Peter Porco served on the Bethlehem Democratic Committee.
Bethlehem's Democratic Committee Chairman Matt Clyne attended Albany Law School with Peter Porco. The two graduated in 1977.
Ever since, Clyne said, the two knew each other professionally and politically. As a member of the Democratic Committee in Bethlehem, Peter Porco attended all the meetings, though his involvement was somewhat limited because of his position with Appellate Court Justice Anthony V. Cardona, Clyne said.
Clyne said though their relationship was professional he knew him very well.
"It's strange because Peter was a very mild-mannered individual," Clyne said. "He's the last person in the world you would figure would be involved in some sort of a violent act."
Clyne described Peter Porco as "cheerful, outgoing and low-keyed."
"He never had a bad word to say about anyone and I never heard a bad word said about him," Clyne said.
Howard A. Schafer, county legislator for the District, knew Peter Porco first as a court advocate for his son when he was going through the family court system in the late 1980s.
"I know he worked for Judge Cardona and followed him on his way up," Schafer said.
"He was a very nice individual, very quiet," Schafer said of Porco. "I knew him through being a committee person, too, and he will be sorely missed."