Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Andrea Rebello’s family walking out of the church after her funeral service in Sleepy Hollow, NY. (Photo: Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Teary-eyed mourners descended on the cozy Westchester County village of Sleepy Hollow Wednesday to say their final goodbyes to the Hofstra University student tragically gunned down during a home invasion last week.Family and friends of Andrea Rebello packed St. Teresa of Avila Church, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Rebello grew up in the neighboring village of Tarrytown.A gentle breeze rolled over the hills as mourners sauntered into the church, many too heartbroken to talk. The hearse carrying Rebello’s coffin rolled up to the front of the church as her parents and twin sister, Jessica, emerged under a cloudy sky. Their father wrapped his arm around Jessica as the family slowly walked up the stairs and into the church.“Andrea was a good student like Jessica,” said father Osvaldo Franklin, speaking before the funeral mass. “She was a good daughter, they came from a good family.”Franklin administered Rebello’s first communion and remembers her volunteering at the church.“The family has strong faith,” he said, adding, “this faith will help them in this moment.”Rebello’s parents and twin sister have yet to publicly speak about her tragic death during an early-morning home invasion at her off campus rental house on Friday.Dalton Smith, a career criminal and parolee who absconded from parole in February, barged into the California Avenue house around 2:20 a.m., police said, hoping to rob the four Hofstra students inside for money and jewelry.Pall Bearer’s bringing Andrea Rebello’s coffin into the church in Sleepy Hollow. (Photo: Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Rebello and Smith were shot and killed by a Nassau County police officer who felt threatened when Smith pulled his gun on the cop while holding Rebello in a headlock, police said.The unidentified cop fired eight times, striking Rebello, a public relations major, once in the head. The violent ending to Rebello’s young life has gripped both Hofstra and the Westchester area where she grew up.“She was always happy, very friendly,” said Carla Correia, a family friend who worked with Rebello’s father. “She was an example for all the kids growing up.”“She was like half of her sister,” she added while walking toward the church. “They used to be very close to each other.”Andrea Rebello (Photo: Instagram)Jessica appeared distraught as she made her way out of the funeral, her eyes peering toward the ground as Rebello’s casket returned to the hearse before she was taken to her final resting place in a Sleepy Hollow cemetery. A sea of black streamed out of the church as grim-faced mourners poured out.“It’s a big loss,” said Correia. “It’s a big question mark why this happened.”The investigation into the deadly shooting is ongoing. The Nassau County District Attorney’s office is also investigating as it does every police shooting, a spokesman said.The officer, a father with 12 years on the job, is currently on sick leave and is spending his days with close relatives and friends, officials said. The Nassau police union that represents him said Tuesday that they’re sticking behind their officer, noting that Smith, whose rap sheet dates back 14 years, should be blamed for the incident.“There’s only person responsible for what happened early Friday morning,” Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said. “And that’s the ex-con that was on parole and while on parole violated his parole and was still out there to commit more violent crimes as he did the other day.”As for the Rebello’s, the wound is still deep as they continue to cope with the tragic loss just days before the end of the spring semester.“We need to pray for the family,” said Franklin.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI don’t understand the way the city of Schenectady handled, or failed to handle, the building at 104 Jay St. that burned down, causing several fatalities. Saratoga Springs has a different approach. I own a commercial property in Saratoga.It was built in the 1950s. Fifty-five years after it was built, the state Department of Health mandated that I, the owner, install two fire doors off the boiler room, install a check valve in the sprinkler system to prevent backflow, and install a fire alarm system. The fire alarm system was to include a control panel, backup battery, heat sensor, sprinkler flow sensor and a pull station. I submitted a design. I coupled the fire doors into the fire alarm system, whereby alarm activation automatically closes the fire doors. The Health Department made several design comments, which were then resolved. The system was installed and operational a few months later. It’s inspected annually. Who inspects it? Not the building inspector. Every year, I’m required to hire a private firm that does such inspections.Results are available on-site and are submitted to the local government agency. The inspecting firm can resolve any issues on the spot, since they also do installations. In fact, every year, I’m required to have five separate inspections, not one of which is done by the building inspector.What is inspected and who inspects? Rooms — fire departments; boiler, fire alarm system, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers — a private firm.If you think about it, the more trained people conducting inspections, the less likely something will be missed.Dick ValeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop
Holmwood Technical narrowed the lead Edwin Allen held to four points after victory in the Girls Javelin Throw Open event, which Georgette Samuels won with a distance of 46.64m on Friday at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. Last year’s winner Sah-jay Stevens of St Jago could only muster second despite a much better distance than she did last year with 46.05m. In 2016 she threw 43.60m to win. Third place went to Kimoy Phillips of Petersfield with a distance of 43.08m. After seven finals the points standings were Edwin Allen 40 points, Holmwood Technical 36 points, Hydel 35 points, St Jago 34 points, and Excelsior 33 points.