New York lawmakers remember Bronx native Regis Philbin: 'He never forgot his roots'

David Caplan
July 25, 2020 - 5:49 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City lost one of its own Friday night with the death of Bronx-born Regis Philbin at 88.

Philbin, whose dad was of Irish heritage and mom was of Italian-Albanian heritage, grew up in the Van Nest section of the borough. He attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school and Cardinal Hayes High School,

"Today we mourn the loss of Bronxite Regis Philbin," Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. tweeted. "Regis may have been one of the most recognizable media personalities of our time, but he never forgot his roots and was in the first class of inductees honored on the Bronx Walk of Fame in 1997. #RIP #RegisPhilbin."

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "Regis Philbin brought humor, warmth and wit into so many homes. Many people who never met him feel as though they’ve lost a personal friend and that’s a testament to his character. He will be missed."

"New York lost a TV legend today," Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted. "Bronx born and raised, Regis Philbin greeted us for years with our morning coffee and at night after dinner. His humor and enthusiasm touched millions of Americans. My heart goes out to Joy and his loved ones."

Over on Staten Island, New York State Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis recalled a moment when Philbin was in the borough, writing alongside a photo, "When #Regis was on #StatenIsland Rab’s Bowling Alley. 1996. Rest in Peace Reeg...A New York icon!"

And the New York Mets tweeted, "We are sad to learn about the passing of TV icon and fellow New Yorker, Regis Philbin. RIP."