By Karen Talbot
Feb. 7, 2024: Luigi Sanita was the youngest worker in Bronxville's Department of Public Works when he started there, and he says that he is now the oldest.
Luigi, known as Louie, grew up in Eastchester and graduated from Eastchester High School.
Louie joined the Bronxville Department of Public Works in the Sanitation Department in 1987 when he was twenty-six. He was hired by Joe Palumbo, the revered Director of Bronxville's Department of Public Works, for whom Palumbo Place is named.
Louie explains that Palumbo was "in charge of everything" back then, and when a home had a sewer backup, Louie and the other workers were sent into the residents' homes to clean up their basements. Palumbo told Louie, " You don't work for me; you work for the residents of Bronxville."
Louie worked for over ten years east of Midland Avenue, collecting garbage and bulk items for pickup. He then focused on highway and road work, including snowplowing, street work, sewers, and water. Louie then returned to the Sanitation Department and worked on the west side of Midland Avenue. Today, he is a machine equipment operator and drives the sanitation truck.
In the early days, Louie says that opossums, skunks, and raccoons would nestle themselves into residents' garbage cans, get thrown into trucks, and, fortunately, end up alive at the local dump. Over the years, Louie has seen coyotes, deer, and foxes all over the village.
He has also seen "interesting items" in Bronxville residents' garbage, including coins, cash, jewelry, and antiques. One time, a distraught woman told Louie that she had accidentally thrown her diamond wedding ring into the garbage. He led her to the local dump and carefully laid out the garbage from her street and route, and amazingly, she found her ring.
Louie says that lunch has always been something to look forward to at work because over the years many of his colleagues brought homemade antipasto meats for everyone to enjoy. Some of his colleagues also hunted for game, and his past foreman, Pat Schiavone, cooked game to perfection several times a year. Schiavone worked for the Village of Bronxville for 40 years until his retirement in 1999.
During his career, Louie has known and worked with four Bronxville Mayors, including William J. Murphy, Sheila Stein, Nancy Hand, and Mary Marvin. About Louie, Marvin said, "Louie is one fine gentleman and it is an honor to call him my colleague."
Louie says, "It is a privilege to work for the residents of Bronxville," and he has enjoyed seeing generations grow up here and buy their own homes. He has even done handyman work for many of the residents he has met.
Today, Louie lives in Mahopac with his wife, Lisa, and has three grown children in their thirties.
Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
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