Lawrence Santangelo, 65, has been with the Port Jefferson Code Enforcement for 18 1/2 years, and to the men and women who worked with him over that time, he has been a force of kindness and good.
“He’s the most benevolent guy,” said Sergeant Anthony Tucci of the Port Jeff constabulary.
“He’s a philanthropic type of person. The type of guy to send flowers to a person if they’re sick.”
On June 7, the constables gathered at the rear Village Hall steps to send off their respected compatriot into retirement with salutes and the sound of bagpipes.
Santangelo is also the district manager for the Sayville Fire District, the department he’s been with for close to 25 years. In addition, he’s been a senior court officer since 2002, and said he has developed a strong friendship with the judges of the court.
He was a mentor to a number of younger officers in the constabulary, and when he came down the steps of Village Hall, he shook the hands of each officer in turn, from the longest serving to the youngest member.
The longtime code enforcement officer came into the village having already known several of the people from working together in the Town of Brookhaven.
“I loved it here — I still do,” he said. “I worked with great people.”
He came to the village in 2001, and in 2004 became a sergeant. At the end of 2018, he was promoted to lieutenant.
Now Santangelo is soon moving to Anthem, Arizona, where he plans to enjoy retirement in the sun with his family.
“I’m looking forward to retirement, but it’s a strange feeling that on Monday I don’t have to go to work,” he said.