Former Councilman Al Stabile died over the weekend, Councilman Eric Ulrich announced Saturday.
Stabile, 68, represented the 32nd Council District from 1994 through 2001 and made an unsuccessful run for Queens borough president before being term limited out of office.
Flags were lowered at City Hall on Saturday to commemorate Stabile, who grew up in East New York and later moved to Ozone Park. Ulrich has served in the same City Council seat since 2009.
“Al Stabile was a passionate and dedicated public servant who always put the community first,” Ulrich said in a statement. “I grew up watching and admiring his career in politics. Al was a great councilman as well as a loyal and loving friend. Our city is a better place today because of him.”
Stabile graduated from John Adams High School in Jamaica and attended York College and the University of Maryland. He enlisted in the army in 1967 and served as a sergeant during the Vietnam War. Stabile, who was active in several philanthropic causes, received numerous humanitarian awards including a Man of the Year honor by the Boy Scouts of America in 1992 and the same honor from the Special Olympic Organization in 1993.
A wake will be held at James Romanelli Funeral Home in Ozone Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 3 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m.