WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Vito Pinto, the director of the county’s Veterans Service Agency and the Office of STOP-DWI and Drug Prevention, will be stepping down at the end of March, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced Friday.
A former Democratic county legislator, Eastchester councilman and Tuckahoe village trustee, Pinto served 27 years in elected office prior to being appointed by Astorino in 2010 to lead the county’s efforts to assist veterans.
“Vito Pinto may have been the easiest appointment I ever made," said Astorino. "He’s hard working, likeable and his care and concern for our veterans is exemplary. Part of the reason is that Vito was a veteran himself and also that care and compassion for others is just part of Vito’s DNA. I’m sad to see Vito go. He’ll be tough to replace but he has most certainly earned his retirement and I wish him well.”
Pinto served eight years in the Navy and is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he flew combat missions as a naval aviation officer in the Fighter Squadron 96 aboard the carriers USS Ranger and USS Enterprise in the Tonkin Gulf.
“It’s been my greatest pleasure to serve Westchester County veterans these past five years under the tremendous leadership of Rob Astorino, a true friend of veterans," said Pinto. "I’m leaving my post but I will stay actively involved in helping our servicemen and women, active and retired. I also enjoyed my time working to educate young people on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and efforts to stop drunk driving, and will continue in those efforts as well.”
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