Remembering Michael LoGrande
A 1979 image of then-candidate for Islip supervisor Michael LoGrande that was taken from our newspaper’s archives.

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Remembering Michael LoGrande

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/27/2018


ISLIP TOWN—After an eight-month battle with cancer, Michael LoGrande, former Islip Town supervisor, Suffolk County executive and Suffolk Water Authority chairman, passed away on Dec. 18. He was 80.

LoGrande, a civil engineer with degrees from MIT and Columbia University, served as the acting director of the Islip Town Planning Department from 1972-1974; commissioner of planning from 1974-1979 and town supervisor from 1980-1986; and Suffolk County executive in 1987. 

“I am saddened by the passing of former Suffolk County Executive Michael A. LoGrande,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “His keen intellect raised decorum, professionalism and integrity to a level that we need more of in public service.”

“I first came to work for the Town of Islip Supervisor’s office as a senior grants analyst when Michael LoGrande was the town supervisor. He’s arguably the most brilliant man I ever knew,” said William Mannix, director, Islip Economic Development Office, in a statement. “I remember him using the word ‘integrity’ to describe our role in public service, and he used it often. He was a great believer in continuous training for all employees. I also remember him as a great problem solver. When the Ronkonkoma branch of the LIRR was being electrified, they were eliminating and relocating some of the railroad stations, and there was a problem relocating the Deer Park train station, and it was jeopardizing the entire electrification project. Michael LoGrande solved the problem by offering up town-owned property in Edgewood/Brentwood for the Deer Park train station, which is why the Deer Park train station isn’t in Deer Park. But it solved the issue. He was a big thinker,” said Mannix.

Patrick Halpin, a former Suffolk County executive who was recently appointed chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority, released a statement, saying, “I am saddened by the passing of former Suffolk County Executive Michael A. LoGrande. From his earliest days as an Islip Town planner and town supervisor, Mr. LoGrande made significant contributions that will benefit all future generations. Not only did he create the county’s Drinking Water Protection Program, but went on during his tenure at the Suffolk County Water Authority to help establish the Central Pine Barrens Preserve to strengthen protection of our water supply. His keen intellect raised decorum, professionalism and integrity to a level that we need more of in public service.”

“Michael LoGrande left an indelible mark as a planning visionary and supervisor in the Town of Islip,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “His legacy will live on in the memories and relationships he created with his colleagues, and with those lives he touched.” 

LoGrande is survived by his sons, Michael and John, a brother, and two sisters. His funeral took place last Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Mattituck, and he was buried the same day at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.