WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Muscoot Farm in Somers will be named after former Westchester County Executive Alfred DelBello, according to an announcement Thursday night at the Westchester County Association’s Fall Leadership Dinner.
County Executive Rob Astorino said the farm, which is owned and operated by the county, will be named after DelBello, who served as Westchester County Executive from 1974-1982. DelBello died May 15 at the age of 80.
Muscoot Farm is an early-1900s interpretive farm that is open year-round and offers a full schedule of programs for families, as well as group tours, farmyard visits and hayrides by reservation.
More than seven miles of hiking trails allow visitors to explore some of Muscoot's 777 acres through fields, woodlands and wetlands.
Muscoot Farm was originally a privately-owned farm and used as the family’s summer estate and dairy farm from 1880 to 1924. In 1924 the family moved to the farm year-round and continued the dairy business until 1967 when Westchester County acquired the property.
DelBello, a Lewisboro resident who also served as Mayor of Yonkers and Lieutenant Governor to Mario Cuomo, is credited with bringing to Westchester County a business climate that has transformed the county.
“Al made this county great,’’ said Bill Mooney, the Westchester County Association President and CEO and a friend of DelBello’s. “He made it one of the most attractive places in the United States to live. We’ve had a long run as a great county because of Al. With all the companies and economic development he brought in, he never lost sight of the social issues. That’s a wonderful combination. That’s what made him such a great leader for Westchester.”
Mooney paid special tribute to DelBello at Thursday’s dinner, which brought together business leaders from the county and honored leaders in a number of industries.
DelBello spent 20 years in politics, becoming the state's lieutenant governor after leaving the county executive's office.
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