LEWISBORO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Westchester County executive and New York state lieutenant governor Alfred DelBello has died.

DelBello’s wife, Dee DelBello, said he died Friday at the age of 80.

Alfred DelBello, a Democrat, began his political career on the Yonkers City Council and became mayor in 1970. He was elected county executive in 1973, the first Democrat to hold the office. He was re-elected in 1977 and 1981.

While he was county executive, the Westchester County Medical Center and a major recycling plant were established. A county agency for women was created.

In 1982, New York City Mayor Ed Koch ran for governor and chose DelBello as his running mate. Koch lost to Mario Cuomo in the Democratic primary, but DelBello won his primary and was elected with Cuomo.

DelBello resigned in 1985, and took on work as an attorney in the private sector, according to published reports.

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