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Remembering Bill Vitiello

Former Director of Operations and retired NYC Department of Sanitation employee Bill Vitiello passed away in November. In his memory, the DUMBO BID dedicated a tree this week on Washington Street, just south of York.

Through his years at the NYC Department of Sanitation and as Director of Operations at the DUMBO BID, Bill Vitiello impacted the DUMBO neighborhood with a unique combination of quiet enthusiasm and love for the neighborhood he worked in for 20+ years.

Bill started with the DUMBO BID in 2006 soon after the BID was formed and after his lengthy tenure with the NYC Department of Sanitation, where he was the supervisor for DUMBO, Vinegar Hill and Brooklyn Heights. He had seen DUMBO grow from the gritty neighborhood in the 80s to what it is now.

Bill took great pride in taking care of the operational and maintenance needs of DUMBO and was very involved in getting the Doe Fund streets cleaning program off the ground here. He was always known as a straight shooter and one who would always tell it like it was. He did have a softer side too: in addition to his duties along the streets of DUMBO, he also took great pride in helping to start a program with local elementary school PS 307 where the DUMBO BID sponsors a book-a-thon for the fifth grade class that culminates in a trip to Yankee Stadium each June. This program lives on because of all the hard work Bill put into it and the love for the students Bill had.

Bill will be missed, but his memory will live on throughout the streets of DUMBO.

Thanks to Gramercy Park Flowers for creating the planter and adding the flowers and to Front Street Pizza (a favorite lunch spot of Bill’s) for the post-ceremony reception.