Tuckahoe Honors Retiring DPW Workers

A presentation and plaque from the Village Board was given to Raymond Palma and Melvin Banks for their 30 plus years of service to the Village of Tuckahoe.


Having been life long residents of the Village, Raymond Palma and Melvin Banks held their heads high as the Village Board commended the two Department of Public Works employees for their combined 63 years of service to the Village during this month's board meeting.

Palma and Banks both worked as drivers along the South-end of the Village for 31 and 32 years respectively and many residents have come to know the two gentlemen by name.

"I spent many mornings where the first person I saw as I got out to my car was Melvin and we had many life conversations right on my street," recalled Trustee Greg Luisi who along with the rest of the Board, thanked the men whole heartedly for their years of service to the Village.

Palma also served as the Shop Steward and played an important role in making the department run cost effectively and logistically.

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"These guys are tremedous workers and are simply a testament to the department as a whole," said Frank DiMarco, Supervisor of Public Works.

In his blunt and uncanny way, Banks addressed the board and the residents saying that, "Tuckahoe is one of the greatest places to live and work," then turning to the board and asked jokingly, "so are you guys handing out checks?"

Both men plan to stay in the Village and are looking forward to their retirement.

Do you have fond memories of Ray and Melvin?  If so, share your stories in the comment section below.

Josh Semendoff (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Congrats to both of these men. The Village Board was so appreciative of their contribution to the Village and it seems like many residents personally knew these guys and saw them each and every day.
jo August 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
hey Melvin... Jo DeBrino here.... congrats guy....
jeff meyer August 22, 2012 at 03:10 PM
All the best to Ray and Melvin. Both are great guys and hard workers. The Village of Tuckahoe was fortunte to have them for all these years. Gentlemen, I wish you a long and enjoyable retirement. You both deserve it. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Dave Gammon August 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Congratulations to Ray and Melvin! I've run into Melvin a number of times over the years, more so during my high school years when I was out at 6am on a regular basis. We talked a lot about life and my family.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Melvin definitely seems to have tons of things to say about life in general just from the few minutes I got to speak to him at the Board Meeting. Both gentlemen seemed like really good guys.
Michael Palma August 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Congratulation to my father Raymond Palma is is a great man
Steph P August 23, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Congrats Ray & Melvin! You guys are the best and will be truly missed. Enjoy every minute of retirement!
Elsa R Gammon August 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Congratulations to both Ray and Melvin! I particularly remember Melvin whom I'd run into when I rushed out to work every morning. He knew and cared about our family and kept an eye out on my parents around the corner. We'll miss his friendly greetings on Wallace St. Enjoy your retirement!


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