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DEA honors longtime cop, union official Lou Matarazzo


Detectives’ Endowment Association board officers last week unveiled a plaque at the union’s Thomas Street headquarters honoring the late Louis Matarazzo, who was the union’s legislative director. Matarazzo, who was 83 when he died in February, also headed the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association in the late 1990s. As that union’s president, he guided legislation that eventually moved the PBA out from the city’s purview in contract disputes. 

During his subsequent tenure as the DEA’s legislative director, Matarazzo played a key role in the passage of legislation that established disability pensions and line-of-duty death benefits for municipal workers who became ill or died as a result of recovery efforts following the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. A city cop for over 35 years, Matarazzo was involved in police unions for 50 years.


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