Officers & Board Members
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ARPALER President Joe Cimino served 26 years with the Rochester Police Department. Among his various assignments, he worked in Area B Section, K-9 Squad, Tactical Unit, Special Criminal Investigation Unit, Administration, and Genesee Section. After his retirement from the RPD in 1985, he was the Director of Security for The Genesee Hospital until his retirement in 1998. In addition to his four years as President of the ARPALER, he is a security consultant, and is the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greece, NY and a Past Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis International, He is also a member of the Free & Accepted Masons, Damascus Shriners, Executive Board Member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, and Past President of the Police Rosewood Club, PBA, and also serves on the Ontario Park Beach Program Committee.
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Joseph C. Cimino


Exec. Vice President
Louis S. D'Angelo

Sergeant Louis D'Angelo retired from the Rochester Police Department after 34 years of service.  After his patrol assignments in Area C, Maple Section and the Tactical Unit, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Downtown Section.  He was then assigned as Commanding officer of the Licensing Section of the Central Investigation Division until his retirement in 2008.  Lou has been a member of the ARPALER since 1995 and is presently the Executive Vice President.  He is also a member of the Rochester Police Locust Club and the Rochester Police Commanding Officers Rosewood Club.  Lou serves on the ARPALER Major Events Committee,  Visitations and Memorial Services for Departed Officers.
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Secretary / Treasurer
Richard Fantanza

Richard “Dick” Fantanza retired after 33 years with the Rochester Police Department. He has been a member of the ARPALER since 1994. During his tenure with the RPD, he served as a Police Locust Club Board Member for 30 years, and as a Finance Committee member of the Locust Club for 25 years. He enjoys most sports as a spectator, and in addition to playing cards, he collects autographed baseball memorabilia, Coca Cola memorabilia, and old coins. Click to e-mail Richard Fantanza


Michael Belle-Isle retired from the Brighton Police Dept. after 20 yrs. of service. Among his various assignments,he served on road patrol, community service, and as an ID tech. After his retirement from the Brighton PD in 1997, he worked as a jobs counselor, finding jobs for people on welfare. He ended his career as a security officer at MCC.He is a member and past President  of the Greece Kiwanis Club, and is a member of American Legion Post 1182. Click to e-mail Michael Belle-Isle

Sergeant at Arms
Michael Belle-Isle


Vice President
Blaise J. DiNardo

Detective Blaise J. DiNardo retired from the Rochester Police Department after 20 years of service. He was appointed to the position of Police Officer in July, 1958 and retired in October, 1978. Among his various assignments, he worked in the Patrol Division, Traffic Section and Detective Bureau. After his retirement, he became Director of Security for Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. He is still active in the YMCA as a member of the Management Board, which oversees budgeting and day-to-day operations of the Metro Center YMCA. As campaign chairman, he coordinated volunteers and raised funds for the annual campaign for disadvantaged youth. Click to e-mail Blaise DiNardo

Vice President
Howard H. Merritt


ARPALER Vice President Howard H. Merritt was appointed to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in 1960 and assigned to Road Patrol.  In 1967 he was promoted and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division then retiring in 1990 after 30 years of service.  He sits on the Executive Board of the Sheriff's Office Association of Retirees (S.O.A.R.) and has been an active member of The ARPALER for 12 years.  Howard is also a member of the National Association of Deputy Sheriff's, C.O.P.S. Organization, and the 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron alumni association in Syracuse.  He is a Past Commander and presently the Finance Officer for Law enforcement Post 1182 of the American Legion.  Howard is a NASCAR racing fan, and a collector of antique tools, light houses, and beer steins. Click to e-mail Howard Merritt

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