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Tuckahoe Bids Farewell To Longtime Village Workers

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – The Tuckahoe Department of Public Works said goodbye to two of its longest tenured workers this week, as Raymond Palma and Melvin Banks each retired after more than 30 years of service.

The Tuckahoe Board of Trustees recognized the two lifelong residents on Monday at its regular meeting, presenting each with plaques for their three decades of service to the village.

“I know what it means to work, but I don’t know what it means to work that long,” Deputy Mayor Thomas Giordano said. “You’ve dedicated an incredible amount of time to our village, and we all wish you the best in your new adventures.”

Palma, who was hired on Feb. 9, 1981 spent 31 years with the DPW, while Banks, hired on Sept. 2, 1980, has worked with the sanitation department for 32 years.

Superintendent of Public Works Frank DiMarco took the opportunity to praise the two men who have been “the face of the DPW.”

“These men are unbelievable workers, and a testament to what our department does,” he said. “The service they’ve given the village is impeccable, and they’ve done a great job for the community.”

Residents on the south end of the village may recognize Banks as the garbage man with headphones in his ears and a cigarette dangling out of his mouth while he played football at 7 a.m. with the neighborhood kids waiting for the bus. At the meeting, Banks took the opportunity to address the crowd, drawing laughter during a thank you speech.

“I will miss the people of the village. I’ve watched kids I used to play football with grow up and get married,” he said. “I’ll miss the people on the route. For anyone who didn’t know, this is one of the greatest places to live.”

Trustee Stephen Quigley praised the entire department, noting that he had a cousin from Florida visit who was amazed at the work those men and women put in every day.

“My cousin was amazed at what we are able to put out on our curbs on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s a testament to our DPW people to have people like Ray and Melvin working on the staff for this long.”

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