PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Fifty-three proud officers strutted across the stage on Friday as the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy.
Hundreds of family members, many of them active or retired from law enforcement careers, stood and cheered as their loved ones' names were called during a ceremony at SUNY Purchase.
"You can hoot and holler all you want,'' Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino told the audience.
The 139th graduating class involved 13 Westchester County police departments, as well as recruits destined for the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and Rockville Centre, Long Island.
Astorino called their months of training "the best there is. . . .These new officers are in the streets at a very turbulent time. . . . I will stand with you and I will have your back no matter what comes your way."
Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said, "We come together today to celebrate success. . . .We demanded their best and they gave it to us."
And Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone, who is president of the Westchester County Chiefs of Association, said, "Remember your training and use it."
About two-thirds of Friday's graduates are related to active or retired police officers, parole officers or corrections officers who joined them on stage when they received their certificates. The graduates include:
Bedford: Warren Ahmad
Croton-on-Hudson: Vincent Falcone.
Harrison: Francesco Antolino, Rocky Consigliere and John Salov
Mamaroneck Town: Ashley Didomizio, Michael Locatelli, Katie Pietropaolo and Robert Rotella.
Mount Vernon: Emanuel Anjo, Alexander Bess, Lindsay Braig, Frank Castillo, Joseph D’Alesandro, Joshua Howard, Lanell Jones, Philip Leonti, Brianna Mecca, Michael Moculski, Edgar Moreta, Elias Reyes and Nazeem Al Din Whipper.
New Rochelle: Michael Alberico, Raymond Beckley, Stephen Correale, Edison Gramajo and Carlos Jimenez.
Ossining: Addison Chavez, Adam Dubray, Richard Kamp, Daniel Plachta and Connor Tompkins
Pelham: Thomas Burpee and Christopher Hearle.
Pleasantville: Philip Rotondo.
Rye: Brett Schlosser.
Scarsdale: Daniel McGinn.
White Plains: Jarrod Delos Santos, Deopaul Mahadeo, Christopher Midulla, Thomas Spano and Paul Wenzel.
Yonkers: Stephen Cedor, Michael Malizia, Philip McDonough, Sanjay Richards, Robert Spink, Ronald Taylor, Jessica Travis, Anthony Tyndal Jr. and Christopher Vingo.
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