Issuu on Google+ Vol. 13/Number 14 State of emergency County: HPD shooting accidental By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER A new Harrison Emergency Operations Center is in the design phase. The command post, once constructed, would be located adjacent to police headquarters and serve as a center for town and police officials during disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. For story, see page 6. File photo Still no preliminary school budget as vote nears By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER As the April 26 mandatory deadline to adopt a school budget for 2013-14 rapidly approaches, Harrison school administration officials have yet to release any proposed plan, as of press time. And the news has started to evoke some concern amongst the local community. Resident Pat Angarano said that the only budget information pro- vided on the district’s website is the date of the budget vote, which is on May 21. Angarano, who wrote a letter to The Harrison Report, said he is concerned over the transparency, or lack thereof, of the district’s budget process to date. “School taxes are a big part of our tax bill in this town,” Angarano said. “I know there are many Harrison residents who do not have children in our schools, but don’t they have the right to know about the budget The Harrison Central School District has yet to disclose its proposed budget for 2013-14. Residents of the district will be asked to vote on the budget on May 21. File Photo April 5, 2013 process?” According to Schools Superintendent Louis Wool, the district is using every piece of data available to construct an accurate budget, which he said sometimes requires the board update it up to the deadline. “It is our responsibility to determine how to craft a spending plan that doesn’t create fear or issue statements that cannot be verified,” Wool said. “We want to provide an accurate picture instead of early preliminary work.” Angarano referenced school districts in neighboring communities that have regularly updated their websites to include information on the upcoming budget. “I looked at the Mamaroneck and Rye schools’ websites and the information about their budgets is prominently posted and broken down to various stages in the process,” Anagarano said. Currently, spending proposals have been presented in all of the area schools. Rye City schools’ $75.5 million budget was first pitched on Feb. 12; the Mamaroneck school budget, which is proposing $127.7 million in spending was released to the public on March 14; and the $234.2 million New Rochelle school BUDGET continued on page 15 Following a six-month investigation, the county Department of Public Safety has determined the officer-involved shooting along the I-287 corridor in Harrison was accidental, according to a report submitted to the District Attorney. On Oct. 18, Harrison Police Lt. Vito Castellano, a 15-year police veteran and firearms instructor, fired two shots from his weapon during a multijurisdictional sting operation executed by members of the Harrison Police Department, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. According to police officials, one of the shots fired struck Daniel DiBiase, 55, one of three men who were indicted by federal prosecutors with alleged ties to an interstate burglary ring. Police also apprehended Carmine Stanzione, 57, and Jason Foskey, 34, for their role in two burglaries in Bedford and New Canaan, Conn. Sources indicated that one of the shots fired during the high profile bust also struck fellow Harrison police officer Detective Stephen Barone. Following the incident, Harrison police officials called upon investigators with the county to review the case. County Public Information Officer Kieran O’Leary, told The Harrison Report that the depart- ment has concluded its investigation. O’Leary wouldn’t offer further comment. On March 29, Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney, told The Harrison Report the DA’s office has fully reviewed the report and concurs with the Department of Public Safety’s findings. “The officer’s weapon was accidentally discharged,” Chalfen said. “Therefore we have no basis to go forward with criminal charges.” Chalfen said that apart from the Department of Public Safety’s findings, he would not comment further on the details of the report, which includes specific details regarding the officer’s firearm used during the incident. However, according to a report in The Journal News last October, the lieutenant fired two rounds from an AR-15 rifle. “I think the county police department did a very thorough and extensive investigation and their findings are concrete,” said Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini. Harrison Police Lt. Castellano refused comment regarding the county’s findings, as of press time. Additional sources have indicated that Barone has sought legal counsel after he was shot during the incident in question. However, it remains unclear if he plans to file suit against the town. Award-winning Newspaper Published weekly

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