PURCHASE, N.Y. -- More than 1,000 family members, friends and fellow law enforcement officials celebrated the graduation on Friday of Westchester County's newest 60 police officers from 17 local police departments.
During a ceremony for the 140th Session Basic Recruit Class, County Executive Rob Astorino reminded parents how quickly "your little boys and girls have grown up."
"This isn't a Wimbleton (tennis) match. This is a big day,'' Astorino said. "You can hoot and holler."
The new officers completed 20 weeks of training at a newly-renovated police academy in Valhalla, 10 times the length of the first class held in 1959, according to county Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth. He said they are the first class to graduate from a newly-renovated training academy after a $10 million county investment.
Reflecting on "the horrific" attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, Calif., Astorino noted that the curriculum included substantial counter-terrorism
“We have prepared these new officers as best we can to respond to the worst incidents we can imagine – from active-shooter events to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction," Astorino said. "It is our prayer that they never have to do so. But while we hope for the best, we have prepared them for the worst."
Longworth presented the new officers with their certificates while welcoming them “to the Westchester law enforcement family and the best job on Earth.”
The new officers and their departments in Westchester are:
Eastchester: Christian Delarosa and John Martin.
Greenburgh: Thomas Nee and Colin Tiedemann.
Larchmont : Michael Della Vecchia.
Mamaroneck Town : William Brusack.
Mamaroneck Village: Dominic Carelli.
Mount Vernon: Dervin Chery, David Culbert, James Hunt, Matthew LaLindez, Jinish Mathew, Darius Mitchell, Luis Odar, Ison Patterson, Marilena Sophia and Joseph Valente.
New Rochelle: Marisa Bird, Christopher Carelli, John Conklin, Ted Cordaro, Samuel Goldman, Francis Gray, Harry Kyreakedes, Jeffrey Marello, Alec McKenna, Gary Moss and Joseph Nieves.
North Castle: Christopher Costa and Steven Vitolo
Ossining: Louis Rinaldi.
Port Chester: Mark Morales and Kevin Munnelly.
Rye Brook: Linda Dekonski.
Sleepy Hollow: Gregory Lobato, Angela Martello, Reamonn McGuire and Lisanny Neris.
Scarsdale: Nicholas Cascioli and Nicholas Kringas.
White Plains: Manuel Maya, Eric Molina and Martha Tineo.
Yonkers: Thomas Bennett, Stephen Brown, Anthony Fico, Thomas Goff, Andrew Lane, Kayla Maher, Francis McDonald, Brendan Moore, Ryan Moran, Steven Nicosia, Joseph Parrella, Richard Reilly, ElyssaTellone and John Zappia.
Yorktown: Timothy Curtin and Gregory Palladino.
Westchester County: Michael Hagan.