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Mario Joseph Cariello (January 23, 1907 – August 9, 1985) was an Italian-American lawyer, Democratic politician and judge from Queens, New York City.

Mario J. Cariello
New York Supreme Court Justice
In office
14th Borough President of Queens
In office
January 2, 1963 – January 1, 1969
Preceded byJohn T. Clancy
Succeeded bySidney Leviss
Personal details
BornJanuary 23, 1907 (1907-01-23)
Manhattan, New York City
DiedAugust 9, 1985 (1985-08-10) (aged 78)
Manhattan, New York City
Resting placeCalvary Cemetery
NationalityItalian, American
Political partyDemocratic
ParentsMaria Cariello, Joseph Cariello
Alma materNew York Law School


Cariello was born on January 23, 1907, in Manhattan, New York City, but lived most of his life in Queens. He was a 1924 graduate of Newtown High School in Elmhurst.[1] He graduated from New York Law School in 1930, and practiced law in New York City.[2]

Cariello was a member of the New York State Assembly (Queens Co., 1st D.) in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939–40 and 1941. He resigned his seat on September 25, 1941.

He was a Judge of the Municipal Court (Queens) from 1941 to 1962. On January 2, 1963, he was appointed as Borough president of Queens, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John T. Clancy. Cariello won a special election later that year to remain in office for the remainder of the term, and was re-elected to another term in 1965.

Cariello stepped down from the Borough President office when he successfully ran for a seat on the New York Supreme Court in 1968. He was succeeded by his deputy Borough President, Sidney Leviss.[3]

Cariello sat on the Supreme Court until 1977. He died from cancer in 1985 and is entombed at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens.[4]


  1. ^ "Newtown High School - Hall of Fame". Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  2. ^ The New York Red Book, 1940. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Leviss Backed in Queens". The New York Times. December 31, 1968. Retrieved November 19, 2009. (Article abstract only.)
  4. ^ "Mario Joseph Cariello" at Political Graveyard
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Harold J. Crawford
New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Charles J. Dalzell
Political offices
Preceded by
John T. Clancy
Borough President of Queens
Succeeded by
Sidney Leviss