HARRISON, N.Y. - He works when you're off, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
For Gerry Salvo, being appointed as the new superintendent of the Harrison Recreation Department was a realization of what he called his dream job.
"I'm looking forward to this new leadership role," Salvo said. "Our recreation department in this town is topnotch."
Salvo was officially declared the head of the department at Thursday night's town and village board meeting .
"People throughout the county look up to Harrison recreation," Salvo said. "I want to continue that tradition."
He will replace Ron Belmont, who worked with the Recreation Department for 36 years and is currently running for town mayor and supervisor . Salvo said Belmont will leave big shoes to fill.
"It'll be a smooth transition," Belmont said. "Gerry is a hell of a programmer and I'm looking forward to the work he will do."
Belmont said he will be helping Salvo as a consultant throughout the transition.
New initiatives include the potential of a town martial arts program, and Salvo said he would love to see Harrison build a new recreation center downtown.
Salvo said he will be looking to the residents of Harrison moving forward to assure everyone's satisfaction with town programs. Though some residents might claim the number of programs in downtown Harrison might not be equal to those in West Harrison, Salvo said his goal was to enforce community.
"I want everyone to be together and keep it one community," Salvo said. "I'm going to strive to continue bringing people together."
Salvo grew up through the Harrison school system and said he always knew the role he wanted to play in his community. With a love for helping people, he said realizing the superintendent role was a dream come true.
He now lives in West Harrison with his wife Kristina, five-year-old Gianna, and his newborn son Brandon.
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