New DPW director has decades of experience
Saulino brings perspective, insight to department
Posted March 15, 2018 By Zach Gottehrer-Cohen
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“When you’re just driving around,” said Lou Saulino, the new director of the Glen Cove Department of Public Works, “you see things that maybe regular people don’t see.”
The concrete spoiling in the downtown parking garage, for example, or slabs of asphalt at risk of opening up into potholes.
“You’re always observing,” the 69-year-old from Farmingville said, adding that, as a civil engineer, “You always have that in your mind. It’s just the nature of the beast.”
Often, Saulino said, a municipality will put off regular maintenance projects, like the concrete in the garage, until they become necessary repairs, which cost more money and cause more problems. One of his top priorities is coming up with a “capital improvement plan,” which will allow the city to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to its infrastructure.
Saulino has inheriting a host of problems that this approach might have helped prevent. The closing of East Beach Road, which leads to Prybil Beach, due to severe potholes, and the closure of Glen Cove’s wells, due to contaminants, are two examples.
In addition, less than two weeks after he was appointed to the directorship, the workers in the department’s highway division — Saulino called them a “very strong … excellent blue-collar staff” — had to contend with three winter storms in two weeks, with high winds that blew down trees and tore out power lines.
Saulino has been a civil engineer for 40 years. He got into the field because he had a head for math, and “it just seemed like a good place to hang my hat,” he said.
He spent his first nine years after graduating from Manhattan College as a public servant, working for New York state’s Department of Transportation — “a lot of a high-accident locations, or mediation coordination with the projects that were going on in … Nassau and Suffolk” — and then spent another year in Babylon doing roughly the same thing.
After that, Saulino moved into the private sector, where he worked for about 30 years in several firms, eventually working his way up to the executive level. Then, beginning in 2011, he took a hiatus, and began writing novels. He has self-published five books, mostly about sports, but most recently finished a murder mystery.
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Saulino, Lou [MC????]
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I believe that Lou is a member of the Class of 1970.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Saulino, Lou [MC1970]
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