Former Floral Park Mayor George Farrell Jr. dies at 93

Former Floral Park Mayor George Farrell Jr. dies at 93
Former Floral Park Mayor George Farrell. (Photo courtesy of Farrell Fritz, P.C.)

George Farrell Jr., the mayor of Floral Park from 1963 to 1965, died on Monday, Dec. 11 in his Sag Harbor home. He was 93. 

Farrell’s service in the village began in January 1963 before being elected mayor in March of that year, Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald said at the beginning of Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting.

A picture of Farrell hangs in the village’s recreation center in front of the village pool, which was being constructed during his term as mayor. 

Born in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sept. 27, 1930, Farrell is a graduate of Xavier High School and Fordham University and earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Farrell was deployed to Japan during the Korean War when he served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1953, Fitzgerald said. 

Farrell was elected to the state Assembly in 1966 and served as a ranking member until 1974.

In 1976, Farrell co-founded the law firm now known as Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, focusing on general business law and maintaining an active presence in the business and banking communities both locally and in the region. 

Farrell Fritz Partner John Barnosky, who grew up in Floral Park, said he had vivid memories of both Farrell’s activity in the village and state.

“It was a good time in Albany, where the highest trait of a legislator was considered more whether you could negotiate the vote of someone on the other side of the aisle to your cause, rather than how much you could humiliate him,” Barnosky said in a statement. “Deals were negotiated on a handshake—and those deals were kept. “

Aside from his legal work, Farrell served on the board of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and was chairman of the board at what is now NYU Langone. 

Farrell is survived by his four children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

“It was clearly a life well lived and he was a dedicated public servant in a number of different facets,” Fitzgerald said. “He did a lot of good things for Floral Park.”

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