By Susan Miele
Feb. 14, 2018: After six years of service on the Bronxville Board of Trustees, Guy Longobardo has announced that he will not seek re-election. Longobardo, a nearly lifelong Bronxville resident, assumed his seat on the board in 2012.
Longobardo has a long history of community service, beginning in 1990 when he was a member of the village’s Long Range Planning Task Force, followed by service as deputy village counsel. He also served on the zoning board of appeals, the Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee, and a number of Bronxville School committees.
During his tenure as trustee, Longobardo played a strong role in the FEMA flood mitigation project undertaken in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; in the Bronxville Policemens Benevolent Association negotiations; and in the Villa BXV project, which involved the sale and remediation of a power plant and gas-station site, the building of a luxury condominium residence, the return of the property to the tax rolls, and the provision to the village of a much-needed parking structure.
“Guy combines an extraordinary love of his home village with a razor-sharp intellect and a genuine concern about the quality of life of every villager,” Mayor Mary Marvin said. “He is dedicated to Bronxville beyond measure.”
Deputy Mayor Robert Underhill concurred. “Guy has been an amazing colleague. His high intellect, work ethic, and care for the village has left a meaningful and lasting impact on Bronxville. For example, Guy’s contributions were critical in making Villa BXV a reality.”
“Guy has been a real changemaker in trustee business. He's been an active participant in all realms of village activity during the six busiest years in recent memory,” said trustee Anne Poorman, who also is not seeking re-election. “Guy brings insight and focused determination to every issue. He works harder than anyone to understand details and to seek a solution. Guy's experience in law and corporate restructuring helped us when employment and real estate/construction issues were forefront. Guy excels at seeking consensus and offering real-world solutions. His wonderful sense of humor was so welcome in long meetings; he brought perspective and balance to our most vexing issues. We have been so lucky to benefit from Guy's service to the village he loves, his lifelong home.”
“I will sorely miss working with Guy on the village board,” said trustee Randy Mayer. “All of us bring different perspectives, but the remarkable thing for me has been how many times I heard Guy take a perspective on something that never, ever, ever would have occurred to me. And after some reflection, I'd often see that he either knew a lot more about the question before us than I did or that his take on it, though coming from a different direction, was right on the money. I have the highest respect for Guy. It's been a real privilege working with him.”
Pictured here: Guy Longobardo.
Photo by N. Bower