Glenn Daniel Bellitto
Glenn Daniel Bellitto, Eastchester Town Councilman, died on April 2, 2020, from COVID-19.
Glenn, 62, was a 30-year Bronxville resident who was defined by his love for his family, his commitment to the Village of Bronxville and the entirety of Eastchester, and his life-long devotion to community service. Glenn was Vice President of Finance at Acacia Network Housing, a non-profit based in the Bronx, and one of the largest providers of transitional housing for the New York City Department of Homeless Services. He truly valued the work and relationships he formed there as part of the larger Acacia Network.
Glenn was born and raised in Yonkers. In 1990, he and his wife moved to Bronxville, the day after they married. Their years together were blessed with two children who Glenn loved beyond all telling. He enjoyed exploring the world with his wife and kids, instilling an appreciation of discovery and adventure in them. He always created a warm and inviting space for family and friends. By hosting the extended family at Christmas and during summers out in Quogue, he helped to create some of the most beautiful memories the family holds.
Glenn’s interest in politics ignited when he was 10, fueled by the debates around current events that he would have with his father at the dinner table. At 12 years old, he could be found distributing election leaflets at train stations. At 18, he was elected Vice President of the Westchester County Young Republicans Club. In his 20’s, he became a Republican District Leader and President of the 11th Ward Republican Club. At the age of 32, he ran for U.S. Congress as the Republican candidate for New York’s 16th District.
Prior to being Eastchester Town Councilman, he was Deputy Mayor of Bronxville (his young son Gage being especially proud of his dad for this.) Glenn was also a Bronxville Trustee and liaison to the Bronxville Police Department. His admiration and appreciation of the police force was a constant throughout his career. Glenn was thrilled to become a member of the Eastchester Town Council in 2011. His role as Councilman, which gave him the platform from which to dive into public service even more deeply, was his passion until the day he died.
Glenn’s love of public service began as a young child when he organized Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraisers in his driveway on Huron Road. Glenn drew immense pleasure from being able to be a part of so many different community causes. His involvement with the senior citizen community, his alignment with the interests of condo and co-op residents and his founding role in the Bronxville Green Committee all brought him tremendous satisfaction. Glenn also took great joy from his membership in the Eastchester Italian American Citizen’s Club, Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lion’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Order of the Sons of Italy and the Eastchester Irish American Social Club (a nod to his wife.)
Glenn always valued education, attending Archbishop Stepinac High School where he made his mark as the editor-in-chief of the iconic 1976 Bicentennial yearbook and as a National Merit Scholar. He graduated from Harvard College in 1980 with a B.A. in Government and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984. Glenn met the love of his life, Kyle, at the Harvard Club in Manhattan and proposed to her in Harvard Yard. He carried forward his love for the school by his volunteer work interviewing interested high school seniors, something he did for over 30 years. For those about town who may have noticed the HARVARD license plate on a succession of family cars, that was Glenn.
He was passionate about passing on his love of education to his children. His daughter, Dale, is now a Dartmouth College alum and practicing attorney. His son, Gage, was a sophomore at Columbia University, which is where he died of an opioid overdose two years ago. Glenn was forever changed by that tragedy. It was then that he channeled his sorrow by becoming a spokesperson with respect to opioid addiction and its impact on families.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Kyle Anne Moran, his daughter, Dale Anne Bellitto, his mother Dolores (Patrone) Bellitto, brother Douglas Bellitto, sister Robin Stettnisch (Bill), nephews Kevin, Ryan and Matthew, and many cousins and aunts. He is pre-deceased by his son Gage, and his father Salvatore Joseph Bellitto.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Glenn may be made to the Center on Addiction (in tribute to Glenn D. Bellitto in memo line) at 485 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10017, or through their website at https://www.centeronaddiction.org/donate.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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