Town employee arrested, suspended


Town employee Chris Colasacco, pictured here, was arrested by Harrison Police last month after falsely reporting an incident of an erratic driver downtown. Contributed photo

On July 26, Harrison police apprehended Christopher Colasacco, a town employee with the Department of Public Works Highway Division, for falsely reporting an incident while on duty. Sources also indicated that the Harrison Police Department filed the charges against Colasacco, for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Following the arrest, the town court issued two  orders of protection for individuals, who had given testimony against Colasacco.

According to Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini, the department responded after receiving Colasacco’s false report of an erratic driver in downtown Harrison.

“As far as I know, the reason why we looked into it was because the report sounded sketchy,” Marraccini said.

Arraigned in town court on Aug. 6 for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, Colasacco’s fate has yet to be determined. According to his Facebook page, Colasacco has been under the employ of the town’s highway department since 2004 and is a member of Teamsters Union 456.

Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, said that, while there will be repercussions for Colasacco’s behavior while on duty, he has yet to authorize any disciplinary action as of press time.

“I want him to be the first to know,” Belmont said, “But there will be punitive action.”

Although Belmont was unclear as to whether or not the potential of suspension or even termination from the town’s labor force was a possibility, he said that Colasacco will have some “time off.”

However, several sources close to the proceedings have confirmed that Colasacco has been placed on 15-day suspension without pay.

Colasacco was let off with a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Aug. 27.

-Reporting by DANIEL OFFNER