Thursday, May 9, 2019


Labor advocate Wilcox dies


MIDDLETOWN – Labor advocate Arthur Wilcox has died following a brief illness. The Middletown resident passed away Tuesday night at age 68.

For the last more than eight years, Wilcox was an organized labor lobbyist for a number of police and fire unions including in Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. Prior to that, he was director of the Public Employee Division of the New York State AFL-CIO and was president of the Newburgh City career firefighters union, Local 589 International Association of Firefighters for 12 years.

He also served on the Stewart Airport Commission.

Todd Diorio, president of the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, worked closely with Wilcox.

“He was a very good advocate for organized labor and we have worked with him over the last couple of years on a lot of workers’ comp issues and he has always been there for the working man and woman,” Diorio said.

Orange County Undersheriff Kenneth Jones was a close friend of Wilcox. “Artie was a huge influence in my life and my career,” he said. “I loved him.”


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