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Harrison Attorney Runs for County Legislator

Frank A. Acocella spent much of his life as a resident of Harrison and for his current run for the Westchester County Legislature he said he wants to give back to his home and the rest of the district by saving the county money.“Taxes are always on everyone’s mind,” he said. “I want to show Westchester that there is so much more to taxes than what meets the eye.”Acocella is the Democratic nominee to serve the sixth Legislative District, which includes Harrison, Port Chester and Rye. He said if he won he hopes to continue the work of current Legislator Martin Rogowsky, who announced he would not run for re-election.Acocella moved to Harrison in 1991 while in his junior year at Iona Preparatory School and said he became close with many residents beyond his immediate family. By observing his younger sister’s experience at Harrison High School, he said, he grew fond of the town’s education system and its staff.“Harrison is home,” he said. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”Acocella ran for Harrison Town Clerk in 2007 against current Town Clerk Joseph Acocella, to whom he has no relation.In addition to his political ambitions, Acocella works as an attorney in Purchase as head of Acocella and Associates, a firm he launched. He also served as counsel to Rogowsky, a man he often cited as inspirational and influential to his political ambitions.His background in the private sector for more than 10 years, Acocella said, would help him bring a fresh perspective to county politics. He said his proven ability to run a business developed qualities that could benefit the public sector.“I’ve already had a taste of county politics and I want to help,” he said. “I really enjoy thinking of new and creative ways to cut expenses and raise county revenues.”Acocella lives in Harrison with his family and belongs to many local organizations and committees. He said his goal is to achieve public office, but can only declare it his passion once it becomes a reality.“I can’t wait to get out there and speak with the people,” he said. “I want to continue working to bring my private sector experience to the government and allow for the county government to benefit from who I am."

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