Officers/Board Members

President Joseph C. Cimino

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. Click to e-mail Joseph 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

Sergeant at Arms Michael Bell-Isle

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

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

Blue & Grey Editor & Public Relations Coordinator Anthony DeBellis

Sergeant Tony DeBellis, retired in 2008, after a 38-year career with the Rochester Police Department. During his RPD service, he worked nearly every section of the City and was also a member of the SWAT Team. He spent the last 12 years of his career assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section working in the Crime Analysis Unit and, most recently, the Major Crimes Unit. Tony is also a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and retired in 1996 at the rank of Master Sergeant. He is a past recipient of the Henry Jensen Memorial Award.


COPS Memorial Committee James VanBrederode

Chief James VanBrederode has been a member of the Gates Police Dept. for more than 20 years, and he was a member of the Rochester Police Dept. for 3 years. He has been a member of ARPALER “…since the Gillette days.” Jim is Chairman of the COPS Memorial Committee. He serves on the C.O.P.S. Board as Treasurer and is a Piper Major for the Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums Band. Jim is a member of the Roberts Wesleyan College Alumni Assoc., Ogden Town Republican Committee, Gates Historical Society, Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums and the Church of the Epiphany. He enjoys playing bagpipes and collecting antique fire trucks.

Chaplain Deacon Angelo J. Coccia

Deacon Angelo J. Coccia retired after serving as a City Court Officer and Court Bail Officer for 25 years. He was ordained a Deacon by the Rochester Diocese in 1988. He is the founder & Coordinator of the St. Francis House and joined ARPALER in 2003. He officiates at many funerals of ARPALER members, and participates in the COPS Vigil as well as the ceremonies for National Police Week.



Elections Committee Brian Page

Brian Page retired from the Rochester Police Dept. at the rank of Captain after 22 years of service. He served as Chief of Police in Ithaca, NY for 1 year and then returned to Monroe County where he served as Fairport, NY Chief of Police for 11 years. He has been a member of ARPALER for 12 years and is Chairman of the Elections Committee. Brian is a member of the NYS Chiefs of Police, International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police and the Rochester PBA. His hobbies include billiards, poker and custom cars. He operates “Brian Page Automotive”, selling vehicles wholesale to the public and collector cars on E-Bay. Click to e-mail Brian Page

Photographer Sam Platania

Sam is a retiree from Xerox Corporation where he worked as tester, troubleshooter and repairman. In addition to being our photographer, he has been a very active associate member of ARPALER since 1995, and serves on the reception committee on meeting days. Sam is a member of the Amalgamated Retiree Organization and the National Rifle Association. His hobbies include being a healthcare provider with Shaklee Products, Photography, and since 1959, he has been helping people as a barber/hairdresser.