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James S. Vlasto

Dimitrius Solon "James" Vlasto (June 11, 1934 – January 17, 2017) was an American editor, political public relations consultant and public servant. He served in federal, New York state and city senior government positions. He was born in New York City. He served as a Public Relations Representative.

Vlasto joined the Atlantis in 1956 after his service in the United States Army. In March 1966, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. hired Vlasto to do PR for his campaign for Governor of New York on the Liberal Party ticket in 1966 against the incumbent Republican Nelson A. Rockefeller.[1]

Vlasto was also New York state public relations advisor for Senator George McGovern in the United States presidential election in New York, 1972,[2] a member of the finance committee for presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in the United States presidential election in New York, 1988 and New York State public relations advisor for Morris Udall’s run for Democratic nomination for President in 1976.[3]

Vlasto worked as press secretary for former Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo during his run for mayor.

Vlasto died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in New York City on January 17, 2017, aged 82.[4]


  1. Bigart, Homer (October 18, 1966). "Roosevelt Opposes Church School Aid". The New York Times (The New York Times). Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  2. Bliven, Gus (May 28, 1972). "The Political Front". The Post-Standard. 
  3. "Governor Names Press Secretary". Poughkeepsie Journal. May 21, 1976. 
  4. Roberts, Sam (20 January 2017). "James S. Vlasto, Adviser to New York Politicians, Dies at 82".