In Memoriam: Lawrence “Larry” Amendola, 1934-2024

Council 4 mourns the loss of Lawrence “Larry” Amendola, former President and founding member of AFSCME Local 3144, New Haven Management and Professional Employees. Larry passed away on April 21 at the age of 90.

Larry was a giant of the labor movement in New Haven, who dedicated over 20 years of his life to championing the rights of public service workers and empowering them in their careers as President of Local 3144. After graduating high school, Larry enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. After being honorably discharged, he began a career working for the City of New Haven, first in the CETA Program then later working for Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

“I am forever grateful for all that Larry has done, not only for those he directly helped, but for the values of compassion, empathy, and solidarity that he has instilled in all of us. His commitment to mentorship was best exemplified by his unwavering support of my presidency,” said Cherlyn Poindexter, Council 4 Staff Representative and former President of Local 3144. “Larry’s support paved the way for me to become the first African American President of Local 3144. This historic moment not only signified progress and inclusivity within our union, but also stands as a testament to the impact of his mentorship and support.”

“Larry was a union leader and a brother who was always in it for the members. He was not afraid to answer a fight that most people said he couldn’t win,” said Claudine Wilkins-Chambers, Council 4 Vice President and Local 3429 member, New Haven Paraeducators. “Larry answered the fight and you don’t need to guess who won – he did. He will be missed in our hearts forever, and may he forever rest in peace.”

“Larry built a strong union local and a culture of mentorship that made way for minority women like me,” said Gildemar Herrera, current Local 3144 President and IT Director for New Haven Board of Education. “We are proud to keep building a Local 3144 that fights tirelessly for New Haven public service workers.”

Larry’s passion for supporting others has inspired and uplifted those around him, making a lasting impact on the community and beyond. His tireless efforts to ensure fairness and equality in the workplace are well-known, and his legacy will continue to resonate for years to come. As we celebrate his achievements and legacy, let us pledge to carry forward the torch of generosity and service that he has so honorably upheld throughout his career.