TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Long-time Newburgh Town Clerk Andrew Zarutskie died Tuesday afternoon. He was 69.
Zarutskie suffered from diabetes and a heart condition.
The popular town official served for much of his career as press secretary to former Congressman Benjamin Gilman.
Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio was saddened by his passing.
“The whole town is morning the loss of Andy. He was a great public servant, very knowledgeable. Always tended to the needs of the public and it’s truly sad that he passed today. It will be a great loss.”
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt said Zarutskie was “well known throughout the region” for his government career. “A man who earned the distinction ‘institution’ – he knew and was known by all. Andy’s support and friendship over the years has always meant a lot to me and will be missed.”
In 1994, Zarutskie had his three days of national fame, appearing on Jeopardy. He won twice.