HARRISON, N.Y. - A generous contribution to a memorial fund honoring the late Harrison Clerk Joseph Acocella, Jr . kicked off Thursday's town village board meeting, courtesy of the Harrison Department of Public Works (DPW).
Council member Joseph Cannella accepted a donation of $525 on behalf of the Harrison DPW in the company of the late clerk's father, Joseph Acocella, Sr. The money will be put into the Joseph Acocella, Jr. Fund , which makes contributions to organizations and charities that Acocella worked with or cared for, including Donate Life and some non-kill animal shelters.
"That's absolutely wonderful," Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont said as the money was presented to the town village board before the room broke into applause.
Acocella died last August of medical complications. He was awaiting a kidney transplant at the time of his death.
The foundation was created with help from Cannella to assist the causes dearest to Acocella's heart. Thus far over $30,000 has been raised since its inception, Cannella said.
There are no minimum contributions and all are tax-deductible.
Residents can mail contributions to:
The Westchester Community Foundation, Acocella Fund
200 North Central Park Ave., Suite 310
Hartsdale, N.Y. 10530
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