HARRISON, N.Y. - The following letter was sent to Harrison reporter Phil Corso from the family of late Town Clerk Joey Acocella endorsing Jackie Greer (R) for the position.
Jackie Greer, 48, a life-long Harrison resident and former Parson's Memorial School PTA president, is campaigning for Harrison's town clerk against 23-year-old Frank Corvino (D). She's endorsed by the Republican Party and was chosen to replace Acocella, who was the original Republican candidate until his death in early August.
On Aug. 8, 2011 Harrison lost one it's most valued treasures, Town Clerk Joseph Acocella.
To Harrison residents he was Joey. To us, he was a son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He touched the soul of so many lives and he supported so many worthy causes.
He was a hero to many and a truly remarkable person.
After Joseph's passing our family decided that we wouldn't become involved in this year's election process. However; in recent weeks our family has read the negative material published by the Walsh Team and their supporters. We are dismayed at how sad this has become. It smacks in the face of everything that Joseph stood for therefore, decided as a family we must get involved. It is truly what Joseph would have wanted us to do.
We unequivocally and without hesitation endorse and support Ron Belmont and his entire team. Our dad, Joe Sr., knows of his abilities through working for the Town and seeing him in action. We know him almost all our lives and have the highest regard for his honesty, integrity, and his ability to work alongside almost everyone. He is more than capable of being Harrison's next mayor.
We know how close Joseph worked with both Mr. Malfitano and Mr. Sciliano and we have no doubt as to their qualifications and abilities. We know he would have been proud to work alongside men of such distinguished character, intelligence and professionalism.
Finally, without any hesitation whatsoever, we whole heartedly endorse the candidacy of Jacqueline "Jackie" Greer. We have known Jackie for over 30 years, first as a friend and then as a co-worker. We know first-hand that Jackie has not only the qualifications to be Harrison's next Town Clerk but she also has the experience to sit in the chair that Joseph occupied. She has promised our family that she would continue to establish the "No Knock Registry" that was so important to Joseph and make sure the dog park was maintained and cared for as that was Joseph's last achievement. She is by far the only candidate one should consider when walking into the voter's both on Nov. 8, 2011.
The Acocella Family
Joseph Sr., Anthony, Michele & Laura
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