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Polera Pleads Guilty in Harrison Pizza Prank Case

HARRISON, N.Y. – Former Harrison Democratic Party District Leader Maria Polera pleaded guilty Tuesday to second degree harassment and disorderly conduct for unsolicited food deliveries to Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh in July. Polera was also fined $250.

Harrison Town Justice Marc Lust issued a two-year order of protection for Walsh and ordered Polera to pay back the pizzerias and eateries for the unsolicited orders delivered to the mayor's home. Polera must also pay $228.93 to compensate for the losses.

Polera was charged with six misdemeanor theft of services charges July 12 in addition to the second-degree harassment violation. Police said she sent multiple unwanted pizzas to Walsh's home in West Harrison over six to eight months.

Police said Polera had placed unsolicited orders six times and was believed to have watched some of the deliveries while hiding nearby.

Polera ran for receiver of taxes on the same ticket as Walsh twice in the past five years and lost both times. She also endorsed Walsh in her mayor run in 2007.

Harrison court records said Polera was no longer on good terms with Walsh after allegedly hearing Walsh's comments on her "body odor" and that she was "unelectable."

Walsh could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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