John Zuccotti, Former NYC Deputy Mayor, Dies at 78

NEW YORK (AP) -

A former New York City deputy mayor and real estate developer whose namesake plaza in Manhattan became the home base of the Occupy Wall Street movement died on Friday. John Zuccotti was 78.

Zuccotti had been the chairman of global operations at Brookfield Properties for more than 25 years. He also served as the city’s first deputy mayor in the 1970s under Abraham Beame and held various other jobs in city and federal government.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he often turned to Zuccotti for advice. Zuccotti is survived by his wife, Susan Sessions Zuccotti (a Holocaust historian), three children and eight grandchildren.