My name is Santo Piro. I was an
Electrician with the PA for 37 years. I was honorably discharged from
the U.S. Navy (1952-1956 Korean War) as an Electrician Mate 3'" class.
My brother Peter Piro was an Electrician for the Port Authority. He
retired as an Electrical Supervisor from LGA.
My career started July 9, 1956 at 118"
Ave working 4-12pm. When I became permanent, I was transferred to the
Bus Terminal. I worked around the clock. There were times we roped off
the area because the "Mad Bomber” was around. I stayed about two years
while I went to school at night. I transferred to JFK as a laborer
working with MMII. When the snow came everyone's hours changed. I was a
I became an Electrician's helper CMS and
then an Electrician. I stayed approximately 18 years. I worked at
different facilities: 36th St. Heliport installing new lights, the
Holland Tunnel, and Lincoln Tunnel Vent Building NY & NJ working days
and nights installing new switch gear. I worked the police train. I
worked on the GW Bridge necklace lighting, the toll booths on a computer
tag and rewiring the firehouse. The Hoboken pier installing overhead
lights. After the strike I was transferred to JFK. I worked around the
clock for five years. I was working nights during the Lufthansa Heist. I
worked days maintaining all the taxiway and runway lights and circuits.
Switch house to tower control. In February 1993, I towed the generators
to the World Trade Center after the bombing.
I received an invitation to the World
Trade Tower 1 in July 4, 1986 to view the tall ships for Liberty Weekend
from the 55" Floor. My family really enjoyed that.
I retired on April 10, 1993. On September
11" I was sad to see the WTC go down. Friends I knew were lost.
My career with the Port Authority was
very educational and exceptionally rewarding. I received many letters of
congratulations. I found that all the supervisors, managers, stock
keepers and clerks were outstanding.
Let's hope this virus will go away so we can enjoy time with our