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Letter to the Editor: Thank You Chief Tumolo

Peekskill resident Leslie Lawler thanks retiring Peekskill Police Chief Eugene Tumolo for his years of service to the community.

It is said that there’s always something good that comes out of something bad.

Almost twenty years ago, my neighbors and I were compelled to take on a neighborhood dilemma.  A commercial neighbor had expanded without notice or approval and ultimately created a threat to the quality of life in our residential neighborhood.  My neighbors and I were determined to do whatever we had to do to ensure that our elected and municipal officials would simply do the right thing to restore peace to our neighborhood.

It was a long, hard and grueling journey to get to the finish line.  Along the way, we met many fine (and some not so fine) folks that guided, directed and assisted us.  We saw the changing of elected officials and department heads more times than we could count.  However, there was one consistent, steady and rock-solid individual that remained a reliable source of support -- Chief Eugene Tumolo.

Chief Tumolo extended himself beyond measure to ensure our quality of life was restored.  There was never a time he didn’t take our calls or find a moment to help us.  Anytime day or night, sometimes even late on a Monday night after a long Council Meeting, it was par for the course to see the Chief stop up on his way home to see how things were in the neighborhood.  It was not unusual to be warmed by his visits on a Saturday afternoon, on his own time, checking on things for us.  He took time whenever asked to meet with our neighborhood groups, listen to our concerns, and come up with creative, dynamic and sustainable solutions.  He was always accessible, available and approachable.  Indeed, over time, he became more than “The Chief” to us.  He became, and will always be, a treasured friend.

Chief Tumolo personifies everything good about public service.  To simply say “thank you,” seems insufficient.  Gene, we thank you for making our corner of the world a better place, for always being there for us, and for being a treasured friend.  May you enjoy your retirement, but please, don’t be a stranger!

Leslie Phillip Lawler,
Peekskill, NY

KATHY HAGER December 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
THAT'S MY BEAUTIFUL AND PRECIOUS SISTA, LESLIE LAWLER. I AM SO VERY PROUD OF YOU FOR YOUR HONORING MR. EUGENE TUMOLO FOR DOING SUCH A FINE JOB OF MORE THEN HELPING TO GET YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BACK IN CONTROL AND PEACEFUL THE WAY IT ONCE HAD BEEN. SISTA, I WISH I COULD MEET HIM, HE SEEMS LIKE AN AWESOME AND VERY AMAZING PERSON TO HAVE AS A FRIEND YOU CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON.WHEN AND IF THINGS WENT WRONG IN YOUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN. WE DONT HAVE NOT ONE CARING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HERE WHO WOULD GO THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP WITH ANYTHING. IF WE DO I MYSELF,HAVE NEVER MET HIM OR HER IN THE 23 YEARS OF LIVING HERE. CHIEF TUMOLO, I DONT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY BUT, IF YOU ARE A FRIEND TO LESLIE, THEN YOU ARE A FRIEND TO ME AS WELL. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST IN YOUR RETIREMENT AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR LIFE JUST RELAXING AND DOING THINGS THAT YOU REALLY NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO DO WHILE SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND WATCH OVER YOU ALWAYS !!!
Liz Claire December 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Leslie, it's truly sad that partisan politics is gently but forcibly removing some of our best public servants. What will happen to our City when only cronies are employed?

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