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Brookhaven supervisor asks police about alleged assault

Edward P. Romaine is the Brookhaven town supervisor.

Edward P. Romaine is the Brookhaven town supervisor. (Sept. 4 , 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has asked Suffolk County police to explain why a man who allegedly assaulted a town employee on duty in February was not charged with that crime.

In a letter to Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis, Romaine said Walter Maresco, 69, who works for the town law department, was allegedly assaulted by a north Coram resident after Maresco left a court appearance notice in the resident's doorway. The notice related to an alleged violation of the town housing code. The incident occurred on Feb. 4.

"Three weeks after the assault of our town investigator, no charge, let alone arrest, has been made of the alleged assailant," Romaine wrote. "I personally would be outraged if a similar assault was made on a police officer."

Suffolk police said Maresco had no injuries when he filed a police report shortly after the incident.

"There are legal requirements for assault and Maresco's injuries didn't legally meet the criteria," said Deputy Police Chief Kevin Fallon.

Town officials say that Maresco, who has worked for Brookhaven for 38 years, had red marks on his neck and ear and must now routinely visit a doctor. According to Romaine's letter, Maresco was leaving a notice to appear in court in the doorway of the home when a resident of the house tackled him. A neighbor, Nicholas Gironda, 21, intervened.

"You hear all kinds of bad things about young people, but that man can walk on water as far as I'm concerned," Maresco said of Gironda, a Brookhaven volunteer firefighter.

Last month, Brookhaven Town issued Gironda a proclamation for helping Maresco.

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