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Park Won’t Be Named After Teacher

July 14, 1998

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) _ Frank Sinatra’s hometown passed over a beloved teacher who was shot to death outside his school when it came time to dedicate a waterfront park.

The city decided against John Sacci after his widow, Kathleen, filed a notice of claim indicating she intended to seek workers’ compensation benefits because he was killed on the job.

Mayor Anthony Russo said he couldn’t name the park after the Hoboken High School teacher because Mrs. Sacci was threatening to take taxpayers’ money.

Russo ``is just using Frank Sinatra’s name to get back at this whole issue here,″ Mrs. Sacci said. ``I think it’s a disgrace to Frank Sinatra, as well.″

Sacci was killed by a man who falsely believed the teacher was having an affair with his wife.

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