Honorius Causa Recipient at 99th Commencement Ceremony

Fri, 05/15/2015

Honorius Causa Recipient

Hon. Joseph M. Delfino

Former Mayor, White Plains, NY


A native and life-long White Plains resident, and a long-time friend of The College of Westchester, Joe Delfino served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He also spent 30 years serving in local government, including 10 years on the White Plains Common Council, then representing White Plains on the County Board of Legislators, and, most notably, as Mayor for 12 years. He is credited with spearheading the transformation of White Plains from a city that went to sleep at 5 PM to a vibrant hub of activity, through brokering and negotiating deals resulting in residential and commercial properties such as the City Center, Ritz Carlton and Jefferson Place. Also during his tenure, the city gained over 43 acres of parkland. A son of immigrants, Mr. Delfino never forgot his roots, as evidenced by the support he gave to the city’s immigrant population in the form of respect and services. He has been a champion for diversity, relishing the four annual ethnic parades initiated during his tenure, and enjoying positive relationships with all the religious institutions in White Plains.


In addition, he was one of the first signatories of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Control Agreement, which instituted local energy saving practices. More than physical enhancement of the city’s downtown, Mayor Delfino’s career has been distinguished by his encyclopedic knowledge of White Plains and his personal relations with thousands of residents. He tirelessly attends civic, community and neighborhood activities and has been a loyal supporter of White Plains Public Schools. He has served as President of the New York State Conference of Mayors and received numerous awards including an honorary degree from Pace University.

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