He came back to Troop C June of 1989, assigned as zone commander in Binghamton. In 1992 he was promoted to captain and transferred to Troop C headquarters in Sidney in 1992. He was assigned as zone commander in Oneonta Sept. 1994 and became major Dec. 2006.
Among his most memorable events over the years was being assigned to work the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. This included watching the U.S. Hockey team win the gold medal.
“It was a wonderful experience,” he said.
He feels “blessed” to be part of an organization that allows him to work with “with so many great professionals who are completely dedicated as public servants.”
His lowest points have been the times when a member of the troop has died. This includes May 20, 1994 when Investigator Ricky Parisian was killed, while trying to stop an Oneonta supermarket robbery while off duty.
“I remember that as though it was yesterday,” Molinari said.
He does not know who his replacement will be. That will be determined by the state police superintendent, after his retirement becomes official.
Retirement plans call for Molinari and his wife to move to the home they own near Charlotte, N.C. Both of their children live nearby.
He won’t miss the cold winters and the couple plan on visiting Oneonta regularly.
Molinari said he has worked since he is 8 years old, when he delivered newspapers for The Daily Star, so he does not plan on finding traditional employment when he retires.
He plans on volunteering, maybe in a hospital or church, to keep busy. He and his wife enjoy outdoor activities. “We’ve put that off raising children,” he said. They will now have an opportunity to “enjoy life” do some traveling.