BY NANCY LOWRY
NEW CASTLE NEWS
South Side native and Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo has lived many places in his 81 years.
He went to school in Youngstown and New York City, studied further in Waterville, Maine, and Buffalo, New York, where he met his first wife, Delores. He then returned to Youngstown, lived in Jacksonville, Florida, spent 11 years working in Chicago and lived in suburban St. Louis.
“But when it was time to retire, I wanted to come back to New Castle,” he said. “What brought me back was family. I grew up here. I have family and friends, churches and traditions I knew, I felt comfortable.”
Mastrangelo said New Castle is a friendly town. If offers good schools, churches, is close to Pittsburgh and its exceptional health care facilities from UPMC to Allegheny General and others. It’s close to Erie and Cleveland, “and the weather is generally decent. Summers aren’t too hot and usually winters aren’t too bad.”
Mastrangelo recognizes there are downsides to the community.
“New Castle is an Act 47 community — recognized by the state as financially-distressed. That is a negative and it’s caused us to raise taxes higher than we wanted, but under the recovery plan we’re limited on what we can do. However, we’re close to leaving Act 47.