After beginning the transformation of the Highway Department, Daniel P. Losquadro is looking forward to his first full term as superintendent. Superintendent Losquadro was sworn into office on January 7 at Town Hall in Farmingville to the delight of a jubilant audience.
“I want to thank the residents in Brookhaven for selecting me to lead the Highway Department,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “It is a responsibility I take very seriously and it is gratifying to know residents approve of the job my administration is doing. A lot of progress has been made in a very short period of time and I am grateful to be provided with the opportunity to continue moving operations forward.”
Superintendent Losquadro took over Highway Department operations in March 2013 after winning a special election. He made emergency preparedness his top priority, and as the last few weeks has proven, the Department is prepared to handle the elements. “I have brought staff into my administration with a wealth of emergency management experience,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “Our new equipment and improved technological resources have already increased Department efficiency during times of severe weather.”
Superintendent Losquadro has also maintained a focus on improving quality of life issues for residents while saving taxpayer dollars. Shortly after taking office, he increased transparency and accountability within the Department by ending no-bid contracts on drainage, concrete and tree work. He also replaced 2,500 streetlights that had the highest wattage with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights. An LED streetlight can produce the same amount of light, or more, as a traditional light while requiring only half the power to operate. They also have an estimated life of 20 years and dim as they need to be replaced, rather than completely failing, as traditional streetlights operate.
“While I am excited about the amount of progress that has been made in less than one year, I am even more optimistic about having the opportunity to proceed with long term planning,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “It is going to be very rewarding to continue seeing the Highway Department evolve.”