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Former City Councilman Walter McCaffrey Dies

Democrat Represented Parts Of Queens From 1985 Until 2001
City Hall in Lower Manhattan (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

City Hall in Lower Manhattan (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former long-serving New York City Councilman Walter McCaffrey has died at the age of 64.

Mr. McCaffrey died Wednesday morning at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to longtime friend Martin McLaughlin. He had recently been ill, but the nature of his disease was not specified.

Mr. McCaffrey, a Democrat, served in the City Council from 1985 until 2001. He represented the 26th District, which includes parts of the Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside sections of Queens.

He counted among his successes legislation that banned or restricted adult entertainment venues from residential neighborhoods.

Mr. McCaffrey also wrote legislation that mandated security cameras at automated teller machines.

After leaving public office, he started a lobbying firm, McCaffrey Group. Among its issues was the fight against congestion pricing.

Mr. McCaffrey was born and raised in Woodside.

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