HARRISON, N.Y. -- Joined by Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini, Mayor Ron Belmont and the parents of the two young Harrison residents who died from drug overdoses in June, two state legislators recognized the Police Department for its outstanding work in apprehending a drug ring selling tainted heroin in the community.
State Sen. George Latimer, D-Rye, and Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-White Plains presented Marraccini and Belmont with a proclamation during a news conference Tuesday at Harrison Police Headquarters.
Arrests by Harrison police now total seven people apprehended for distributing heroin that appears to have been laced with fentanyl, resulting in the deaths of two local residents.
Their deaths occurred on June 23 and 24, and arrests began shortly thereafter, with six suspects taken into custody between June 24 and June 27, according to Harrison police. Click here to read the Daily Voice article on the arrests.
Peter Rubinstein, the father of John Rubinstein, and Mark Greer, the father of Lauren Greer, both spoke about the need to address addiction and thanked the Harrison Police Department for its quick action and commitment to helping people with heroin addiction needs.
“I, along with Senator Latimer, am grateful to the Harrison Police Department and would like to congratulate Chief Marraccini and his officers for a job well done,” said Buchwald.
“My department will relentlessly continue to pursue narcotic related investigations and is committed to assisting people who suffer from drug addiction to obtain the help they need to overcome their dependency,” said Marraccini.
“At a time when our country is facing an increase in opioid abuse, I am grateful to the Harrison Police Department for recognizing the severity of the problem,” said Belmont.
In an effort to assist communities as they battle the scourge of opioid abuse, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed a package of bills in June of this year to improve treatment as well as access to it.