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Former Harrison Police Chief's Attorney Responds To Resignation

Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini who retired Thursday after 32 years "has nothing to hide," his lawyer reportedly told lohud.com.
Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini who retired Thursday after 32 years "has nothing to hide," his lawyer reportedly told lohud.com. Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

HARRISON -- Harrison's ex-police chief Anthony Marraccini maintained "detailed" records and took off from work as his "predecessors" did, his lawyer told lohud.com.

John D. Pappalardo blamed "accusations of impropriety" on "politics" not Marracini, according to lohud.com.

The lawyer told lohud.com Friday the ex chief kept "meticulous records" and he "has nothing to hide," the report said.

The lawyer made a statement after lohud.com published an article Friday about why he was suspended for three weeks.

An investigation allegedly showed the ex-chief was suspended when officials in Harrison asked about him getting paid for hours off work he was not supposed to be paid for, said lohud.com.

The hours are related to "comp time" allegedly recorded as "worked regular hours" in town records, said lohud.com.

Marraccini retired Thursday, three weeks after he was put on paid suspension and as a target in a federal investigation, according to lohud.com.

Harrison officials declined to comment publicly about reasons for Marraccini’s suspension on Sept. 16 or his unexpected retirement submitted in a letter on Thursday.

His suspension and potential of disciplinary action was not directly related to a federal investigation, according to lohud.com.

In August, Marraccini's lawyer said the chief had turned over business records from a construction business he owns, Coastal Construction Associates, that were requested as part of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to media reports.

A separate internal police department matter was discussed by the Town Board on Sept. 15 during a closed executive session. Harrison Supervisor Ron Belmont suspended Marraccini with pay on Sept. 16.

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