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Top 10 Harrison Stories Part Five: Election Frenzy

HARRISON, N.Y. - As the new year approaches, The Daily Harrison has compiled a list of the top 10 stories to come out of the town this past year. With some help from  local residents, we're hoping we can take readers back through the year and remember, reflect and discuss the biggest stories.

Stories are not ranked in any particular order.

Belmont, Harrison GOP Appear to Sweep Town Race - Original story ran on 11/8/11

The town of Harrison was buzzing last November when Ron Belmont and his GOP ticket swept incumbent Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh and her political campaign in her reelection bid. Several key issues swarmed various debates throughout town in the weeks leading up to the election and Belmont's supporters prevailed on Election Day.

Along with Belmont, elected officials included Town Clerk-elect Jackie Greer, Councilman-elect Steve Malfitano and the reelected Fred Sciliano, completing a completely Republican town board. The newly elected officials will be sworn in Jan. 1 in Harrison.

St. Vincent's Investigates Suicide in Harrison - Original story ran on 12/6/11

A suicide investigation was underway at St. Vincent's Hospital in Harrison after a female patient died there earlier this month, causing confusion and controversy.

Nubia Fernandez, 52, hanged herself inside the psychiatric hospital Saturday afternoon, according to the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office. New York's Office of Mental Health said St. Vincent's must now work to file a mandatory report on the incident.

Though the cause of the incident was unknown, published reports in The Journal News cited St. Vincent's staff citing crews being understaffed, resulting in poor patient supervision. The hospital was recorded to have filed for bankruptcy last spring.

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