carly (May 27, 2009). "Former Hoboken mayor Steve Cappiello endorses Peter Cammarano". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Clark, Amy Sara (October 16, 2009). "Former Hoboken Mayor Steve Cappiello endorses Frank Raia for mayor". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2010.