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Larry Hanley, left, the international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

Larry Hanley, international transit union president, dies at 62

ATU president started out as a Brooklyn bus driver

By David Wildstein, May 08 2019 1:51 pm

Lawrence J. Hanley, the international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and a longtime presence in New Jersey politics, has died.  He was 62.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of my dear friend and our ATU International President Larry Hanley,” said John Costa, ATU International vice president.  “The ATU members of New Jersey, across the entire United States and Canada are in mourning and more importantly the Hanley family have lost a beloved patriarch.”

Hanley began his transit career as a bus driver in Brooklyn and was an activist in the 1980 New York transit strike.  He became secretary-treasurer of his local in 1984 and was elected president in 1987.  Hanley joined the international union staff in 2002, became international vice president in 2004, and was elected international president in 2010.

“Larry showed what is possible for our Union and within each one of us – if we believe, dream, fight and work hard together,” Costa said.  “I am committed to honoring Larry’s legacy.  Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong leadership.  Rest easy my friend, my mentor, our leader. You will be missed.”

Hanley ran the Staten Island operation for David Dinkins’ successful 1989 campaign for mayor of New York City against Rudy Giuliani,  He was a founder of the New York Working Families Party.

“My sympathies go out to his wife, Thelma, his daughter Monica and his son Lawrence Jr. Larry served his country with pride when it came to the labor movement and worker’s rights,” Costa said. “He was a champion for all people and believed that everyone should have the chance to realize their fullest potential.”

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6 thoughts on “Larry Hanley, international transit union president, dies at 62

  1. The only Man I ever looked up to in the Labor Movement. He was a great Leader and even more a awesome Human being May he R.I.P

  2. A man I’m proud to call my friend. I worked under Larry in Local 726. He is a tireless warrior for union workers and people in need. He is a great president, teacher, mentor. He encouraged us to get involved with the union to make it stronger and to be involved in our community and politics to improve our quality of life. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. I offer peace to Thelma, and his children Monica and Larry, and his brother Jim. We will miss his energy and creativity, and humor, but most of all his work to protect his union sisters and brothers.

  3. My condolences to Larry’s family larry was a great man will be deeply deeply missed In the ATU Union.

  4. Larry Hanley is simply Irreplaceable. He was
    the president of my local union 726 as well as our international president and a dear friend.
    A very sad day.

  5. I never would have thought I would become a transit driver when I left Staten Island in 1998 but I did and was a proud member of the ATU. Larry personally helped us here in Tampa and inspired everyone around him to help each other find a higher purpose through a hard honest day’s work. Thanks to his family for their sacrifices in supporting his mission to help his fellow man and woman. “May the road rise up to meet you” Larry.

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