HARRISON, N.Y. - The town where he grew up has now become his employer. Harrison's Chris Cipolla was appointed deputy village attorney last week and said it's only the beginning.
Cipolla, 27, grew up in Harrison and attended the local schools before leaving for college. Since graduating from New York Law School in 2009, he has returned to his roots to serve the community he still holds close ties to.
"I love it here. It's a unique office," Cipolla said. "I'm happy the opportunity presented itself."
The appointment replaces former village attorney Robert Paladino , who resigned last month. Town Attorney Frank Allegretti approached Cipolla when the position came available. It was an offer Cipolla said he couldn't turn down.
After being appointed to the position on Jan. 5, Cipolla said he spent much of his first week learning the position and working on a little bit of everything. It was a side of the town that he said kept him interested while becoming more familiar with his role. He also said it was beneficial to be starting fresh as a part of Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont's new administration.
His experienced coworkers, he said, were also a great resource. "The experienced workers in the law department have been a great source of knowledge," Cipolla said. "I can tell how good they are at this."
As a 2002 graduate of Harrison High School and with parents closely tied to the Harrison community, Cipolla said he had a personal interest in seeing the town progress. His father heads Harrison's youth lacrosse league and his mother is a teacher in Purchase.
"I'm looking forward to working hard to move the town forward," Cipolla said. "I want to help make the town great and that's why I came back."
And despite his young age, Cipolla said he had the passion and motivation to see the town forward in the long term. He currently lives with his wife in White Plains but said moving back to Harrison was a priority in the long run.
"I'm willing to put the time in, although I admit I have a lot to learn," Cipolla said. "I can be here long term because I love it here."
Cipolla previously worked for White Plains private practice law firm Rabin-Panero and Herrick in real estate and administrative law.
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