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Armand Miele, Newspaper Publisher, Real Estate Developer, Dies at Age 84

Miele long active in Rockland County politics.

Armand Miele, longtime Rockland County Times publisher  - recently publisher emeritus - businessman and real estate developer, and influential voice in Rockland politics died on Tuesday, March 5. He was 84.

Miele was principal owner of the Rockland County Times since 1998, moving the offices to downtown Nanuet, where his real estate office was located. During his tenure the newspaper became the only county-wide weekly newspaper with a paid circulation and one well-known for breaking inside stories on Rockland politics.

As a public voice he led a movement to remove the Ramapo toll from the New York State Thruway, headed a project with then-Legislator Frank Fornario, R-Orangetown, to speed up and cut costs on the Rockland County Courthouse construction, long fought against MTA taxes and the authority’s jurisdiction over Rockland County, and helped to form the Village of Montebello, among many other accomplishments.

In the 1990s, Miele ran for state Assembly and town supervisor and was the 1997 Right to Life candidate for Rockland County county executive.

In 2011, he was named Italian-American of the Year by the Rockland County Columbus Association and released a memoir “Born Minus: From Shoeshine Boy to News Publisher, an Italian-American Journey,” which included his life story and dozens of his popular Miele’s Musings editorials from the Rockland County Times.

During his career as a developer Miele built up much of Main Street in Nanuet and many notable projects in the Bronx, where he was born and came of age.

Miele had been suffering from various ailments and spent his final days with family at his home in Montebello.

Calling hours for Armand Miele are set for Sunday at Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., 160 Orange Ave., Suffern.

A funeral mass is set at the Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ, for Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m., 271 W. Saddle River Rd., Upper Saddle River, NJ. Burial will be at Church of St. Anthony, 36 West Nyack Road, Nanuet.

Armand Miele’s life was touched by many wonderful people in the health care profession. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to donate to the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, to cancer prevention and research, or to the charity of your choice.

Mike Hirsch March 08, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I didn't know the man, but his newspaper is a breath of fresh air. A life well lived.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day March 08, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Armand was a giant of a man who will be sorely missed. He was the epitome of what hard work and perseverance can accomplish, regardless of the obstacles thrown in front of you. He accomplished so much for the average Rocklander, from his fight to abolish the mid County tolls on the Thruway to a battle he and I were great allies on - the abuse we endure at the hands of the MTA. He may have been "Born Minus" but he was an "Enormous Positive" for us all here in Rockland, and we are all a little bit better because he graced us with his presence.
Anthony Mele March 08, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Mr. Miele was a generous mentor, supporter and my friend. I asked his advice often, when I was the 2010 GOP Nominee for the US Congress 17th District. He shared his experience and insights about certain personalities, warned me about their filthy tactics, and aided me in my resolve to prevent from falling their empty promises, unending falsity and lures into dalliances. When we spoke of our mutual admiration for all time great boxer, Rocky Marciano, looking at a photo of the two of them together in his office, [Mr. Miele used to box, I also boxed in the US Army], he said to me with relish and salty language, "you get in there, keep your guard up, hit em hard, and go give em hell.." I cherish those words to this day. The loss is ours. RIP Sir.
Joseph J Gannon March 09, 2013 at 03:30 PM
A great example of the contributions of emigrant children who gave so much to America. He contributed greatly to our culture and political environment. The County Times alone, under his guardianship, brought significant contributions to our political dialogue, away from the ideological lock step of all the others. As noted, it was a "breath of fresh air". A life well lived for sure. RIP.
john doe March 10, 2013 at 01:25 PM
armand miele was a man that hate humanity at all and the only thing that he left behind him is a trailer of misery in all the people that he had the opportunity to use. amen
Anthony Mele March 10, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The brave taste death once but the coward die a thousand times.
Mike Hirsch March 10, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Great quote Anthony, but I wouldn't get too upset with John Doe's comment. Even the best amongst us will have their detractors.
Gloria March 19, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I didn't have the honor of knowing Mr Miele but, after reading about him he sounds like a wonderful man. The only part after reading that upsets me is of course due to John Doe, you give such a strong message and don't give your name to back your statements. Shame on you little boy!!! Rest in peace Mr Miele!!!
Aleta Fevola May 14, 2013 at 09:35 PM
When all other brokers at the time wanted "experienced" real estate salespersons, Mr. Miele took me in as a "green" inexperienced new licensee who didn't even know how to get around Rockland County. He was a wonderful man, a true mentor, and a man who loved his family and country above all else. Rest in Peace Armand. You will be missed. Aleta

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