YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. --Tony Grasso, a Yorktown-resident for more than 50 years, will take his place of honor at the front of the opening procession on Thursday, September 15 and preside over the duration of the four-day Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro as Grand Marshall through Sunday, September 18.
“This is a genuine honor that I always will cherish,” said Grasso, 88.
Grasso first learned of the recognition when his name was announced at the annual Yorktown Chamber of Commerce awards dinner in May. Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro co-founder Thomas Pomposello called him to the podium and, together with Chamber president Eric DiBartolo, surprised Grasso with a red-white-and-green sash bearing his name and the words “Grand Marshal.”
He currently is treasurer of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, and serves as liaison to the Town Planning Board for both the Chamber and the Town Board.
"My goal is to bring more business to Yorktown to help balance the tax burden on the homeowner," said Grasso.
He was a member of the Town Board from 1985-1990 and belongs to Yorktown Elks, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Circolo da Vinci, and St. Patrick Seniors.
At Yorktown Rotary, he was honored with the Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award. He is a past commissioner of Shrub Oak Athletic Club, and a past Mass lector at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Grasso served two years in the military, with 18 months stationed in Germany, in headquarters of the 66th Medium Tank Battalion of the Second Armored Division.
In his professional career, he spent years as a corporate treasurer before founding his own company, Metro Milorganite, Inc., a maker of turf products that it markets to golf courses.
He ran the business for 40 years before selling it to enjoy retirement when he was 62.