Longtime civil servant Vincent “Vinny” Bettina dies


CITY OF WAPPINGER – Vincent “Vinny” Bettina, a long-time town councilor for the town of Wappinger before becoming the town’s director of roads, died on Tuesday morning. City supervisor Richard Thurston ordered the town hall flag to be lowered.

Bettina began serving the city when he was elected to city council in 1996 as a City Councilor for the Second Ward.

According to a statement released by the city, Bettina was instrumental in purchasing the Carnwath Farms historic site and park for open space, advocating for the veterans’ cause and working to provide water for the town in the hamlet of Chelsea.

Longtime Wappinger official Vinny Bettina.

He served on the board of directors until 2015, when he was appointed to fill a vacant position as superintendent of roads; he was then elected later that year. Bettina worked to streamline services and road projects until the end of her service in 2019.

Vincent Bettina has also served his community as a member of the Board of Education of the Beacon City School Board, president of the New York State Builder’s Association and many other organizations.

He was born and raised in the hamlet of Chelsea and lived in the town on Osborne Hill Road.

He is survived by his fiancée Susan and his sister, City Councilor Angela Bettina.

The city statement also said: “On behalf of Supervisor Richard L. Thurston, Senior Councilor William H. Beale, Councilor Christopher Phillips, City Councilor Al Casella, City Clerk Joseph P. Paoloni, Superintendent of Highways Michael J. Sheehan, Municipal Judge Carl Wolfson, Municipal Judge Heather Kitchen, County Legislator Joseph D. Cavaccini, County Legislator Lisa Paoloni and all officers and employees of the Town of Wappinger; we send our condolences to City Councilor Angela Bettina and the rest of the Bettina family during this time. Rest in peace Vinny. We will miss you.”


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