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Harrison Police Chief Marraccini Retires Early Amid Investigations

Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini retired Thursday after 32 years. He was police chief since 2010.
Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini retired Thursday after 32 years. He was police chief since 2010. Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

HARRISON, N.Y. --  Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini retired Thursday, three weeks after he was put on paid suspension and as a target in a federal investigation.

Town of 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.

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.

Marraccini has worked for the Harrison Police Department since 1984 and was appointed chief in 2010. Marraccini was paid $185,000 annually and received a $12,000 stipend for having no captain in the department. Lt. Michael Olsey is acting chief and has overseen operations following Marraccini's suspension.

The Town Board accepted Marraccini's letter of retirement at its Thursday night meeting.

Both Mayor Belmont and Harrison Councilman Steve Malfitano spoke of Marraccini's 32 years of service to the town, according to lohud.com.

The scrutiny comes during a stretch in which Marraccini's department has been credited with a number of high-profile arrests, including the indictment of a 2011 bank robber last month.

To read an earlier lohud.com story about the investigation, click here.

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