Author Archives: Daniel Offner

About Daniel Offner

Daniel Offner joined Hometown Media Group as a staff reporter in 2012 after working as a freelancer and has since covered the Town/Village of Harrison and the villages of Bronxville and Larchmont. Offner holds a B.A. in journalism from SUNY Stony Brook and has previous experience as an intern for WSHU, an NPR affiliate in Fairfield, Conn. He is also an avid photographer, occasional blogger, and an amateur web designer who aspires to one day write for a national publication. Reach Dan at 914-653-1000 x26 or dan@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @harrisonreport.

Uncertainty surrounds outside attorney hiring

By DANIEL OFFNER With the final hearings on the Beaver Swamp Brook property expected to convene in November, Harrison Town Attorney Frank Allegretti appears to have hired outside legal counsel to assist in the discovery demands that have been requested by the City of Rye and residents in both communities. But it remains unclear if […]

Court dismisses charges against town employee

By DANIEL OFFNER After sending members of the Harrison Police Department on a wild goose chase in July, town employee Christopher Colasacco returned to court this week to answer charges he made a false report to police of an erratic driver in downtown Harrison. On Aug. 27, Harrison Town Justice Hon. Marc Lust dismissed the […]

County executive race focuses on social service cuts

By DANIEL OFFNER As the 2013 election season creeps steadily closer, candidates in the race for Westchester county executive are now butting heads over budgetary cuts to the county Department of Social Services. During the last fiscal budget cycle, the county adopted a $1.7 billion budget, which reduced the department’s funding by $6.9 million and […]

Harrison schools weather new ELAs

By DANIEL OFFNER The results are in and students enrolled in the Harrison Central School District—like most students in New York State—saw test scores plummet when faced with the newly implemented state English Language Arts and Mathematics exams. Based on the results, the average grades for Harrison school district students taking the exam in 2013 […]

Water works responds to civil lawsuit

By DANIEL OFFNER In response to a civil lawsuit against Westchester County government for failing to implement the Ultra Violet treatment necessary to comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, officials with the Westchester Joint Water Works are assuring its customers that the water is safe to drink. “Our water is tested daily and […]

Harrison finds a new “Jewel”

By DANIEL OFFNER It is often said, as one road ends, another begins. Well, that is precisely the case for Harrison’s central business district, which, in past decades, has struggled to attract and maintain commerce downtown. However, for one business, success outside the town’s jurisdiction has made a vacant storefront within the Claremon Shopping center—located […]

Former Bronxville Mayor Stein dies

By DANIEL OFFNER On Aug. 10, former Bronxville Mayor Sheila Stein died at age 76 after a battle with cancer. Stein, a Republican, was first elected to the village Board of Trustees in 1987 and served six terms. She then set her sights on the state arena, running on the GOP ticket for state Assembly […]

County executive race turns to elected officials’ benefits

By DANIEL OFFNER Tensions are running high in the race for Westchester county executive after last week’s state Supreme Court decision rescinding incumbent Republican Rob Astorino’s chances at a write-in primary for the Independence Party line. The court’s decision invalidated any opportunity-to-ballot petitions Independence Party members had collected on behalf of the county executive, after […]

By DANIEL OFFNER With just a few short weeks of summer vacation remaining before the bell rings to signal the start of the 2013-2014 school year, incoming and returning Harrison High School students can expect to see some major changes including renovations made to the school cafeteria, a new physical education director, a new director […]

Court cancels Astorino Independence primary

By DANIEL OFFNER Bad blood between Republican County Executive Rob Astorino and Westchester County Independence Party Chairman Dr. Giulio Cavallo escalated from a third party endorsement into a fracas at court this week, culminating with the nullification of Astorino’s efforts at a write-in primary for the Independence line. The ongoing feud, which dates back to […]