Bypass surgery sidelines mayor-elect

The new mayor will be sworn in at his home.



NEW CASTLE, Pa. — New Castle’s mayor-elect will be taking it easy during his first month in office.

Anthony Mastrangelo says those are his doctor’s orders after having triple bypass surgery last month at a Pittsburgh hospital. Mastrangelo would not identify which hospital handled his surgery.

Mastrangelo, 71, will be sworn into office Monday night at his home. The swearing-in was to take place at city hall with the newly elected council members, but Mastrangelo said in an interview Wednesday he didn’t want to go into the cold so soon after having surgery.

“I can’t push it. The city is going to run with or without me,” he said.

The mayor-elect had surgery Dec. 21. Mastrangelo said he initially thought he had bronchitis because of chest congestion and had a relative take him to the Jameson Memorial Hospital emergency room Dec. 16. A cardiac catheterization two days later showed the blockage in his arteries, and surgery was scheduled.

Mastrangelo was released from the Pittsburgh hospital Friday.

“I’m not allowed to drive for one month. I have to make arrangements for people to take me to work,” he said.

Mastrangelo said he started work on his new administration shortly after the election. To date he has decided to fill three city positions.

Mastrangelo said he will name Tom Maciarello as the city fire chief, he will reappoint Tom Sansone as city police chief and name Mike Bonner city solicitor.

Mastrangelo said he will name the rest of his administration when he has time to interview interested people. Shortly after the election, he asked those interested in various positions to submit letters of interest and résumés. The mayor-elect had been meeting with candidates in his home, but had to suspend that work when his health problems began, he said.

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