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.

Investigators find victim’s cigarette cause of house fire

An early morning fire on Aug. 13 at the Park Knoll apartment complex on Underhill Avenue in West Harrison took the life of a 61-year-old woman who investigators determined was the cause of the blaze after failing to put out her cigarette. Firefighters responding to 911 calls arrived at 154 Underhill Ave. at approximately 5 […]

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

By DANIEL OFFNER A traffic stop along the Westchester Avenue corridor on July 22 led Harrison police to arrest two men from White Plains for possession of illegal narcotics. The suspects were apprehended on eight felony charges and were committed to county jail. According to police, at approximately 10:45 a.m. the arresting officer pulled over […]

Town employee arrested, suspended

On July 26, Harrison police apprehended Christopher Colasacco, a town employee with the Department of Public Works Highway Division, for falsely reporting an incident while on duty. Sources also indicated that the Harrison Police Department filed the charges against Colasacco, for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. Following the […]

County airport to update its master plan

It is fortunate that the public hearing on the City Council’s latest foray into the field of ethics is as far off as Sept. 11, of all dates. They need that much time to think about what they did on Aug. 5. On Aug. 5 the City Council laid down some ethics rules and then […]

Move over Quiznos, Cozy Cafe is coming to town

By DANIEL OFFNER It’s been more than a year and a half since the former Quiznos Sub in downtown Harrison closed shop, and now a new business plans to open its doors at the intersection of Halstead and Harrison avenues. The Cozy Cafe—not to be confused with the Cosi franchise—has staked claim to the property […]

County airport to update its master plan

By DANIEL OFFNER Officials with  the county Department of Public Works and Transportation met with members of the public last month to solicit comments regarding the development of a new master plan for the Westchester County Airport in Purchase. Last updated in 1987, the county airport’s master plan serves as a description and analysis of […]

DeCicco’s to close shop in Chester Heights

By DANIEL OFFNER After 27 years in the Chester Heights area, DeCicco’s Family Markets—a family-run chain consisting of 10 full-service supermarkets located throughout Westchester and Rockland counties—will shutter doors this week to its second staple location in Bronxville, after years of financial difficulties. “We weren’t making the sales like we once did a few years […]

Get to Noam: Bramson hits the campaign trail

By DANIEL OFFNER With the stage set for a contentious electoral season, the two candidates running for Westchester County executive have taken their campaigns on the road, touring the county one town hall at a time. For the incumbent, Republican Rob Astorino, the campaign strategy is one he has been implementing over the past year […]