Alati Honored In Newark Ceremony


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John Alati’s widow, Linda-Gail Alati (far right) with the plaque.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. dedicated a bronze plaque in Newark on Wednesday to honor the late John M. Alati. A long-time resident of Verona, Alati passed away in January.

Alati was deeply involved in Essex County’s civic and cultural life. He was the director of the Essex County Improvement Authority; executive director, Essex County Democratic Committee; and the chief of staff of former Essex County Executive Nick Amato, among other positions.

He then went on to co-found the entertainment production company LaGuardia and Associates, which organized summer concerts throughout New Jersey. Alati was very active in Italian American organizations, including UNICO National and Verona UNICO.

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In addition to Alati, Essex County also recognized the late Wynona Moore Lipman, the first female African American to serve in the state Senate; the late Casto Maldonado, president and CEO of FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development; and the late Calvin D. West, the first African American to serve as an at-large councilman in Newark. The plaques will be located along Essex County Legends Way at the Essex County Government Complex in Newark.

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