Former Schenectady Mayor Frank Duci dies

April 30, 2019 03:31 PM

SCHENECTADY – At the corner of Seneca St. and Avenue A in the Goose Hill section of the city, there are four small signs at the intersection now known as “Frank Duci Plaza.” There’s a tan and brown house that was once Duci’s but is now an overgrown duplex.

This morning, a woman who lives a few doors up, on the opposite side of the road, remembered Duci fondly, calling him a nice man.  
Duci succeeded Malcolm Ellis as Mayor of Schenectady from 1972-1983, then lost to Karen Johnson, the first and only female mayor of the city. He came back and won in 1991 and served from 1992-95. Republican Al Jurcyzinski began the first of his two terms in 1996. Retired, Duci died Sunday at his home in Florida at age 97.


"Frank was his old, true self,” recalled former Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton, now head of the NYS Canal Corporation. He visited Duci back in December. “The mind still sharp as ever, the sense of humor there and that trademark iron vice handshake grip with those large hands that he always laid on you. So it was great to see him."

Current Mayor Gary McCarthy released a statement on Duci’s passing:

"…Frank was a passionate public servant who loved the people of Schenectady. He was a potent force in our community and his legacy continues to have a lasting impact on the structure of our city government. My deepest condolences are with the Duci family as we mourn the longest-serving mayor of our great City.”

State Senator Jim Tedisco, who served as a city councilman with Mayor Duci, also issued a statement:

"…Mayor Duci was a public servant dynamo and a juggernaut in and of himself when it came to standing up for what he believed was in the best interest of those he represented in his many years of dedicated public service.

“In serving as a city councilman for 5 years with him as Mayor, I can say no other public servant I served with since has illustrated his or her love more for their community, and in Frank's case, the City of Schenectady, or fought harder for what they believed was in the people's best interest, than Mayor Frank Duci.  Frank was a tireless worker who never backed down from a challenge or a debate. He was diminutive in size but larger than life as a public servant.

“In my mind, Frank Duci is and always will be the people's MAYOR!!! My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those who remember him fondly. May he Rest in Peace!"

Funeral arrangements are still being made.


WNYT Staff

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