Board Authorizes Funding for Police Training Courses and Fire Department Equipment Purchases

By Stephen E. Lipken


At the Board of Trustees meeting on February 15, Harrison Town/Village Supervisor/Mayor Richard Dionisio accepted the retirement of Detective Derka Abbate, effective February 27, the cap on legal fees and related expenses was raised to $175,000 in the matter of Willow Ridge Country Club Condemnation, and the appointment of Elizabeth Brown, Liaison between Town of Harrison and Fire District #2, was authorized.

The Board approved two requests by Police Chief John Vasta. The first was for two department members to attend Street Cop Training—Becoming the New York Traffic Law Expert on March 25 at the Putnam County Training and Operations Center in Carmel; the second was for one department member to attend the 2024 Firearms Instructor Course given by the Rockland County Police Academy Range in Haverstraw from April 12-26. 

The Board also authorized Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie to purchase equipment for Fire District #2 from monies that were rolled into the district’s fund balance at the end of 2023, Scott Air Packs for Municipal Emergency Services, and Talos Security Systems for ID Card and Access System for Downtown Fire House.

Additionally, the Board granted permission to Doreen Grozinger from the Harrison Council for the Arts to use the Municipal Building for an art reception for the Harrison Central School District’s students and on April 28 from 12:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. for the reception of Art of the Young Child, an exhibit of art and photos of the Harrison Children’s Center. 

Finally, the Board granted Catherine Tammaro, Director of Community Services, permission to enter into a partner agreement with Feeding Westchester.