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Top 10 Harrison Stories Part Three: Crash, Irene

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.

Victims Identified in Westchester Plane Crash - Original story ran on 6/19/11

A small airplane crash made headlines last summer when a Manhattan man reported issues before attempting to land, killing himself and three others. The small single-engine jet crashed near an MBIA office building at 113 New King St. in Armonk soon after taking off on the afternoon of June 18 from the Westchester County Airport.

The victims were identified as Keith Weiner, 63, wife Lisa Weiner, 51, daughter Isabel Weiner, 14, and Isabel's friend Lucy Walsh, 14.

Reports said that Keith Weiner was piloting the jet when he experienced a mechanical failure, causing him to radio that he will be turning around to land. On his way back, the jet approached the ground too quickly and clipped nearby trees before crashing and bursting into flames.

The plane took off about 1:05 p.m. for Montauk and was circling back to land with engine trouble before crashing in the wooded area behind MBIA Inc. headquarters at 113 King Street at 1:10 p.m.

There has not been a major airplane crash reported at the Westchester County Airport since.

Harrison Fire Department Gears Up for Irene - Original story ran on 8/26/11

Hurricane season was in full swing last August when Irene made her way up the eastern coast. Though she was only a tropical storm by the time she reached town, residents in Harrison were no different from the rest of the region in taking as many precautions as possible before Irene.

Harrison Fire Chief Dino DelSignore worked tirelessly with his crew in the days leading up to the storm to prepare, assessing equipment and collecting essentials, and to say they were stocked would be an understatement. Essentials included food, water, a 12-foot boat, cots, chainsaws and a four-wheel vehicle to navigate through the storm.

The fire department worked closely with Harrison Emergency Medical Services and the police department to assist anyone in need. Though the town experienced several power outages in the wake of the storm, there were no significant injuries to report after it barrelled through.

Opening classes were called off at nearby Purchase and Manhattanville colleges and Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh stayed in constant contact with the residents via email to assure that necessary information was available.

Since the storm, all power was restored to Harrison and very little significant damage was reported. Though several trees had fallen , the town's department of public works quickly removed any downed branches within a matter of days.

Stay tuned throughout the week for follow-ups and expanded reflections on more stories.

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