National League of Cities Mourns Passing of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Councilmember Henry F. Marraffa, Jr.

WASHINGTON — October 18, 2016 — Councilmember Henry F. Marraffa, Jr., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away this morning following a battle with cancer. In addition to a career in public service spanning more than 20 years, his involvement in the National League of Cities (NLC) impacted many outside his community. He will be fondly remembered by city leaders across America who met him through his service on NLC's board of directors and Advisory Council, his leadership of the Community and Economic Development committee, and his participation in many other NLC activities.

"Councilmember Henry Marraffa exemplified public service. For more than 20 years, he proudly served his community not only locally, but also on the national stage as a leader of the National League of Cities," said National League of Cities (NLC) CEO Clarence E. Anthony. "He'll be remembered by many for his advocacy for easing regulatory burdens on small businesses and local entrepreneurs, and for tirelessly fighting to protect the Community Development Block Grant program."

Anthony added, "Henry never shied away from the opportunity to meet new people and make friends wherever he went. He leaves behind a legacy of service, and will be sincerely missed by the leaders, members and staff of the National League of Cities."

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